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    I Dare You. I like titles that make me figure out why a story is titled as it is. I DARE YOU fits

    This book fascinated me. The ending was a surprise to me although when I finished reading, I shouldn't have been surprised. Excellently written. Very inspiring to me as an author and also an avid reader.
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    Well Done!

    Really well done psychological suspense story. A thirty-year-old murder of a child, the man convicted now released and a small insular village are all on trial. There are twists and turns that keep you going until the final - or is it - shocking secret is revealed.
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    I Dare You

    Thought it was a truly fantastic book. Everything was played out so unbelievably. Definatly a terrific read. Highly recommend
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    A Little Gem!

    A teasing, delightful thriller! It is 1989, and in the village of Mapledon, two little girls are playing a dare game of 'knocky-nine-doors' when one of them, ten-year-old Jonie Hayes, vanishes into thin air. Later, her friend, Bella's, testimony at the trial, along with the opinions of the tightly knit community, put that same neighbour, village loner Bill ‘Creepy’ Cawley behind bars for over thirty years. Now Anna, (who was Bella) thought she had left Mapledon and her nightmares behind but a distraught phone call from her mother, Muriel Fisher, brings her back to face her past. Cawley has been released from prison, and many of the residents of Mapledon fear that he will return with vengeance on his mind. Journalist Lizzie also arrives in Mapledon to report on the story of the released man. But is there more to her interest than just the story? Told from multiple points of view and the dual timelines, the reader learns what really happened that night and precisely who was involved. Sam Carrington skilfully and smoothly switches the timescales between that fateful day in 1989, the days and weeks following, and the present day. The plot is extremely well-executed and cleverly written, with twists and turns in abundance. The small village mentality is depicted to perfection with a profusion of secrets, gossiping, and the need to keep up with the Joneses. With its delightful denouement and absolutely no disappointments, I heartily recommend I Dare You! This review was written voluntarily and was not influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Avon Books via NetGalley.
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    Lots of twists

    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 him.  Eventually, social services stepped in and took his daughter Eliza.   Then a little girl went missing.  He was the only suspect, and he has spent the last 30 years in jail. The year is 2019.  Mapledon hasn't changed much.  Events of 30 years ago seem to have simmered beneath the village, discussed quietly, if at all.  But now people are on edge.  Billy Cawley is out of jail.  The gossip that had died down is now alive and well.  There seems to be a lot of anxiety, and a touch of guilt in the air.  There is definitely a lot of fear.  Fear that Billy will come back for revenge. At the request of her mother Muriel, Anna returns to her hometown of Mapledon.   Muriel is being hounded by someone, and she is very frightened.  Anna thinks she is keeping secrets.  Anna is searching for her own answers. Lizzie is a journalist.  She, too, is returning to Mapledon, the town she lived in as a child.  She is looking for the truth.  She doesn't remember much from her time there, but she hopes things will come back to her. A village filled with those who will do anything to protect it.  Anything to protect their children.  So much gossip, so many lies.  The truth is somewhere in the middle.   My Opinions:   I loved how the story went back and forth between the time of the event in 1989, and thirty years later to 2019.  In this way the story unfolded nicely, and added to the mystery....slowly providing the clues as to what really happened.  The characters also developed during those time frames,  and you grew to love them or hate them as the story progressed.  Sometimes your opinions changed, and changed again. I had guessed a few of the twists, but certainly not all of them, but this did not detract from the story.  It just kept me going to see what else I had right...or wrong.   Then there were the last couple of sentences.....I absolutely loved those last couple of sentences! The overall theme of the book seems to be how far you will go to protect your children, and yourselves.  Will the manipulation, the lies, the secrets bring you peace? Will the truth, when told, let you move on?  What is justice?  (To be honest, I'm not sure justice was served by the end of the book, but who knows what happens next....)  Loved it! Sam Carrington's talents just keep growing.  She wrote an amazing book, her best yet.  I highly recommend it, and can't wait for her next one. 
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