The Girl in the Photo

By Sam Carrington

WHAT DID I JUST READ…What a jaw dropping twist!’ Reader Review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Her child is missing. And she’d do anything to find her…

Every Friday Mercy Hamilton goes to the same supermarket. She doesn’t go to 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, and touched by her story, Erica agrees to help.

As Erica is drawn deeper and deeper into Mercy’s life, she discovers there is no record of Mercy’s daughter. In fact, there’s no record of a child at all.

But who is the girl in the photo if not Mercy’s missing daughter? And what danger will Erica find herself in by pursuing the truth?

The pulse pounding psychological thriller that will leave you totally breathless. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena.

Readers LOVE Sam Carrington:

YES SAM CARRINGTON, YES. This is how you write a thriller… I read this in one three-hour sitting and I regret nothing.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Phew! This is a real edge of your seat gripping story. My heart was pounding and I was screaming!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

WOW!!… Incredible, from the prologue to the end. I was hooked… and the twist at the end!! O M G – I did not see that coming… Guys, This is a MUST read!!!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Amazing. I could not put the book down for even a minutemind blowing.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I can’t speak highly enough of this… It kept me up reading til the early hours.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I devoured this… One of the best books I’ve read this year.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 20 Jul 2023
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-0-00-843641-4
Sam Carrington lives in Devon with her husband and three children. She worked for the NHS for 15 years, during which time she qualified as a nurse. Following the completion of a Psychology degree she went to work for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour 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. This is Sam Carrington’s eighth novel with Avon.


The Girl in the Photo is an absolute page-turner. Erica and Mercy's stories stayed with me a long time after finishing this book. My favourite of Carrington's yet. Brilliant.Elisabeth Carpenter, author of The Family on Smith Street -

”'Another belter from Sam Carrington. Beautifully written. Cleverly constructed… I couldn’t put it down.” - Amanda Robson, Sunday Times bestselling author

”'A claustrophobic, creepy tale of secrets, betrayal and deceit. Well-written and well-plotted. Very well done!” - Diane Jeffrey

”'Lacing everyday life with menace is Sam Carrington’s greatest strength as a storyteller.” - The Times

‘The premise grabbed me right away and the novel itself didn’t disappoint!… A creepy, compelling read, full of twists and turns with well-drawn, unreliable characters that kept me guessing!’ Sarah Pearse -

”'A pacy read, packed with surprises. Will keep you on your toes.” - Jane Corry

”'I devoured this story in one sitting” - Louise Jensen

”'Expertly written … with plentiful twists and unforgettable characters.” - Caroline Mitchell

‘Keeps you guessing right to the end' Sue Fortin -

”'A kick-ass page turner … I was knocked senseless by the awesome twist.” - John Marrs

”'A gripping read which moved at a head-spinning pace … I simply couldn't put this book down until I reached the dramatic and devastating conclusion.” - Claire Allan

”'Engrossing psychological suspense… Sam Carrington had me hooked!” - Emma Curtis

”'Utterly original and thought provoking … This cries out to be made into a TV series.” - Amanda Robson

Psychologist Connie Summers is a fascinatingly flesh-and-blood guide through this twisty thriller.' Louise Candlish -

”'Tense, convincing … kept me guessing” - Caz Frear

”'A claustrophobic psychological thriller that had me double checking my doors and windows were locked!” - Vicki Bradley