I Dare You
AN INNOCENT GAME. A SHOCKING CRIME. A COMMUNITY FULL OF SECRETS.
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,
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Short chapters. They gave me the impression, and I am inclined to think that is more than an impression, that I was reading at a super speed, even though the book is over 400 pages. And just for the next times, the short chapters thing is a big ON for me! Also, it helped a lot at the mystery!
Structure of the chapters. As I have said at the previous point, they helped me read faster, BUT! The more ...more
1989 Ten-year-olds Jonie and Bella enjoyed playing the game Knock, Knock, Ginger (we called it knock-a-door-run). The girls dare each other to knock on the doors of the residents of Mapledon. One house neither of the girls wanted to knock on was Billy Creepy Cawleys bungalow, however, if you have been dared to do it, you must!
July 1989, Jonie Hayes went missing. Despite no physical evidence and no body ever being found, Billy Creepy Cawley was convicted ...more
The narrative is divided into present day and 30 years previous. We have perspectives from Lizzie and Anna (present day), coupled with a third person ...more
30 years ago a young girl ...more
Present day: Bill Crawley has been released on licence. The local villagers wonder if he will have the gall to show face and return to the house that has been empty for the past thirty years. Anna hasn't been back to her family,y home ...more
Although I guessed the ending it didnt spoil it for me at all. I havent read any of this authors books before but, I will be looking out for the others in time. ...more
Yes! Yes! Yes! Especially if author Sam Carrington had written it. A brilliant book, the best way to start the new year.
2 girls played a Knock, knock game on a man ostracized by the entire village until one came back and the other was lost forever. The man was charged with murder and sent to prison. But he was released now, and secrets had to be revealed.
Wow! The blurb and the premise of the story pulled me in. The author played on my ...more
I generally do not enjoy slow burn thrillers. I would rather they reel me in from the first page and get to the point to keep that ride going. However, despite being a slow build in her ...more
Firstly the author does a really good job of setting the scene for this story with the small village mentality vividly described so I felt like I was actually there watching everything unfold. From the first time we visit the village the reader gets the feeling that theres something strange about it and this leads to a general feeling of unease throughout the book. The ...more
I got so angry with the characters when I was reading I Dare You because the children of Mapledon are ...more
I Dare You by Sam Carrington is a psychological thriller.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Avon Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
The year is 1989. Billy Cawley has never fit in with the people in the small village of Mapledon. When his wife died, it got worse. He became the town crazy, and all the kids tormented ...more
In 1989, in the village of Mapledon, two little girls are playing a game of dares when one of them goes missing. Ten year old Jonie Hayes is never seen again, and the tightly knit community is quick to accuse and condemn local loner Billy 'Creepy' Cawley ...more
I really enjoyed this book because it incorporated some of my favourite thriller tropes. 1. Being set in a small town and 2. Something bad happening, in this case a girl going missing and someone 30 years later trying to find the truth
I thought it was really well written, and I liked the fact it was told from mutiple perspectives and timelines but was never confusing
However, I did feel that this book was slightly too long and the middle did drag a ...more
This was such an intriguing book. There are a lot of twists and turns. Just when you thought you understood what was going on the story-line took another turn. I ...more
3.5 stars rounded up because it was quite the twisty tale and one I had to think about for a bit after I finished it in a single sitting tonight after only intending to read a few chapters.
In 1989, in a small town named Mapledon, two young girls are taunting a neighbor with a knock-knock-run game. At the end of the evening, 10-year-old Jonie Hayes would go missing and her friend, Bella's, testimony at the trial would put ...more
The characters all had their little secrets and were divided into two definitive groups, the parents and the children. Flashing back and forth from present day to 1989 we learn how the mothers regularly held drink and gossip nights under the guise of community meetings. These women are dangerous with their unproven gossip ...more
This is ...more
In 1989 two friends, Bella and Jonie, were out playing but only one came home. A manhunt was immediately escalated and the village went into lock-down but the body of the ...more
The story is told in dual timelines and is narrated by two women - Anna and Lizzie. We soon learn that both women lived in Mapledon as children but left for very different reasons: Anna because of bad memories of ...more
30 years ago a little girl was thought to have been captured and murdered by the village weirdo, Bill (Creepy Cawley), following a game of Knock, Knock Ginger. Fast forward to 2019 and Anna is drawn back to where she grew up by her mother, who is worried as strange things are starting to happen to her. Annas return to the village of Mapledon coincides with Bills release ...more
Told in dual timelines between the events of 1989 and the present time of 2019, Sam ...more
Our story begins with two ten year old friends, Bella and Jonie. They have been friends for years, and Bella was the last to see Jonie. Jonies body has never been found. Her killer is behind bars, and thirty years on he is about to be released.
In the present day Bella (now known as Anna) is called by her mother to come and help. Parts of a doll have been found attached to her door, and inside ...more
I will definitely read more of this author's books. I recommend I Dare You as a well written psychological thriller.
Thanks to NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read this book.
Thank you Netgalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.