Bad Sister by Sam Carrington #BlogTour @AvonBooksUK @sam_carrington1


About this book…


When flames rip through their family home, only teenager Stephanie and her younger brother escape unhurt. Brett always liked to play with fire, but now their dad is dead and someone has to pay the price.


Psychologist Connie Summers wants to help Stephanie rebuild her life. She has a new name, a young son and everything to live for. But when Stephanie receives a letter from someone she’d hoped would never find her, Connie is forced to question what really happened that night. But some truths are better left alone . . .

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Bad Sister will have fans of Sue Fortin, B.A. Paris and Linda Green hooked until the final page.

My review..

Having read and loved Saving Sophie, I was thrilled to see that Sam Carrington had written another dark and brooding crime thriller and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. So a cold, stormy Monday afternoon (with no children!) was the perfect excuse to cuddle up with Bad Sister and I hardly moved from the sofa whilst reading it, only venturing into the kitchen to make cups of tea when needed. Athough this book had me in such a state of intense anxiety that by the time I was near the end I had to replace that tea with a rather large G&T!

Right from the opening few pages, the compelling narrative grabbed my full attention and didn’t let me go for the entire book. In fact, I don’t think I have become so racked with frustration at a novel for a very long time as I became desperate to know EXACTLY what was going on and what secrets were being kept from Connie. I really did feel for her as she became completely obsessed with finding out what had happened in Stephanie’s past to make her client so paranoid whilst also realising that not all in her own family was as it seemed. And what on earth is the connection with one of the investigating team?! I promise that you will be as exasperated as I was with the many twists and turns, none of them giving me the answers I craved! If you have high blood pressure then beware -this book will seriously mess with your stress levels!

I was never really sure whether or not I really liked Connie but I did love the investigating police team.  When DI Lindsay Wade and her colleague Mack are called to an incredibly gruesome murder scene outside a prison, they discover a connection with psychologist Connie, who is then dragged into a nightmare scenario where she fears for her own safety. But this then also lead to an unexpectedly poignant friendship that really worked well for me and made me want more! So I do hope that there can be a continuation of this part of the storyline in future books!

If you haven’t read Saving Sophie then I’m convinced you will be straight onto your preferred bookseller as soon as you finish Bad Sister ordering yourself a copy. There are a few nods to what happened in that book within the narrative that will intrigue you (but without giving you any spoilers!) and so I would definitely recommend you give Saving Sophie a try if you love this one. Bad Sister is a top notch thriller that will shock you to your very core!

Bad Sister is available to purchase now from Amazon UK (affiliates link) published by Avon. I received my review copy from the publisher via netgalley.

Meet the author…

Sam Carrington lives in Devon with her husband and three children. She worked for the NHS for 15 years, during which time she qualified as a nurse. Following the completion of a Psychology degree she went to work for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour Programme Facilitator. Her experiences within this field inspired her writing. She left the service to spend time with her family and to follow her dream of being a novelist.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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