Sunday, 3 May 2015

Books Read: Marnie Riches - The Girl Who Wouldn't Die


When a bomb explodes at the University of Amsterdam, aspiring criminologist Georgina McKenzie is asked by the police to help flush out the killer. 

But the bomb is part of a much bigger, more sinister plot that will have the entire city quaking in fear. 

And the killer has a very special part for George to play…

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When a bomb explodes at the University of Amsterdam exchange student Georgina (George) finds herself caught up in the middle of the investigation when it soon becomes apparent that this was a murder rather than a suicide bomber and that the victim was one of George's fellow students Ratan.  And it's soon clear that this not a one-off as other students on her course start to disappear in mysterious circumstances.  Could George be next?

Although the story is mainly centred in and around Amsterdam, we follow the twists and turns of the investigation throughout Europe as the police, who turn to George for help, try to piece together the clues to try to identify and stop the killer before anyone else gets killed.

I really wasn't sure what to expect from this novel seeing as it's the debut crime novel from Marnie Riches, and that the main protagonist George is a Criminology student so hardly a qualified expert, but as we soon discover from glimpses into her past that although she might be young she certainly has led a colourful life of her own.  But I did struggle at times whilst reading as I found some of the scenes a little too gory for my liking as I'm a bit of a wimp and don't like reading or watching anything too gruesome but that's just a minor point in what was otherwise an interesting read.

Overall as the first book in a series The Girl Who Wouldn't Die was certainly a great introduction to George and I'll be interested to see how she develops in the next book The Girl Who Broke the Rules which is due to be published this August.


  1. Good review Shaz!
    I think I'd have a problem with her being a student and the police calling upon her as it doesn't strike me as realistic. Don't they have trained, qualified professionals at their disposal?

  2. George McKenzie is a political blogger of some note. Given the apparent suicide bombing, Senior Inspector van den Bergen asks her to write a provocative piece for the internet that might draw any potential terrorist masterminds out of the woodwork. Later, when the police suspect that the murderer is at large within the university itself, George is called upon to keep her eyes and ears open for suspicious behaviour. It all makes sense within the context of George's story.