The Wicked Girls

The Wicked Girls

Book rating: 05 Paperback Sphere

By (author) Alex Marwood

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  • Publisher: Sphere
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 203mm x 26mm | 264g
  • Publication date: 21 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0751547980
  • ISBN 13: 9780751547986
  • Sales rank: 11,372

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One summer morning, three little girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, two will be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day when they were just children. But with new lives - and families - to protect, will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

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Author information

Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of a journalist who has worked extensively across the British press. Alex lives in south London and is working on her next novel. The Wicked Girls won the prestigious Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in 2014, and was also nominated for an International Thriller Writers Award in 2013.

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By Librarian Lavender 21 Feb 2014 5

I had to keep reading until I finished this story. Amber and Kirsty are convicted murderers who are trying hard to hide their history and previous identity. The story of the death of the four year old Chloe in the past has been alternated with that of the present, the murders of several women in Whitmouth. Amber and Kirsty meet each other by coincidence. They are not supposed to see each other ever again, but when they do they want to know more about one another.
It's hard not to sympathize with these two women. Which is strange as they've murdered a child. I kept wanting them to be innocent somehow. Amber and Kirsty as wicked as they are said to be or are they two victims who were at the wrong place at the wrong time? Are they kind people who made a mistake or are they cool blooded murderers? I found this very interesting. The psychological game the writer plays with the reader is the strongest characteristic of this book. It's something different and I liked that a lot.

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Genuinely disturbing and emotionally unsettling, The Wicked Girls is irresistible Val McDermid Having read it and devoured every page, I really wish I'd written it! It was cleverly plotted and pacy, with all the storylines thundering towards a final, gripping conclusion. I loved it Elizabeth Haynes The Wicked Girls is utterly compelling. It's psychologically rich, complex and masterfully plotted. I couldn't put it down, even when I sensed it was taking me somewhere very dark indeed. I can't wait to see what Alex Marwood comes up with next Jojo Moyes The best thriller I've read since Sister. Taut, gritty and utterly compelling Lisa Jewell Dark, twisty and full of good surprises and insights. Marwood has delivered a compelling debut crime novel Daily Mail This incredible story will play on your mind. Two weeks after I read it, I can't stop thinking about it. The book of the year The Sun I devoured The Wicked Girls over one weekend and loved it. I held my breath during the last few chapters Erin Kelly Thought-provoking read Star Magazine Brilliantly taut psychological thriller. One of the best debuts of 2012 Bella A thrilling story... Fantastic plot and a great read Irish News In The Wicked Girls, debut author Alex Marwood's taut crime story poses bigger questions about tabloid witch hunts and the nature of evil Good Housekeeping If you like dark, twisted stories, I recommend this ... A thumping good read Jenny Eclair The Wicked Girls is ingenious and original -- a novel that surprises and rewards its readers, delivering a twist of an ending that I never saw coming, then realised it was the only ending that could truly satisfy. Real, chilling, true to its world and its characters. In short, a knock-out Laura Lippman Original, thought-provoking and utterly brilliant The Sun A rundown seaside amusement park provides the backdrop for Marwood's memorable first novel ... Marwood fills this disturbing thriller with sordid red herrings and brutal reflections Publishers Weekly Absorbing, plausible and unsettling ... A suspenseful, buzz-worthy novel offering a sure-footed depiction of two women who lost their childhoods Kirkus Review This chilling debut is chock-full of surprises. If Tana French and Gillian Flynn stayed up all night telling stories at an abandoned amusement park, this is awfully close to what they might come up with Booklist Tense, twisty and brimming with revelation, Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls offers everything you dream for in a suspense novel. Not only does it hold you in its clutches, but it offers pointed and poignant insights into the way we reconcile with our past, and the collective danger of our own insatiable curiosity Megan Abbott A harrowing first novel New York Times Book Review One of the best books I read this year: The suspense keeps the pages flying, but what sets this one apart is the palpable sense of onrushing doom Stephen King, 'The Best Books I Read This Year', Entertainment Weekly