Out on 22 April 2021

When I Was Ten

Fiona Cummins

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22 April 2021
9781509876976
660 minutes
Olivia Dowd
Synopsis

A rich, intricately-woven novel of childhood crime and adult redemption. I finished it with my heart in my mouth. Highly recommended’ - Louise Candlish

‘Dark, creepy and ultimately compassionate, When I Was Ten is a chilling look at the consequences of a childhood gone wrong’ – JP Delaney

'Utterly compelling; a true just-one-more-chapter thriller' - Clare Mackintosh

'A spine-chilling tour-de-force. Fiona Cummins is a born storyteller’ - Erin Kelly

'Pacey, dark and surprises to the bitter end. Loved it' – Fiona Barton

Twenty-one years ago, Dr Richard Carter and his wife Pamela were murdered in what has become the most infamous double murder of the modern age.

Ten-year-old Sara Carter – nicknamed the Angel of Death - spent eight years in a children’s secure unit and is living quietly under an assumed name with a family of her own.

Now, on the anniversary of the trial, a documentary team has tracked down her older sister Shannon Carter, compelling her to break two decades of silence.

Her explosive interview sparks national headlines and journalist Brinley Booth, a childhood friend of the Carter sisters, is tasked with covering the news story.

For the first time, the three women are forced to confront what really happened on that blood-soaked night – with devastating consequences for them all.

When I Was Ten is a chilling page-turner by Fiona Cummins.

Praise for Fiona Cummins:

‘Head and shoulders above most of the competition’ – Val McDermid

‘When writing from the perspective of ordinary people caught up in horrific events, Fiona Cummins is unbeatable’ – Sunday Express

‘Brilliant . . . dark, creepy and twisted’ – C. J. Tudor

‘A crime novel of the very first order’ – David Baldacci

‘An excellent read’ – Martina Cole

‘Creepy as hell’ – Ian Rankin

‘Fiona Cummins has a gift for tapping a rich seam of evil that underpins the surface of the every day. Suberbly sinister’ – Sunday Mirror

Fiona Cummins evokes the dark arts of journalism and politics with an insider's relish in this rich, intricately-woven novel of childhood crime and adult redemption. I finished it with my heart in my mouth. Highly recommended.

Louise Candlish

This thriller explores typically dark territory for this author, who has a gift for tapping a rich seam of evil that underpins the surface of the every day. Superbly sinister

Sunday Mirror on The Neighbour

She is the master of depicting the way the most terrifyingly grotesque and evil psychopaths inveigle their way into the lives of ordinary people . . . When writing from the perspective of ordinary people caught up in horrific events, Fiona Cummins is unbeatable

Jake Kerridge on The Neighbour - Sunday Express