Today I am reviewing When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins. This was released on the 15th of April, published by Pan MacMillan.
She had lived a lie for thirteen years, and the perfect life as she had known it was about to change forever.
Everyone remembered Sara and Shannon Carter, the little blonde haired sisters. Their Dad was the local GP and they lived in the beautiful house on the hill. Their best friend, Brinley Booth, lived next door. They would do anything for each other but everything shifted on that fateful day when Dr Richard Carter and his wife Pamela were stabbed fourteen times with a pair of scissors in what has become the most talked about double murder of the modern age.
The girls were aged ten and twelve at the time. One, nicknamed the Angel of Death, spent eight years in a children’s secure unit accused of the brutal killings. The other lived in foster care out of the limelight and prying questions. Now, on the anniversary of the trial, a documentary team has tracked down one of the sisters, persuading her to speak about the events of that night for the first time.
Her explosive interview sparks national headlines and Brinley Booth, now a journalist, is tasked with covering the news story which brings to light fresh evidence and triggers a chain of events which will have devastating consequences.
It is so hard to imagine how anyone could be capable or murder let alone a child, but this is what the reader is faced with in this utterly compelling and engrossing domestic thriller from Fiona Cummins.
WOW what a read this one is! Fiona Cummins is a new author to me and I can’t believe this is only the first book I have read from her. Thankfully I have now crawled out from under the rock I was clearly under and started with this book. When I Was Ten is extremely well plotted, executed and just blew me away!
It is at time hard to read, as it does touch on child abuse, but it is handled very well. It delves into the repercussions of this abuse both physically and mentally, it’s traumatic effects and how it shapes the sisters as adults.
When I Was Ten, is a slow burn that sucks you in and just takes you over. A thrilling ride from beginning to end, it is dark, incredibly twisted and is one book you need to read! It was an absolute pleasure to read and review, When I Was Ten, which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Fiona Cummins, Pan MacMillan and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of When I Was Ten, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Fiona Cummins
Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. She lives in Essex with her family. Rattle is her first novel.