I Dare You by Sam Carrington

4 Stars from me

Clever characterisation made I Dare You a compelling read.

With the take on a classic – the children of Mapledon daring each other to knock on the door of the creepy Cawley house put me very much in mind of Boo Radley’s house in To Kill a Mockingbird – the storyline drew me in straight away.

One day this little ‘game’ appears to go badly wrong as a little girl fails to return home, with Bill Cawley apparently the last to see her… and he is sentenced to 30 years in jail.

On the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of little Jonie Hayes’ disappearance, two women return to the village to unravel it’s secrets from amidst all of the toxicity and years and years of lies. But who are they and can they be trusted – can they trust each other?

The story is a slow burn but be warned, the characters in this book will likely make you angry and you won’t be able to put it down until you know the truth!


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?


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