The Wicked Girls

The Wicked Girls

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"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"

Alex Marwood's new book, The Darkest Secret , is available now from Penguin Books

The Edgar Award-winning psychological thriller that asks the question: how well can you truly know anyone?

On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two eleven-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both 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 vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives--and unknowing families to protect--will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

Gripping and fast-paced, with an ending that will stay with you long after you've read it, The Wicked Girls takes you to a thrillingly dark place you've never been before. For fans of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Tana French.

"The Wicked Girls is ingenious and original. Real, chilling, true to its world and its characters. In short, a knock-out." --Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of And When She Was Good and What the Dead Know

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2013, c2012
ISBN: 9780143123866
Branch Call Number: MAR
Characteristics: 378 p. ;,21 cm


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Oct 30, 2015

I listened to this book on Audible. Recommended.

Jade and Belle are 11 year olds from different worlds. When they meet, they immediately hit it off. But things go wrong when they end up killing 4-year-old Chloe. Flash forward to the present — both girls have been given new identities to protect them from the angry mobs that want them killed. Amber Gordon works at a water park in a tourist town, and Kirsty Lindsay is a well-known freelance journalist. Their worlds collide when a serial killer strikes in Amber’s town and Kirsty is sent to report on it.

“The Wicked Girls” is a fast-paced thriller that tells not only the present-day story of Amber and Kirsty, but also flashes back to see what really happened that fateful day with poor, innocent Chloe. Sometimes, circumstances aren’t what they seem — but sometimes, everything isn’t what it seems. A twisted look at murder, justice, and journalism.

Feb 14, 2015

The Edgar Award Winner label on the front cover of the book caught my attention when I saw this book on the display shelf. I really enjoyed this book pitting my expectations of the enfolding events against the written word. The author has exceptional talent in description whether it's an emotion, an action, or a scene. I usually skim over such paragraphs but in this book these descriptive words added impact to the creeping sensation that something terrible beyond the control of the characters was about to happen. Author's use of flashbacks in chapters printed in italics to explain an event that the two main characters were involved in as children provides the rationale behind the actions of the characters. The story might answer a question about the life that released inmates might have. Can they live an ordinary life or are they branded for life?

Jun 09, 2014

Wow! I disagree with the previous comments - except for the British slang, that was tough to figure out sometimes. And true, it wasn't really a mystery. But the story itself, about 2 girls who got caught up in something so stupid when they were young and how it affected the rest of their lives, that was worth reading. It also shows very clearly how willing people are to believe the worst, jump to conclusions and deteriorate into a mob mentality based on lies and exaggerations. I really liked this book - beginning to end.

May 22, 2014

This book was blah. Maybe it was the british slang I just couldnt wrap my head around. Or the fact that it wasnt really a thriller at all. It started out so good but just peetered out fast. The characters seemed all the same with no depth or dimension. I stayed confused about who was who throughout most of the book. I felt the entire plot lacked any kind of cohessive connection between any of the characters and was boring at best.

Feb 19, 2014

When is a mystery not a mystery? When it’s a platform to question journalistic integrity.

I really enjoyed this book, but it's not the mystery it's advertised as. If that's what you want, look elsewhere.

I wrote a complete review (to long to post in this space) here:

sportsmom99 Jan 08, 2014

This book is not as described. There is no grittiness about this book. Throughout the book, you get snipits as to what happened back in 1986, other then that I found it very boring. I got to the point where I was just reading this book to get it finished. Very disappointing.

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