Monday, 19 August 2013

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

The Wicked Girls

 

In 1986 two eleven year old girls, Bel and Jade, meet for the first time. This leads to the death of a child, they are convicted of her murder, sent to young offenders institutions and when released given new identities.

In the present day, Amber is a cleaning supervisor at Funnland, she finds the murdered body of a young woman in the hall of mirrors and as this is the third victim of the Seaside Strangler in the town of Whitmouth, following two the previous year, the press are getting interested. One of the journalists sent to cover the story is Kirsty, a married mother of two children.

I thought this crime book was a little different in that although there are murders to be solved the main story surrounds what has happened and is happening to Bel/Amber and Jade/Kirsty and how different their lives have turned out. It was fast paced particularly the last third and the story is very character driven, although mainly set in the present it also has flashbacks to what happened on that fateful day in 1986. I was surprised with whom my sympathies lay and how that changed as the story progressed, this books gives you a lot to think about and it was interesting to read of the role the media play in these situations.

 

 

I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, I have a copy of this waiting to be read :) Arrived on Friday but my mum nabbed it straight from the postie. She's a sucker for crime.

    It sounds really good, I like books that keep you thinking.

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