Review: The Girl in the Photo by Sam Carrington


Print Length: 300 pages
Publisher: Avon Books UK (July 20, 2023)

From I stare at the little girl in the photo, her big eyes looking straight at me. ‘Please,’ the woman pleads holding the photo up. ‘You have to help me. No one else will.’

Every Friday Mercy Hamilton goes to the same supermarket. But she doesn’t buy groceries. Instead, she shows a fading photo of a little girl to anyone who’ll look, begging for help to find her daughter.

One Friday, Erica Fielding comes across Mercy. Touched by her story, Erica agrees to do what she can to help.

But all is not as it seems. The police know of Mercy. And there’s never been a record of a missing girl matching the description Mercy gives. In fact, there’s no record of a child at all. They think Mercy might be suffering from delusional disorder and there’s nothing Erica can do.

But Erica can’t stop thinking about poor Mercy. Just who is the girl in the picture if not Mercy’s missing daughter?

Despite people’s warnings, Erica is drawn deeper and deeper into Mercy’s drama…. And Erica will come to realise it was a mistake she’ll pay for.

Because she was the target all along.


My Rating: 1 star out of 5

If I could give this book 0 stars I would. In fact, I  wish I had given in to the temptation and just marked this as a Did Not Finish, and moved on with my life. But I didn't. Anyway,  now I'm forced to live with the time I wasted. 

From the start, I knew there was something off about this story, and (if you subscribe to my blog you knew this was coming based on my whatcha reading post); however, it only got worse as I forced myself to read past the point I was proven right. 

Most of this book was confusing (as it was meant to be), but well..... I really wish I could do this without spoilers, but I can't.  


It was obvious from the beginning that Erica and Mercy were the same person. But here is the thing - this was NOT Dissociative identity disorder. To begin with, DID typically presents in YOUNGER people (so right off the bat Mercy appearing a year after the trauma is implausible at best), but those people who do have this disorder? Typically do not meet their alters in person once, much less have weekly "meetings" with them. Nor do they go on car rides with them. In fact, people who have been diagnosed with DID typically do not have licenses due to the potential problems that may occur if they disassociate. 


Usually, this is where I say the ending saved it, but this one? The letter at the end just made it worse. I was glad when it was over. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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