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Book Review: The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

Star Rating: 4/5
Title: The Wicked Girls
Author: Alex Marwood
Publisher: Sphere
Pages: 384
Genre: Mystery, Thriller and Crime

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One fateful summer morning in 1986, two eleven-year-old girls meet for the first time and by the end of the day are 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 have been reading this book for a very long time. My thesis has completely taken over my life and made my desire to read fiction pretty much nonexistent! There was a point where I just stopped reading for – probably an entire year. But this started to help me get back into reading and I found myself lost in the story.

Firstly, I loved how this book went back and forth between the present day and the past of the girls in the story. It kept me going and it didn’t reveal what happened immediately which helped as you really wanted to know how it happened. I did have to keep reminding myself who was who when they were adults as they of course had changed their names, but after a while I started to get used to it.

I really enjoyed the fact that the two girls ended up with two entirely different lives, ones which meant that one would resent the other for being able to have a good, nice life after everything that happened. I found myself feeling sorry for the characters despite their past, which is likely due to the way in which the murder occurred.

I don’t want to give away too much about the story, but this book was almost like a story in a story. Which kept it really interesting and was a good parallel with the past events. I really enjoyed the novel, the writing and the characters. I would definitely like to read more from this author, I really liked the style of writing!

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Book Review: Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge (Helen Grace 1)

Star Rating: 4/5
Title: Eeny Meeny
Author: M J Arlidge
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 448
Genre: Mystery, Thriller and Crime

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The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it.

Days later, another desperate escapee is found – and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: kill or be killed.

Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind?

Detective Inspector Helen Grace has faced down her own demons on her rise to the top. As she leads the investigation to hunt down this unseen monster, she learns that it may be the survivors – living calling cards – who hold the key to the case.

And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die . . .

For quite a while now, I have been struggling with reading for pleasure. I know that when I pick a book up, I will enjoy it and can read for quite a while; however, as I have been reading a lot for my PhD recently, I have been finding it difficult to have the motivation to pick up a book in the first place.

I decided to try a brand new author, but a book that had been recommended to me. This case, the book was recommended to me by my mum, who loves crime fiction. I decided to give it a go.

Firstly, I thought the premise of this book was incredibly interesting. The problem with crime fiction can be that a lot of them will use serial killers and it can get very tedious reading book after book with a very similar premise; but, this book was very original. Without giving anything away, this killer doesn’t actually do any killing themselves. They simply kidnap people in pairs, lock them away, and tell them they can be let go if one of them kills the other. It was something I myself had never read before.

All the way through the book there was chapters of a flashback perspective. You don’t know who the flashback is from or why it’s being included, though you begin to guess, which I really enjoyed and thought it added to the story very well.

I really enjoyed the authors style of writing, as someone who is only just getting into crime fiction, I feel like he is a good author to start with as it’s easy to follow, the language makes it easy to picture what’s going on and you get very involved with the characters themselves.

One small word on the ending itself, I definitely did not guess it and I was not expecting it either. I will definitely be reading more books by this author and I recommend giving him a try. This was the first book in the Helen grace series and I can’t wait to delve into her life further.