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"I'm not safe - you have to help me..."

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she's a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna's hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet, and school teacher Claire Penny can't help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.

As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna's bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.

Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn't quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled?

Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?

An utterly unputdownable and darkly compelling listen that will have fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister, and Gone Girl absolutely hooked.

©2017 Frances Vick (P)2017 Bookouture

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FINALLY, GILLIAN FLYNN & GIRL ON THE TRAIN have

a book that is in the same league! I have returned more than a few books for "false advertising " by claiming that their book compares to GILLIAN FLYNN and GIRL ON THE TRAIN.
It became my pet peeve.
This book was a "one sitting" read for me.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Completely Absurd!!!

Ridiculous story with weak main character. Makes no sense that Claire would tolerate such awful behavior from a young child like Lorna, and especially give in to Lorna's obvious threats. Hard to believe that Claire made so many rash decisions, without ever once, first discussing the situation with a friend or coworker. Still have another couple of hours remaining, and will definitely finish the audiobook, but finding it impossible to listen without feeling that Claire is patheticly dumb and naïve. The author actually insults the reader's intelligence with a story this far fetched. Avoid buying the novel.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Interesting clever twists

Started off a tad slow but unwound into a story far different than normal. Love the ending; could easily be picked back up and continued. Makes you imagine several possible endings!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Didn't love it.

I can see what this author was trying to convey clearly but was not succeeding in the telling. This story was too transparent for my liking and the main character was made to look so gullible and stupid that I had to force myself to keep reading. I don't want to be rude but it was painfully obvious what the child was doing right from the very beginning. I wanted to scream by the time I got to the cabin at the seaside. Nice try though.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The Murdering Kind

Oh my...is the last statement I made as this rememberable Frances Vick novel came to a close. Katherine Manners delightful narration made this story a breeze to the ears and not the horror thriller it would be if written for the big movie screen's.
Clair was a bit lonely and would have been better off befriending a gentleman friend....or would she?
Probably not..?
I found myself liking Rabbit Girl too and I too like Clair would have been the fool too. I found myself wishing wishing she would take this little girl away from her horrible life. I too as this character on to take this girl take this little girl away from her life and show her how happy her life could be?
After all the title of the book is The Bad Girl...I wanted so much for Lonnna to have a good life.
I don't want to give away too much but some people just are not what they seem. Over all I gave this 4 1/2stars.. the half because I wanted Clair to at least have met a gentleman and have fallen in love and have kids of her own? I suppose, that's too much romance to ask for in a Thriller Novel?
This was definitely a fabulous book. I actually enjoyed every moment of it .If it were a screenplay it would be a lot more bloodier on screen and that's probably something I wouldn't be willing to go see by myself like the Girl on the Train.
I enjoyed the Girl on the Train as I did Vick's novel, however, the movie version was a little bit too bloody for me. We as writers tend to write things and then when its put into visualization, we realize how our words look on the screen and I'm sure all of us are like,
"Wow I really wrote something that damn bloody?"

I am a fan of the movie the Bad Seed. This certainly was a bit like it. I'd love to see this as a major motion picture.

Official DeAnn DeVille Review/Author, Narrator, Philanthropist & Book Review Blogger

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Ridiculous

Such a long, , unbelievable story.
The little girls character is not at all believable as one that would allow two grown woman to fall for her supppsed charms- it is a silly book that I reluctantly read till the end hoping for an exciting twist which never came.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Spoiler Alert... In the title?!?!

I thought there must be a twist...but nope. The story was slow and I already knew the ending due to the title. I had to listen at 1.5x just to get through it. Don’t waste your credit (or time)!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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And the gradeschool psychopath marches on…

You can see the ending coming before you get halfway through the book. Other than that, you want to take Claire and ram her head through a wall for being so profoundly weak. How does a woman who has taken care of herself all these years suddenly become so stupid? And the last couple of lines in the book give her no hope at all… The only character I had any empathy for with Benji, the dog. I was more concerned as to what would happen to him than for any other character in the book!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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OMG!! talk about psycho kid!

This was one of the best books I listened to in years!! Well written narrator was great. I loved this book! The twist and turns are awesome. J

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Book.

I enjoyed this book immensely! The plot steadily moved with fascinating twists and believable characters. I couldn’t wait until the next time I got into my car to hear the next chapters. I finally finished it at home over the weekend because the suspense was amazing. I highly recommend this book. One of the best ones I have read ( listened to).

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  • M. Mawson
  • 06-13-17

Bad little girl

A good thought out book which turns out to be a page turner . The end seems rushed and all the way through you can work out shat is going to happen and then get annoyed because it does . Katherine manners is a brilliant actress with good voices for characters - I recommend the book but there are better authors out there

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-17

a book that was very well read i could not put it

well read and one that i could not put down had to know how it was going to finish

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  • Sabena
  • 08-27-17

Excellent twisted novel

Loved this mind bender and could relate to the main characters portrayed - characters very true to life. Would recommend it

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  • M L EVASON
  • 08-06-17

Bad little girl.

Overall I enjoyed this book.
Disturbed at how two adults can be so intimidated by a ten year old, but it can happen.
Would have liked the investigation to have encompassed Clare's absence from the village.
Would have liked more insight into the dreadful Maryanne.
Felt the end was flat, big let down there.
Loved the narrative.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-16-17

Twist and turns.

Excellent story with lots of twists. Really enjoyed it and would certainly recommend to my friends.

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  • Mrs Saleem
  • 05-19-17

Strange story

From the info I expected a completely different story to what it turned out to be, and I wasn't even sure if I wanted to continue listening halfway through. I did however, and got more and more frustrated with Claire...

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  • Madawi
  • 04-23-17

Gripping thriller

I've got this headline from Wikipedia and other websites when I was looking for a discretion of this book before I've got it
It's a good book

For the point I didn't like I thought the story was very predictable, there were no mystery at all and the direction of the event was very clear from the beginning. The simplicity or more accurately the naivety of the main character what just too much and somehow unbelievable

Having said that the writer still managed to keep the story interesting and far away from boring
I finished this book in less than 2 days

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • janet
  • 04-04-17

Glad i gave it a chance!

So glad i gave this book a chance. At first i thaught it was going to have orful detailed discriptions of child abuse and i almost didnt read it. This was not the case. I really felt for the charater Clair as she was so misslead , as would many of us in that situation. The last few chapters took me by suprise the most! Poor Clair was attaked in the cellar and left for dead. At the very end the ending was left open, maybe for a sequal, that would be great. Another great read for me.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel B.
  • 03-31-17

Terrible

Completely unbelievable storyline, over exaggerated and annoying characters who have been given annoying accents. Can't believe I finished it.

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  • Bea
  • 03-28-17

Disappointing

The storyline was a bit far fetched really, not a lot happened for the first half of the book and got boring, things picked up in the second half but it wasn't very believable at the end.

If I wasn't a mum used to the infant / junior school setting that featured so heavily in the first half of the book, I think I would have lost interest and skipped through those parts. The audio was also strange, the narrator's voice had a tinny sound to it in some chapters.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Psychic76
  • 03-31-17

Great book, but a bit slow to start.

Claire is the most likeable character, but the girl Lorna is the worst child character in any book that I have read/listened to. I wanted to strangle her so many times and I am not a violent person. The book is kind of slow to start but once you start listening you just can't stop! It is a great book to listen to.