When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Published: August 2021, Pan Macmillan
Swathi’s Rating: 5 stars and beyond!
About the Book
Twenty-one years ago, Dr Richard Carter and his wife Pamela were murdered in what has become the most infamous double murder of the modern age.
Ten-year-old Sara Carter – nicknamed the Angel of Death – spent eight years in a children’s secure unit and is living quietly under an assumed name with a family of her own.
Now, on the anniversary of the trial, a documentary team has tracked down her older sister Shannon Carter, compelling her to break two decades of silence.
Her explosive interview sparks national headlines and journalist Brinley Booth, a childhood friend of the Carter sisters, is tasked with covering the news story.
For the first time, the three women are forced to confront what really happened on that blood-soaked night – with devastating consequences for them all.
Dark, haunting and extremely compelling Un-put-down-able thriller of the year!
Wow, I’ve just discovered a brilliant author who knows how to please her thrill loving audience with her stunning words that spin the stories for her. WHEN I WAS TEN is all about child abuse, humiliation, and unguarded prison sentence for children which destroy their lives without mercy, when they to be forgiven for their grave mistakes.
I’m still reeling from the shock of this book, kindly forgive my rambling review.
Twenty years ago, On a rainy night, one of the Carter sisters killed their parents by stabbing a scissor into their bodies 14 times and nothing is ever the same again.
Brinley booth was a friend to the sisters, and a neighbor who was also a first hand witness to the grueling night of terror. She’s now a journalist now, her life still tainted by her past. And the guilt she’s carrying with her.
Somewhere else, Catherine Allen’s quaint family life is about to be shattered by the media frenzy and the startling truth that’s been kept shut for all the years is about to come out into light. And it’s going to cost more life, sadly.
Brilliant is the word I’ll be using over and over again. There are so many pages that I wanted to cry my eyes out reading about the suffering and cruelties and it’s terrible even to think of something like that happening to a child. I’m very glad that it’s a fiction story but Fiona Cummins has such effect on you. Very dark and suspenseful right from the start, Cummins never wastes a single moment to unleash all her magic in this stunning new thriller.
It’s going to be a GREAT book I’m so glad I’ve read it sooner.