Bad Sister

Bad Sister

The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Saving Sophie.ThenWhen 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.NowPsychologist Connie Summers wants to help Stephanie rebuild her life. She has a new name, a yo...

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Author:Sam Carrington
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Bad Sister Reviews

  • Donna Maguire

    Oh my goodness this book was intense, fast paced and so well written - I absolutely loved it!!  The characters were superb and the whole plot was so cleverly constructed around them that I flew threw the pages and before I knew it I was at the end - it completely took me away and stuck me on a rollercoaster ride I didn't want to stop!! 

    Plenty of twists and turns, lots of suspense and guessing (by me) - I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and boy did it pu

    Oh my goodness this book was intense, fast paced and so well written - I absolutely loved it!!  The characters were superb and the whole plot was so cleverly constructed around them that I flew threw the pages and before I knew it I was at the end - it completely took me away and stuck me on a rollercoaster ride I didn't want to stop!! 

    Plenty of twists and turns, lots of suspense and guessing (by me) - I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and boy did it put me through a whole range of emotions!!  No hesitation in giving the book 5 stars - brilliant!! 

  • Mandy White

    This book was such a rollercoaster of emotions for characters. From trusting everything to doubting it all. A fantastic web of lies and secrets that all come together. Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books for the chance to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Nicki

    I absolutely loved this gripping,twisted packed thriller,very very good book

    Stephanie is scared for her life,her psychologist Connie Summers,wants to help her face her fears but Stephanie has secrets,one of them being her real name.But then Doctor Summers isn't Connie`s real name either.

    And that's not all the two women have in common.As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relashionship with her brother,Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.

    When mutilated body is dumped in pl

    I absolutely loved this gripping,twisted packed thriller,very very good book

    Stephanie is scared for her life,her psychologist Connie Summers,wants to help her face her fears but Stephanie has secrets,one of them being her real name.But then Doctor Summers isn't Connie`s real name either.

    And that's not all the two women have in common.As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relashionship with her brother,Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.

    When mutilated body is dumped in plain sight,it will have devastating consequences for both women.

    The investigation into the dumped body is led by Detective Inspector Lindsay Wade who is struggling with her guilt over the mistakes she made during the Sophie Finch investigation.The chapters alternate between Lindsay and Connie Summers plus there is some chapters that are set in the past and also a number of italicized chapters which are voiced by a unknown person.

    This is a fast paced,gripping roller coaster ride that had me hooked from the very first page.It has short snappy chapters,loads of twists,well developed,believable characters,and a breath taking,shocking ending.I really like Lindsay Wade and Connie Summers and hope to read more books featuring both characters in the future.

    Many thanks to Avon Books UK for a arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review

  • BookwormDH

    Bad Sister by Sam Carrington

    BLURB

    Then

    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.

    Now

    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 ha

    Bad Sister by Sam Carrington

    BLURB

    Then

    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.

    Now

    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 . . .

    MY THOUGHTS

    Having read Saving Sophie, which I absolutely loved, Sam Carrington has once again written a superb psychological thriller. Bad Sister delivers a fascinating storyline along with excellent writing and all the twists and turns you would expect, and then some!!

    Located in a small historic town called Totnes in Devon, Caroline, under a new identity, sets up her own psychologist practice and is hoping for a fresh start. Unfortunately, things never work out as planned and her past is soon knocking on her door. Having previously worked as a prison psychologist and due to certain events, Caroline's reputation has become tarnished. As her suspicions start to reveal themselves, a whole can of worms is escaping.

    This book had me turning and turning the pages well into the early hours of the morning. The depth and layers of the characters are extremely plausible which makes this book flow wonderfully. I found it tense, exciting and real. It’s an eye-opener to the reality of people slipping through the net with mental health problems.

    It’s a full 5* from me! And as a Yorkshire bloke would say – I reet enjoyed that!

  • Amy

    I loved the premise and structure for Bad Sister, alternating timelines always appeal to me and multiple narrators that are done well are fun and Carrington nailed both aspects. This was an extremely fast paced and edge of your seat type of read from an author I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on.

    This is told from the perspectives of Connie, DI Wade and an unknown narrator from the past. The blend of these three narratives made this read part police procedural and part psychological thriller wit

    I loved the premise and structure for Bad Sister, alternating timelines always appeal to me and multiple narrators that are done well are fun and Carrington nailed both aspects. This was an extremely fast paced and edge of your seat type of read from an author I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on.

    This is told from the perspectives of Connie, DI Wade and an unknown narrator from the past. The blend of these three narratives made this read part police procedural and part psychological thriller with a dash of something sinister as well, I loved the merging of genres and it was executed seamlessly. DI Wade first made her appearance in Carrington’s debut, Saving Sophie and it was fantastic learning a bit more about her this time around. Connie was the type of character that you’re not quite sure about, her history is sketchy and I often wondered exactly how reliable she was which really kept me on my toes.

    The pacing was fast and furious and almost every chapter ended on a mini cliffhanger making it downright impossible to put it down. There were twists and turns galore and more shocking moments and surprises than I can count but at no point did I have anything figured out, I always had more questions than answers. When things all came together in the end I was ultimately satisfied, this was a highly entertaining and exciting read!

