Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Books Read: Alex Marwood - The Wicked Girls

Source - Received from publisher to review

The noise was overwhelming, the feral, chanting voices of strangers wanting Justice. 

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?

When a string of murders in seaside resort Whitmouth make headline news, and brings journalist Kirsty to the town to follow the police investigations, little does she know that she will also come face to face with someone she thought she would never see again.   Someone that she shouldn't be in contact with as it could bring down her cosy life around her, someone she had last seen in a courtroom when they were both 11 years old...  

Whilst Kirsty has made a successful career for herself, Amber is a cleaning supervisor at the resorts pleasure park.  Both women couldn't be more different if they tried and both are leading completely different lives to those they would have led if they had not met on that eventful day when they were children. 

Throughout the book there are two parallel stories, the present day events that have made the town infamous as well as flashbacks to that fateful day when they were children.  We learn more about what happened to the little girl they were looking after on that day and why their lives have turned out so differently considering they were both charged with the same crime.

About half-way through the book I had guessed who was doing the killing, and I was correct, but it didn't spoil the story for me and I wanted to continue reading to see how the rest of the events panned out... How many more women would be killed before the killer is arrested and would  Kirsty and Amber's real identities be discovered and revealed?

This was an enjoyable debut novel from this author and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for future releases from her. If this sounds like the type of book you'd like to read, why not head to Amazon where you can buy a copy in paperback or e-book format.  I'd ;like to thank Little Brown Book Group for sending me a copy of this book to review.

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