Oh I do love me a book by Sam Carrington so I was absolutely thrilled when Sabah Khan of Avon contacted me and invited me to be a part of the tour for her new psychological thriller, One Little Lie. It’s my absolute pleasure to be able to bring you not only my thoughts on the book, but also an extract from the book, but before we look at any of that, here is what the book is all about.
‘My name is Alice. And my son is a murderer.’
Deborah’s son was killed four years ago. Alice’s son is in prison for committing that crime.
Deborah would give anything to have her boy back, and Alice would do anything to right her son’s wrongs.
Driven by guilt and the need for redemption, Alice has started a support group for parents with troubled children. But as the network begins to grow, she soon finds out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control…
They call it mother’s intuition, but can you ever really know your own child?
Deeply psychological and suspenseful, One Little Lie is a twisty and unnerving story about the price of motherhood and the unthinkable things we do to protect our children. Perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Laura Marshall.
One Little Lie
By Sam Carrington
I get off the bus at a different stop than usual. I don’t want to go home. I can’t face that right now.
I slip and slide up the road towards the café at the top end of Fore Street. I wish I’d worn trainers instead of these ankle boots. The sole has little traction, and although there are only a few frosty patches on the pavements, I feel vulnerable. What if I fall and break an ankle?
I’m being silly. It’s not like I’m old, with brittle bones. I shouldn’t be worrying about stuff like this. I’m only fifty-five. If it hadn’t been for these past four years, I’d feel a lot younger, I’m sure. This has prematurely aged me.
The familiar sensation of prickling begins at the top of my nose, my eyes water. The cold makes them sting.
Don’t cry. Feeling sorry for yourself isn’t helping anyone. Neither is feeling guilty.
My preferred table in the corner of the café, practically hidden from view, is taken. Now what? I hesitate. It might be better to leave. But no one really knows me here. My face won’t be recognised. I am anonymous. With a confidence I’m unsure of the source of, I position myself at the table by the window.
It’s only when I have ordered my latte that I allow myself to look outside. I can see the psychologist’s building from here – down the hill a bit, on the left, before East Gate Arch. I have another session with Connie Summers on Monday. Our first meeting involved a lot of background information, a setting up of expectations. Talk of objectives and goals.
I told her about Kyle.
I don’t mind talking about him. It makes me feel better to talk about what he did. I told Connie that, and wondered if she thought me odd. I bet she thinks I’m off my rocker. Maybe I am. It’s not normal to feel better when talking about how someone murdered another mother’s son, is it?
But I am beginning to feel better. Talking about it is all I can do at this present time. And now I have two outlets. Two opportunities to make right.
The third way will come. Any day now, I’ll be brave enough. It’s building, this inner strength I’ve found.
Soon, I’ll be strong enough to face her.
Oooooh. How can you not be intrigued after that? And believe me you should be because One Little Lie is one unbelievably twisting and complex tale which had me suckered in from the start and held my attention to the very last page turn.
Don’t get me wrong. This is not your typical brooding psychological or fast paced action thriller. Far from it. If anything it is more a look at the psychology of a killer and their impact upon family, not just of the victim, but their own as well. This is the story of one woman’s attempt to come to terms with the horrendous act that her child committed and another’s attempt to cope with the loss of their only child. The two women are indelibly connected but how far this connection will lead them and what will happen along the way … well, that’s what you need to read to find out.
This is a little bit of a departure from Sam Carrington’s last two books. It still plays from a multiple character point of view, mainly that of the killer’s mother, Alice, the victim’s mother, Deborah, and psychologist, Connie, who finds herself in a truly compromising position. Now readers of Bad Sister may well recognise Connie as she was one of the principal characters throughout, as was Detective Inspector Lindsay Wade, who also features but to a lesser extent, her story told through her interactions with Connie who is now also her housemate. The three women have very distinct voices, making following the story easy to follow, although there is one moment part way through which may throw you a little if you aren’t paying attention.
What I loved about this story is the way that Sam Carrington has created the mystery and intrigue. You genuinely cannot take anything for granted, or rest on your laurels as what you think may be happening may not be quite as you expect it. Or maybe it is. So many red herrings, so many moments to get you second guessing that although the pacing may feel slower, I still found myself galloping through the book. Would the two women have the meeting that Alice intended and if she did, how would Deborah react? These were two women on the edge and their stories had me captivated.
Through her own professional experience, Sam Carrington has also done a brilliant job of bringing the character of Kyle to life – the man, well nearly boy actually, who was convicted of murdering Deborah’s son. You can sense his unease in every interaction, his uncertainty, but also his love for his mother. It’s a strange mix but skilfully written. What was it that drove him to kill and has seen him take a vow of silence for the past two years. Connie is determined to find out and this puts her in a very difficult position, professionally and personally. I like Connie. She means well. I’d have thought after her last adventure and how complicated her own life is she’d have taken the easy way out and left everything to Lindsay and her Sergeant, Mack. But that would be no fn now would it. She’s a hardy character, and no mistake, and perhaps stronger than she thinks.
If you are looking for a skilfully written psychological thriller which will draw you into the world of the characters, make you stop and think, and still have the ability to keep you, at times, glued to the edge of your seat then read this book. The ending took me completely by surprise, but it was very fitting. If is certainly a story which, much like its predecessors, will have you asking just what sacrifices you would be willing to make for your child. Top stuff.
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About 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 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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