AN INNOCENT GAME. A SHOCKING CRIME. A COMMUNITY FULL OF SECRETS.
Mapledon, 1989Two little girls were out playing a game of dares. Only one returned home.The ten-year-old told police what she saw: village loner Bill ‘Creepy’ Cawley dragged her friend into his truck and disappeared.No body was found, but her testimony sent Cawley to prison for murder. An open and shut case, the right man behind bars.The village could sleep safe once again.
Now…Anna thought she had left Mapledon and her nightmares behind but a distraught phone call brings her back to face her past.30 years ago, someone lied. 30 years ago, the man convicted wasn’t the only guilty party.Now he’s out of prison and looking for revenge. The question is, who will he start with?Praise for Sam Carrington
‘Engrossing psychological suspense … it had me hooked!’ Emma Curtis, bestselling author of The Night You Left
‘Expertly written … with plentiful twists and unforgettable characters.’ Caroline Mitchell, bestselling author of Silent Victim and The Secret Child
‘A pacy read, packed with surprises. Will keep you on your toes.’ Jane Corry, bestselling author of I Looked Away and My Husband’s Wife
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An excellent story of a small town and the lies and secrets they hide behind. When a convicted child killer gets paroled after serving a 30 year sentence, the town he’s from goes into a panic thinking that he may be returning to seek revenge. William Cawley was known as the creepy loner in town that the adults avoided and the children tortured with silly games of knock knock and run off. When the day William finally has enough and chases some children off coincides with the disappearance of a young girl the entire town blames him. Extremely well written, taut thriller that had me guessing until the end. I have enjoyed many of Ms. Carrington’s books in the past, but I believe this is my favorite one. Highly recommended. Thank you #NetGalley for this excellent book.
Really well done psychological suspense story. A thirty-year-old murder of a child, the man convicted now released and a small insular village are all on trial. There are twists and turns that keep you going until the final - or is it - shocking secret is revealed.
This is a very good mystery. The attention to detail is what draws you into this book. There are layers pulled back slowly to determine who murdered whom, building the tension in a way you just have to keep reading. The connections between the characters are intriguing, and I had fun trying to figure out all of the pieces to the puzzle. This was such an intriguing book. There are a lot of twists and turns. Just when you thought you understood what was going on the story-line took another turn. I enjoyed this book very much. It kept me engaged throughout the telling of the story. The writing is flawless. I loved how all the layers, in this suspense plot, from the past and present tied together. Sam Carrington kept me guessing and changing my mind on who was guilty with an ending that satisfies. A very clever mystery.
I found the start of this book to initially be a little slow, it took me a couple of chapters to actually get into it, but once I was I was hooked. The timeline works well switching back and forth 1989 to the present, painting a full picture of what happened 30 years earlier. Through multiple perspectives of distinctive and strong characters, well depicted. It could be so easy to get lost with the timelines and different characters, but you didn’t it seemed to flow well. Bella and Jodie are ten years old, they have been friends for years, but one day whilst out playing the childhood game of knock, knock ginger, something happened. Only Bella returned home. She was the last person to see her friend alive. But was Bella a credible witness in the disappearance of her friend? Thirty years on Bella goes by the name of Anna. She returns to the small village of Mapledon, with Lizzie, Her mum had called her home as someone had stuck parts of a doll to her front door, inside there are notes claiming someone knows a secret. Anna and Lizzie are determined to find out why, and if these events are linked to the release of Bill (Creepy) Cawley, from prison after being inside for 30 years for committing a heinous crime. But when they start digging up the past they may discover more than they bargained for. Has an innocent man just spent 30 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit? Or was he guilty? Each character has a secret, gradually these secrets are revealed. How far does a parent go to protect their child? Their reputation? And to keep secrets buried. This is a gripping psychological thriller, well thought out, and well written. A good read. I would like to thank #netgalley and #Avonbooks for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
What really happened to Jonie? Her body was never found but Billy Creepy Crawly served thirty years on the testimony of Anna. She was ten years old at the time. Was she a reliable narrator? Now that Crawly's been released, Anna is back in town, along with Lizzie, a reporter who wants to get to the truth. This is a dual time line and multiple perspective thriller that actually will keep you guessing. The town of Mapledon has a lot of secrets, some of which have simmered for years. This is nicely written with the sort of short chapter/cliff hangers which keep you turning the pages. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. A good one to while away travel time.