On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-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 listened to it, The Wicked Girls will appeal to fans of the Academy Award–nominated film Heavenly Creatures and the novels of Rosamund Lupton and Chevy Stevens.
©2012 Alex Marwood (P)2013 Tantor
From Austen to zombies!
...but somehow, I found myself rooting for them anyway.
Belle and Jade are notorious for a horrible crime they committed when they were only 11 years old. Now it's twenty years later. One is a journalist writing Sunday Supplement "in depth" pieces. The other is a cleanup crew supervisor at a local amusement park. Both have spouses as well as new names.
They've moved on--kinda. Neither has told any of the people in her life about the past, and neither wants to. But when a string of murders brings them back together, their deception may have to be revealed.
This book was definitely a page-turner. With so many lies going around, something is always on the edge of being uncovered! There's also the suspense of finding out what really happened on that horrible day twenty years before--that story is mixed in throughout the book.
But even such an exciting story can touch on a lot of different themes. Besides deception, you'll find such topics as social inequality, relationships, parenting, and passing judgment on others. Marwood deals with all these competently, without hitting us over the head.
The most amazing thing about this book, though, is that I ended up liking people I didn't want to like, and hoping they'd come out all right, no matter what they might have done. Only careful character development can do that, and this book has it.
There are some grisly scenes here, but nothing you wouldn't find in your average crime novel. The narrator is just plain excellent. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but she varied her voice for each. Two characters have changes in social class, and their accents change appropriately according to what time period the book is currently in.
Overall, a great, suspenseful listen and well worth the credit! Five stars all around.
A devout Audible junkie. Gotta have a book going all of the time, working, driving . . . LOVE my audio books.
Among the top 20 for sure.
Yes, I really broke down and cried at one point but to describe it would be a major spoiler.
The writer seems to have drawn on certain elements of the Venables/Thompson case (mainly the post-trial lives of the two perpetrators) as a template for her protagonist's lives. These two characters, who really seem to have been far less malicious than their non-fictional counterparts, clearly have had their lives destroyed by a horrible accident/mistake/moment of terrible childish poor judgement, call it what you will, and are far more sympathetic than those two real-life child sociopaths.
Nevertheless, redemption doesn't come easily to either of these women, and it is surprisingly easy to get caught up in their struggle to attain it, to find a space in the world where they can be accepted, and a space within themselves where they can find self acceptance and inner forgiveness for what they've done.
This is a very layered, multi-leveled character study that is also a great, edge of the seat suspense story, expertly told.
Haven't read the print version, but the narrator really made this story come to life for me.
I've listened to many audio books here on audible and I think she's tops! She really made the story come to life, especially during the last sequences.
Yes. A superb narrator and a fresh approach to some familiar content make this book a stand-out. I always love a British setting and I didn't feel spoon-fed here. Quite a lot was left to the listener to figure out. Authors that can trust the reader in this way have a maturity others don't seem to "get" -- James Patterson, Johnathan Kellerman et al -- this means you! The structure of the book is fairly complex, jumping back and forward, not always chronologically -- that is so hard to pull off without frustrating the listener but Marwood manages it masterfully.
I loved Blessing, a minor character who is beautifully realized. Amber is very well written, too.
She speaks beautifully; her accents are delightful and each character comes to life.
Yes! I listened to the whole thing over one weekend. Compulsive listening!
For fans of the likes of Ruth Rendell and the Nicci French duo -- I think I can safely say you'll enjoy this one!
enthralling, complex, important
It reminds me of The Scotch Verdict or a non supernatural Carrie
have not but will
It made me appreciate the complexities of life and life choices and accidents and the way those choices shape the remainder of your life and your attitude toward it. The story weaves many different struggles together making this extremely rich.. I learned something...this is not a fluff mystery. It is a serious contribution to the genre. So glad I read it.
The editing was terrible. Whole sentences would be cut out so I was not able to follow the story. Chunks of the beginning of chapters as well as sentences after paragraphs were missing. I tried multiple times to listen and gave up because I didn't know what was happening.
The story line is great. I was excited to listen and I am truly disappointed I had to give up.
The reading was interesting, but I could not understand what was happening due to gaps.
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