  • Linda Strong

    Stephanie is running from her past. Even though she is under witness protection, "he" has found her. It was her testimony that put him away in a youth prison when he was but 8 years old ..and now he wants revenge. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help .. they even have things in common ... like they are both living under assumed names.

    "He" is her brother .. diagnosed as a pyromaniac at a very young age. "He" is the one who started the fire that killed his father. Or is he?

    Connie has a

    Stephanie is running from her past. Even though she is under witness protection, "he" has found her. It was her testimony that put him away in a youth prison when he was but 8 years old ..and now he wants revenge. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help .. they even have things in common ... like they are both living under assumed names.

    "He" is her brother .. diagnosed as a pyromaniac at a very young age. "He" is the one who started the fire that killed his father. Or is he?

    Connie has a deep dark secret, and it's coming back to haunt her. When a mutilated body shows up practically on her doorstep, both women are in mortal danger. But who was murdered? And more importantly, who's next?

    This story is like an octopus, with all its tentacles weaving independently this way and that way, yet somehow all connected. Everyone lies. That's sort of a mantra for law enforcement officers. And now it's up to those in charge to ferret out the lies, expose them to the light of day, and solve their case.

    BAD SISTER is a well-written psychological thriller. The author has done a terrific job in baiting the reader with a snippet of 'then' and a story of now. What connects these two women? The ending is chilling.

    Many thanks to the author / Avon Books UK / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  • Joanne Robertson

    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 repl

    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!

  • Dannii Elle

    Three perspectives tell this story and a multitude of mysteries are incorporated into it. Psychologist Connie Summers has thinly buried secrets that have recently been uprooted. A man is dead and her name is written on his palm, but whether that is in retribution or it marks her as the next target remains to be seen. This, however, is only one of the many dark ambiguities that hover over her life, as DI Wade will soon find out. The waters muddy further when one of Connie's clients, Stephanie, ha

    Three perspectives tell this story and a multitude of mysteries are incorporated into it. Psychologist Connie Summers has thinly buried secrets that have recently been uprooted. A man is dead and her name is written on his palm, but whether that is in retribution or it marks her as the next target remains to be seen. This, however, is only one of the many dark ambiguities that hover over her life, as DI Wade will soon find out. The waters muddy further when one of Connie's clients, Stephanie, has a history that bears a stark resemblance to Connie's own. Both have voices from their past that won't stay quiet and the long forgotten that refuse to stay that way.

    This incorporated some of my favourite thriller tropes in a brilliantly executed fashion and I was invested from haunting prologue right up until the chilling epilogue. Each chapter in between was brief, at only a few pages long each, and all featured a cliffhanger ending that kept me invested in the story-line. The alternating perspectives, as well as the shifting time pattern, also kept me compelled to figure out the horde of seemingly unconnected mysteries that were packed inside this novel. This was a riveting, fast-paced, thriller that kept me guessing even as I wrote this review.

  • Carrie

    Connie Summers is a psychologist whose latest case is hitting a bit close to home for her. Connie's patient, Stephanie, has come to her scared for her life after being in witness protection and a name change she's afraid that she's been found. Connie can relate to Stephanie as both women have had to change their names and somewhat go into hiding. Stephanie is in fear that her brother has found her all these later after testifying to him setting a fire when he was only eight.

    Previously Connie ha

    Connie Summers is a psychologist whose latest case is hitting a bit close to home for her. Connie's patient, Stephanie, has come to her scared for her life after being in witness protection and a name change she's afraid that she's been found. Connie can relate to Stephanie as both women have had to change their names and somewhat go into hiding. Stephanie is in fear that her brother has found her all these later after testifying to him setting a fire when he was only eight.

    Previously Connie had given a recommendation to release a prisoner and that turned out to be the wrong decision on her part so when hounded she changed her name. When a mutilated body is found it becomes known that the corpse has one huge detail leading the police to Connie since her name was written on the body. What is Connie's connection to the victim? Is she the next target for the killer or was someone killing in her honor?

    Bad Sister by Sam Carrington is a psychological thriller that was much like reading a couple of stories at once and trying to piece those together to get the overall plot. The biggest part of the story is told by alternating between Connie and the detective investigating the case, Lindsay Wade. There are also glimpses into the past woven in at times along with an unknown voice telling their story on occasion.

    For me with Bad Sister I don't think the story is bad at all but I wasn't exactly hooked into it very well either. I found myself never really connecting with Connie as the story went on which sort of brings the book down for me no matter how many twists and turns the author tosses into the mix. In the end I just found this one sort of OK and never became overly excited with the story that unfolded. Many will probably love this one as it's one with many layers to it though so if a fan of this genre I'd say give it a try for yourself as it just wasn't one for me.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Claire Wilson

    When Connie leaves her job with the prison service to set up on her own, she is leaving under a dark cloud. A recommendation she made in her position backfires, leaving her publicly humiliated. Connie tries her hardest to redeem herself by helping Stephanie and her young son, Dylan. However, as she begins her investigations, nothing is what it seems. 3 stars

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