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.
'A stunning debut ... a powerhouse writer' Jo Spain
'So authentic and exhilarating ... breathtaking pace and relentless ingenuity' Nick Paton Walsh, CNN
'A powerful, compelling read that doesn't shy away from some upsetting truths ... written with such energy' Fanny Blake
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.
'Unflinching and sharply observed. A hard-hitting, deftly woven debut' Ruth Field
'A hard-hitting, myth-busting rollercoaster of a debut' Eve Smith
'A dazzling debut' The Reading Closet
'Harrowing, powerful, perfectly executed' Literary Elf
'Gripping, emotional, eye-opening and so brilliantly written ... a stunning debut by a very talented author' Anne Cater
'Thought provoking, emotional and sometimes brutal ... both thrilling and heart-wrenching' Live & Deadly
What readers are saying:
'I could picture and feel each scene, all the fear, tension and hope'
'Her writing drew me in, dragged me under, and so did her characters. Somehow Sarah Sultoon makes everything feel fresh and new'
'Super addictive, it crackles with tension, and the further I got, the faster I was turning the pages because I just had to know EVERYTHING'
'A fast-paced, intelligent and compelling look at a very difficult subject ... almost horrifically authentic'
'A hard hitting and grim story, but told in such a way its impossible to put down'
'A remarkable debut'