#BookReview WHEN I WAS TEN by FIONA CUMMINS #Audiobook


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.



I listened to the audio version of this book – brilliant narration and really kept hold of your attention through to the last page!

A book to shock! What a story! This was one of those books that I was a little apprehensive going in to after hearing so many good things, but once I was involved with the story – which gets you straight away! – I just couldn’t bear to stop reading, to find out the lead up to the shocking events and the reverberations that they caused many years later.

The story is told in a now and then way – so we get to understand that a shocking crime took place many years ago that gripped the nation, when a young girl murdered her parents with scissors. There was a big court case, lots of media attention – and now that attention is back as the journalists start sniffing around to do a follow up story knowing that the perpetrator has been released with a new identity. We get the story from the family point of view and the journalists too – and the moral dilemmas they face.

This was a tense read throughout! Parts of the story horrified me and really put a different outlook on the story for me and really showed how the past impacted on the lives those involved were now living. And it really shows how appearances can be very deceptive!!

There are shocking twists throughout and I loved the way the characters were allowed to get their personalities and viewpoints across as it really gave you a better understanding of what happened then, and how the events of that night never left them alone! Brilliant!