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When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  11 August 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 367

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

RRP: AU$32.99




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.




Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan for providing me with a copy of When I Was Ten, in exchange for an honest review!


Shannon and Sara’s childhood was traumatic to say the least. After enduring years of emotional and physical torture by their parents, one of the sisters murders both of their parents. Shannon’s best friend Brinley was there that night, and now, years later she is a reporter. When one of the sisters goes public, to try and find the sister she hasn’t seen for years, Brinley’s boss expects her to cover the story. But how much should she reveal about what she knows?
When I Was Ten was both horrifying and captivating. You know when you just want to put life aside so you can keep reading? That was what this book did to me. From the intense and terrifying abuse the girls were put through, to the many twists and shocking reveals, this is one of my favourite thrillers I have read for a while. The story takes us on a rollercoaster, flicking back and forth between the past and present day, teasing parts of the story out slowly, while still maintaining a fast past narrative. Focusing mainly on points of view from Catherine (Sara’s new name) and her family, and Brinley, almost everyone in the story has a secret they’re holding, it’s just a matter of time to see which ones will crumble first.
The sheer number of twists that left me big eyed in this one make me hesitant to reveal too much here (I want you guys to experience the bug eyes too, ok 😅) so I’m just going to say: GO AND READ IT. In the meantime, I’ll be off seeking out more books by Fiona Cummins immediately!





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