Sunday, 18 December 2016

Blog Tour - Guest Post - Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington @kaishajayneh #SavingSophie @AvonBooksUK

I am very happy to be taking part in the Blog Tour for Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington. Thank you to Kaisha at The Writing Garnet for the invite to join this tour.

Today I have a brilliant guest post by Sam Carrington where she shares her top five psychological thriller book-to-film adaptations. First of all though let's take a look at the book...

Book Bio.

A teenage girl is missing. Is your daughter involved, or is she next?

Your daughter is in danger. But can you trust her? When Karen Finchs seventeen-year-old daughter Sophie arrives home after a night out, drunk and accompanied by police officers, no one is smiling the morning after. But Sophie remembers nothing about how she got into such a state. Twelve hours later, Sophies friend Amy has still not returned home. Then the body of a young woman is found. Karen is sure that Sophie knows more than she is letting on. But Karen has her own demons to fight. She struggles to go beyond her own door without a panic attack.

As she becomes convinced that Sophie is not only involved but also in danger, Karen must confront her own anxieties to stop whoever killed one young girl moving on to another Sophie

Book published by Avon - @AvonBooksUK


Guest Post by Sam Carrington

My top five psychological thriller book-to-film adaptations

I’ve always been a ‘book person’ and although I love films, if a book has been made into a film, I have generally much preferred the book. However, it’s still a dream of mine that maybe one of my novels will be adapted for the screen someday – I can only imagine how amazing it must be to witness your characters truly come to life. (I already have my wish list of actors who would play the main characters in SAVING SOPHIE!)

Despite usually favouring the book, I have enjoyed some film adaptations immensely.

Here are my top five:

Shutter Island - is a best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane published by HarperCollins in April 2003. It became an American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo Dicaprio in 2010. I loved the twists and turns in this movie and that ending was a real ‘wow’ moment!

The Girl on the Train - is a psychological thriller novel by Paula Hawkins, published by Doubleday in the UK in 2015. The film was released in 2016 with Emily Blunt taking the lead role of Rachel, and although the location changed from England to the USA (which I think was a shame) I was pleasantly surprised with the how the film managed to stick quite closely to the book.

Gone Girl - is a psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn. It was published by Crown Publishing group in June 2012. The film was released in 2014 directed by David Fincher and written by Gillian Flynn, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. I enjoyed the book, although it did take me a while to get into it - but I actually liked the film more! (Now, THAT doesn’t happen very often). I thought Amy’s character was well portrayed by Pike, she captured her disturbing nature perfectly. Of course, having read the book first, I knew the twist – but it didn’t stop my enjoyment of the film and there was a scene that even I found shocking!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - is the first book in the trilogy known as the Millennium series written by the late Stieg Larsson and published in Sweden in 2005. It became a Swedish thriller in 2009 and was also a Hollywood film adaptation in 2011. I watched both versions and much preferred the Swedish one. Lisbeth Salander was one of the most original characters I’d read about and I wondered how well she’d be played. I think her brilliant, yet damaged character, transferred well to the screen and Noomi Rapace did a stellar job and even looked just as I’d imagined Lisbeth to look.

Along Came a Spider - the first novel in James Patterson's series about forensic psychologist Alex Cross was first published in 1993. It was adapted into a film in 2001, starring Morgan Freeman as Cross. The film received very mixed reviews, mainly due to the fact it failed to include some of the key plot points from the book. However, as film adaptations go I thought it was a good one and it kept me interested from the outset. And anyway, can Morgan Freeman ever do a bad film? I don’t think so.


Author Bio.

Sam Carrington lives in Devon with her husband and three children. She worked for the NHS for fifteen years, during which time she qualified as a nurse. Following the completion of a Psychology degree she worked for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour Programme Facilitator. Her experiences within this field inspired her writing. She left the service to spend time with her family and to follow her dream of being a novelist. Before beginning her first novel, Sam wrote a number of short stories, several of which were published in popular womens magazines. Other short stories were included in two charity anthologies.  Sam moved quickly on to novel writing and completed her first project within six months. Although this novel attracted attention from agents, it was her next that opened up opportunities. She entered this novel, with the working title Portrayal, into the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award in 2015 and was delighted when it was longlisted.  Being placed in such a prestigious competition was instrumental in her success securing a literary agent. When completed, this novel became SAVING SOPHIE, a psychological thriller which was published by Maze, HaprerCollins as an ebook in August. The paperback and audio editions are publishing on 15th December.

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