Sam Carrington: I Dare You

Today I’m pleased to be part of the blog tour for I Dare You. My review is written with thanks to Sunjana Cunniah at Avon Books for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.



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’m a huge fan of Sam Carrington’s writing and I Dare You is no different. From the very beginning, it is easy to see that there are lots of secrets between the characters and I loved reading this novel trying to unpick them all. I enjoyed the way that Carrington gradually increased the tension as the novel progressed to give us a finale that had me on the edge of my seat.

The village of Mapledon sounds like a place I really wouldn’t want to live! Sam Carrington has done an amazing job of creating a really claustrophobic environment that made me feel uncomfortable in places. I didn’t find any of the residents particularly likeable, but the dynamic between them all made the novel really tick.

The chapters are short and snappy which makes I Dare You very fast paced. I also enjoyed the chapters that took the reader back to 1989 and the aftermath of Jonie’s disappearance as this built up the intrigue even more.

I thought I knew where I Dare You was going  but there is one final twist that left me really surprised!

I Dare You is available from Amazon.

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