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The Source

by Sarah Sultoon

Crime / Mystery Debut Books of the Month Debuts Star Books Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Source

A powerful, intense whammy of a debut that is both uncomfortable and exhilarating to read. Set in two time frames, we see 13 year old schoolgirl Carly as she tries to look after her mother and baby sister, and ten years later, journalist Marie as she investigates sex traffickers and allegations of sex abuse at an army base years before. Author Sarah Sultoon is an award-winning former CNN international news executive, and it shows. Chapter one throws you in the deep end, and I re-read it to fully comprehend what was happening. The subject matter is devastating yet thoughtfully handled even as it makes you flinch. Pacy and provocative I felt as though I was racing to keep up in both timelines. The words were sharp edged little missiles that fired into my thoughts and made them scatter. As information began to piece together, as 1996 hurtled towards 2006, I felt the hope that slipped almost silently through the years. Thought-provoking, tense, and expressive The Source is an utterly compelling debut that I can highly recommend. 


Liz Robinson

The Source Synopsis

A young TV journalist is forced to revisit her harrowing past when she's thrust into a sex-trafficking investigation in her hometown. A startling, searing debut thriller by award-winning CNN journalist Sarah Sultoon.

1996. Essex. Thirteen-year-old schoolgirl Carly lives in a disenfranchised town dominated by a military base, struggling to care for her baby sister while her mum sleeps off another binge. When her squaddie brother brings food and treats, and offers an exclusive invitation to army parties, things start to look a little less bleak...

2006. London. Junior TV newsroom journalist Marie has spent six months exposing a gang of sex traffickers, but everything is derailed when New Scotland Yard announces the re-opening of Operation Andromeda, the notorious investigation into allegations of sex abuse at an army base a decade earlier...

As the lives of these two characters intertwine around a single, defining event, a series of utterly chilling experiences is revealed, sparking a nail-biting race to find the truth ... and justice.

A riveting, searing and devastatingly dark thriller, The Source is also a story about survival, about hopes and dreams, about power, abuse and resilience ... an immense, tense and thought-provoking debut that you will never, ever forget.

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The Source Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Realistic, raw and utterly absorbing. You’ll find yourself suddenly hurtling towards the climax with such speed and intensity that you’ll find it hard to tear your eyes away. You’ll miss your stop on the bus with this one, that’s for sure! Full review

S Harper

A difficult subject written about with sympathy and bravery. Full review

Evelyn Love-Gajardo

A hard-hitting, well written novel that deals with a difficult subject. Full review

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781913193591
Publication date: 15/04/2021
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913193591
Publication date: 15th April 2021
Author: Sarah Sultoon
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon,
Categories: Political / legal thriller, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery,

About Sarah Sultoon

Sarah Sultoon is a journalist and writer, whose work as an international news executive at CNN has taken her all over the world, from the seats of power in both Westminster and Washington to the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan. She has extensive experience in conflict zones, winning three Peabody awards for her work on the war in Syria, an Emmy for her contribution to the coverage of Europe's migrant crisis in 2015, and a number of Royal Television Society gongs. As passionate about fiction as nonfiction, she recently completed a Masters of Studies in Creative Writing at the University of ...

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