The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wouldn’t say I really loved this story but I liked it for it’s harsh depiction of the cruelty that may sometimes hide inside a child’s mind and that sometimes a small action fuelled by rage and anger can have unforgivable consequences. The wicked girls have grown up and circumstances have forced them to meet after 25 years and life has not been fair to Annabel. She’s working as a cleaner for a amusement carnival show in the town of Whitmouth where a serial killer is on the loose. Jade has however managed to make something out of her life with a husband and kids but it’s Annabel’s life that made me feel sad and sorry.

The ending didn’t sit well with me, yes one would definitely expect a heart breaking end with the kind of poor luck that Bel as Amber seemed to be facing, even then any story that ends with such resonant melancholy makes me wish that I hadn’t read it in the first place. The Wicked Girls is a good thriller, but wonder why all the children shown in the book are without any kindness to a 4-yr old girl?

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?

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