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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Title:Bad Sister
Author:Sam Carrington
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Bad Sister Reviews

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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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