Daily Archives: January 20, 2013

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

Published by Sphere



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?

I’d been reading the buzz about this debut novel on twitter for a while now and, with the outside world becoming increasingly chilly and deciding to spend some time wrapped up indoors with hot coffee and a chilling read, this seemed to be a suitable choice to tick all the boxes.

It’ll be hard for anyone based in the UK to read this cracker of a novel from Alex Marwood (a pseudonym for a UK press journalist) without reflecting on the tragic case of Jamie Bulger from a few years back – a case which cannot go unmentioned within the  book itself as it treads similar distressing territory.

With the new identities that both girls have been given  and have lived with for twenty five years suddenly threatened and bringing them crashing together again seemingly by chance, this is a book that will surprise the most jaded of crime fiction readers with its superb and skilful plotting.

It’s been a long time since I can remember a crime novel bringing all of the threads together in such a successful and thrilling way in its closing chapters.

You will be led by the hand by Alex Marwood’s characters through this heartbreaking, thought-provoking and chilling thrill-ride through the darkness, but I cannot reveal here just where they are taking you.

Highly recommended.



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