Review: The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
Publish in 2012 by Sphere
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? (Goodreads)
I just can’t rate this book any higher than a 1 star. It was a continuous struggle to read this page after page. It’s not until the last 50 or so pages that it gets any good in my opinion.
The two main characters are developed as the story unfolds as well as through a series of flashbacks to their younger selves when they killed a 4 year old girl. Again those bits don’t even get good (and you don’t actually find out what happened or how it happened) until the last 50 or so pages.
There are several other characters who are completely undeveloped and useless. The ones I wanted to know more about of course were not explored.
The majority of the story was bland and boring. Did not like the ending and the epilogue ran on for days.
The synopsis sounds so much more intriguing than this book is. Don’t bother wasting your time. Add to that it was 1st published in Great Britain and the dialogue and lingo just bothered me to no end.
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Raised by wolves, Alex Marwood passed her formative years in the lands beyond the Arctic circle, developing pack skills, excellent night vision and an ability to survive on raw protein. Ideally equipped for a life on Fleet Street, she then became a journalist.
Her first novel, The Wicked Girls, was published by Sphere, in 2012, and achieved widespread acclaim and word-of-mouth bestsellerdom. In 2013 it was shortlisted for an ITW award, and included in Stephen King’s Ten Best Books of the Year list. It was published by Penguin in the US in 2013, and is shortlisted for an Edgar Allen Poe award.
The Killer Next Door, described by The Sun as “nasty, compelling and original”, was released as an ebook in 2013, and will come out as a paperback in June 2014.
Alex herself is a figment of the imagination of the novelist and sometime journalist Serena Mackesy. If you’re interested in a more truthful biog, an FAQ and other books, visit her website.