5 Stars from me!
The Wicked Girls centres around a handful of main characters and leads you on a journey between present day and a dreadful summer morning in 1986.
The storyline is utterly compelling, I just couldn’t put it down and kept finding myself reading a chapter here and there – squeezing it in between tasks and wishing I could lock myself away to spend a whole day reading it!
The subject matter of The Wicked Girls isn’t great, to be honest it kept making me think of poor little Jamie Bulger but Alex Marwood doesn’t glorify or sensationalise this aspect of it at all – which made it possible for me to read it. The focus of the book isn’t on the crime but more on the aftermath.
I found myself completely hooked by this simple tale and couldn’t help but feel empathy for the murderers – not something I feel overly comfortable with but that just highlights the strength of Marwood’s writing.
This is perfect for a holiday read or a rainy weekend where you can devote yourself entirely to devouring this book. I can’t recommend this enough and I have already lined up a copy of The Killer Next Door to read next!
Synopsis: One fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time and by the end of the day are charged with murder.
Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of 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 secret hidden?