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The Source Reader Reviews

The Source

S Harper

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!

The Source tells the story of disadvantaged teenager Carly and, ten years later, that of investigative journalist Marie. Neither woman has an easy life but they are survivors, clawing their way from one day to the next. They face trauma, betrayal and abuse of the most insidious kind but there comes a point where you need to stop running from your demons and start hunting them down yourself instead.

I’m not a huge fan of dual narrative books to be honest. I often find myself trudging through one of the threads just to get to the more engaging storyline and quite often the reconciliation of the two can be clunky at best. The Source shares none of these faults. Both Carly and Marie’s stories are equally compelling. They are realistic, raw and utterly absorbing. The author’s journalistic experience shines through which makes Marie’s viewpoint especially authentic. The narratives of the two characters are drawn together, gradually at first, until all of a sudden you are hurtling towards the climax with such speed and intensity that you would find it hard to tear your eyes away. You’ll miss your stop on the bus with this one, that’s for sure!

Evelyn Love-Gajardo

A difficult subject written about with sympathy and bravery.

The subject of this book is harrowing to say the least, as it deals with the subject of grooming children for sex with army officers. It begins in 1996 when Carly, a 13 year old girl, is encouraged by her older brother and a friend to attend parties at the army base in the town where they all live. It then jumps to 2006, when Marie, a young news reporter, becomes involved in an investigation to expose a sex trafficking ring. The story moves back and forth between the two time scales as we learn about the operation which goes to the highest levels.


I found the sections about the young girl Carly and her horrendous home life very shocking and she is portrayed very sympathetically, and her bravery in coming forward to report what was happening is very moving. I didn’t feel quite so involved in the sections about Marie as I found it stretched credibility. However, it’s a brave attempt to draw attention to a topic which is sadly all too common in the present day.

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,
Categories: Political / legal thriller, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery,