This review is written with thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for my copy of Saving Sophie.
One night, Sophie is brought home by the police in an intoxicated state, much to the concern of her parents, Karen and Mike. Sophie does not remember what happened, but in the aftermath of the night out, she learns that her best friend, Erin, was murdered. As she tries to piece together the events leading up to Erin's death, Sophie begins to feel that she is being followed, and perhaps knows more about what happened than she realises. Is Sophie involved or is she in danger? Can she discover what happened before Erin's killer strikes again?
Saving Sophie is narrated from several different perspectives: those of Sophie, Karen and DI Wade, the police officer investigating Erin's murder. This allows the reader to see what each character is thinking, and helps to create an atmosphere in which it is difficult to know which characters should be trusted. As a result, the novel is packed with secrets and tension, and as this began to build, the book was impossible to put down. It is interesting to note that whilst the "official" blurb for Saving Sophie focuses on Karen's reaction to Erin's murder, my own interpretation of the novel leans further towards Sophie's thoughts and feelings. This highlights the effectiveness of the narrative technique in terms of allowing the reader to question each character.
At an early stage in the novel, the reader learns that Karen has severe anxiety and is agoraphobic. Saving Sophie is one of many works of fiction I have read recently with themes of mental health, and Carrington's exploration of these issues is among the most thorough. She has researched anxiety and agoraphobia well, and handled the subject sensitively. I also appreciated the insight into the ways in which Karen's mental health affected her family and friends, as well as Karen individually, as this perspective is considered less regularly in literature.
I thoroughly enjoyed Saving Sophie and would recommend it to everyone.
Saving Sophie is available on Amazon.