The Wicked Girls Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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Genuinely disturbing and emotionally unsettling, The Wicked Girls is irresistible (Val McDermid)
Having read it and devoured every page, I really wish I'd written it! It was cleverly plotted and pacy, with all the storylines thundering towards a final, gripping conclusion. I loved it (Elizabeth Haynes)
The Wicked Girls is utterly compelling. It's psychologically rich, complex and masterfully plotted. I couldn't put it down, even when I sensed it was taking me somewhere very dark indeed. I can't wait to see what Alex Marwood comes up with next (Jojo Moyes)
The best thriller I've read since Sister. Taut, gritty and utterly compelling (Lisa Jewell)
Dark, twisty and full of good surprises and insights. Marwood has delivered a compelling debut crime novel (Daily Mail)
This incredible story will play on your mind. Two weeks after I read it, I can't stop thinking about it. The book of the year (The Sun)
I devoured The Wicked Girls over one weekend and loved it. I held my breath during the last few chapters (Erin Kelly)
Thought-provoking read (Star Magazine)
Brilliantly taut psychological thriller. One of the best debuts of 2012 (Bella)
A thrilling story... Fantastic plot and a great read (Irish News)
In The Wicked Girls, debut author Alex Marwood's taut crime story poses bigger questions about tabloid witch hunts and the nature of evil (Good Housekeeping)
If you like dark, twisted stories, I recommend this . . . A thumping good read (Jenny Eclair)
The Wicked Girls is ingenious and original -- a novel that surprises and rewards its readers, delivering a twist of an ending that I never saw coming, then realised it was the only ending that could truly satisfy. Real, chilling, true to its world and its characters. In short, a knock-out (Laura Lippman)
Original, thought-provoking and utterly brilliant (The Sun)
A rundown seaside amusement park provides the backdrop for Marwood's memorable first novel . . . Marwood fills this disturbing thriller with sordid red herrings and brutal reflections (Publishers Weekly)
Absorbing, plausible and unsettling . . . A suspenseful, buzz-worthy novel offering a sure-footed depiction of two women who lost their childhoods (Kirkus Review)
This chilling debut is chock-full of surprises. If Tana French and Gillian Flynn stayed up all night telling stories at an abandoned amusement park, this is awfully close to what they might come up with (Booklist)
Tense, twisty and brimming with revelation, Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls offers everything you dream for in a suspense novel. Not only does it hold you in its clutches, but it offers pointed and poignant insights into the way we reconcile with our past, and the collective danger of our own insatiable curiosity (Megan Abbott)
A harrowing first novel (New York Times Book Review)
One of the best books I read this year: The suspense keeps the pages flying, but what sets this one apart is the palpable sense of onrushing doom (Stephen King, 'The Best Books I Read This Year', Entertainment Weekly)
Shockwaves Through The Country . . . Evil Inside . . . Cries Unheard . . . Who Is To Blame? A ripped-from-the-headlines psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Minette Walters and Barbara Vine.See all Product Description
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The scenes in which we re-live the event that triggers the story are very compelling, I was drawn into that world of naive decision making and catastrophic impulses which make your adult reader self want to cry 'Stop!'.
I would have loved to know more about what happened to many of the characters, even the ones who are completely repellent are fascinating.
A really good thriller, well written, well plotted and with enough 'nasty' to make you glad it's just a story.
The book is full of weighty moral questions - nature and nurture, the age of responsibility for your actions, the rights of convicted child murderers to resume their lives, media responsibility, personal responsibility - and you inevitably reflect on recent news stories that brought the meatier issues to public attention. But as well as that, this book is an absolutely gripping read - impossible to put down, a book you'll think about constantly when you're not reading it, and for a long time after you've finished. The characters - even the minor ones, like the night shift workers - are drawn in wonderful detail, and you enter their murky world entirely. The setting is vividly drawn - we all know places like Whitmouth, with its brash seafront lights and dark deserted alleys behind. The whole book is superbly dark and gritty - the seediness and sleaziness of it all made me think of the books of Cathi Unsworth - and thoroughly absorbing. The pacing of it all is quite perfect, building to an explosive and unexpected climax.
I absolutely loved it - psychological thriller writing at its very best, a book that you'll have difficulty putting down, and which really makes you think as you feverishly turn the pages. I'm dying to see what Alex Marwood does next.
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I could not believe I had never heard of this book before and I am glad to see that it won an award. Read morePublished 4 days ago by CC
Outstanding read couldn't put it down. Excellent way that the past and present stories are interwoven to make a complete story. Recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read.Published 28 days ago by I. Chapman
Fantastic read. Couldn't put this book down. Loved the characters and even downloaded another one of his books to read.Published 1 month ago by Beckie
Couldn't put it down 😉 kept you thinking all time different different happening s ended bit weird tho ? ?Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I was surprised at how good this book was. It didn't do anything I was expecting. A great read. The ending well it's brilliant but not what I wanted.Now on to another of hersPublished 1 month ago by Lucy Lou
I really enjoyed this book.. a real page turner all the way through, good style of writing but i felt the ending was
a little rushed and was disappointed when i finished the... Read more
I had really high hopes for this book after reading the plot summary and reviews but, unfortunately, I found it poorly written and fairly boring. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Danyel