The Wicked Girls

11940384 How did I get it?:

NetGalley, thanks to Penguin Group


One fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-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 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 secret hidden?


I thought this book sounded brilliant. I was intrigued by the synopsis. It is told through two intersecting stories. In the past, two 11 year olds were charged with murdering a younger child. Flash forward to the present day, they are both living under new names, trying to hide their secret from their families and their neighbours. The women meet again, by chance, and everything starts to unravel. Unfortunately, although I enjoyed it, I don’t think it will stay with me.

The Wicked Girls does have a good premise. I liked how although the characters weren’t particularly likeable, they were interesting to read about although I do think the reason why I didn’t connect with this book as much as I hoped was because I didn’t really connect with the two main characters. I wanted to feel empathy for them, but unfortunately I didn’t really feel anything for them.

I think there was just too much going on which somewhat cluttered the story. Instead of getting intrigued by the story, I ended up getting a bit bogged down. Nevertheless, I did think it was an okay read, the writing was good, there was just too much going on for me and not enough suspense.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- It may not sound like I enjoyed it much, but I do think it’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of the genre.

Reading next:
Lives of Magic- Lucy Liederman

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