I Dare You by Sam Carrington


Mapledon, 1989
Two 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.

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?

I Dare You was a random purchase based off Barnes and Nobles recommendations to me. It did not disappoint and made a great first read in 2020. 

There is so much mystery to uncover in this small town. Every time I think I had it figured out, there was another twist leading me down another path. The twists within the storyline all seemed realistic; there was nothing that made me shake my head doubting the story. The suspense built gradually throughout the story and never plateaued. 

As a reader, I loved having short chapters. They kept the pace of the plot moving and made me feel like I was reading at supersonic speed. 

The only thing I found bizarre was the chapter layout of the past. The story switches from present day to 1989; each time we were brought into the past the chapters went backwards in time. For example, the chapters would read: present day, 10 days before the kidnapping, present day, 15 days before the kidnapping, present day, 20 days before the kidnapping. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why they didn’t lead up to the kidnapping instead of going backwards? I don’t think there was any pro to having them written that way. From anyone who reads this book (or has read a book that follows a similar format), I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

This was my first time reading a Sam Carrington book and it won’t be my last. Overall, an excellent thriller that will keep you guessing up until the last page.


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The provided summary of I Dare You can be found here

★★★★★: Unforgettable, one of a kind. A book that will be hard to forget.
★★★★☆: A good read with little to no flaws.
★★★☆☆: A decent read, but not one I would put on the top of your “To Be Read” pile.
★★☆☆☆: Needs major work, did not enjoy but was able to finish.
★☆☆☆☆: Did not finish.

Book 1/50 for 2020

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