HomeGroupsTalkExploreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

The Wicked Girls (2012)

by Alex Marwood

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
6644829,892 (3.56)62
"A gritty, psychological thriller that asks the question: How well can you know anyone? On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two eleven-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 read 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."--… (more)
  1. 20
    Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth (Soupdragon)
    Soupdragon: Both are convincingly told crime stories with dual narratives, featuring seaside towns in South-East England and schoolgirls accused of murder in the 1980s.
  2. 00
    Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense by Sarah Weinman (sturlington)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 62 mentions

English (48)  Italian (1)  All languages (49)
Showing 1-5 of 48 (next | show all)
[The Wicked Girls] by [[Alex Marwood]]
This was a fun thriller/mystery that focuses on the lives of two women who were convicted of the murder of a child when they themselves were children. As adults, they've been paroled and are living under different identities when a string of murders brings them together. The book slowly reveals what happened in the past and how it affected the futures of these women.

I thought this was really well done. The author manages to keep the focus on the women even though the current day serial killer could have easily stolen the show. I'd happily read more of Marwood's books. ( )
  japaul22 | Dec 4, 2021 |
This was an intense read. There were a few parts that I almost couldn’t get through. I’ve never read Alex Marwood, so I had no idea what to expect.
The story involves two young girls who are involved in the death of another girl. We begin in the present and find out what happened through the memories of the girls, now adults. The story really takes off when something occurs accidentally that violates the condition of parole.
This is one of the more original books I’ve read recently and was done well. I’ll definitely be checking to see what else she has written. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
I enjoyed walking the perilous tightrope that was this book. I don’t believe in adding spoilers in my reviews. That said, most people probably read the back cover before they read the book, so here’s the premise – two eleven year old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they’re murders. How could I resist a plot like that?

This book covers the subject from almost every angle. What really happened that fateful day is revealed in flashbacks throughout the book until we’re left with a scene which could easily happen to any adolescent who merely steps their toe across the line of responsible behavior – and at that age, who doesn’t?

The book follows the women 25 years later, exploring the lives they’ve made for themselves and the issues they deal with as they struggle to reconcile the past that haunts them both. One of the themes of this book seems to be that one mistake, a single instant of poor decision making in life can stay with you forever, a dark cloud shadowing the rest of your days. I loved the ending of the book, the last few pages where the author slides in another slice of damnation in an almost tongue in cheek sleight of hand. 5 stars. ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
While this was a good novel that was pretty well written, thought out and mostly well put together, it made me sad. I was sad for the characters both as children and as adults. I felt a very different kind of sadness for their mates, and in one case their children. I felt an incredibly different kind of sadness for the stalker character, and what happened to him in this novel. And the serial killer, I felt nothing at all for....
The audiobook was narrated by Anna Bentinck. She was pretty good, but some of her characterizations were rather silly and distracting.
All in all, this novel gets three stars. Some people liked it, some hated it, and some - like me, just feel rather middle of the line. Maybe ‘meh’ sums it up well. But I’m still quite sad about how the whole novel ended..... those poor people.

3 stars, and recommended to lovers of this genre, whatever it’s classification is. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
A brilliant and heart-crushing novel. ( )
  ThomasPluck | Apr 27, 2020 |
Showing 1-5 of 48 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (12 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Alex Marwoodprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bentinck, AnnaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
For William Mackesy
First words
There’s a blanket, but from the aroma that rises from its folds, she guesses it’s never been washed. The cells are overheated and, despite the fact that Jade balled it up and pushed it into the corner of the room when they first brought her in here, the stink of stale piss and unwashed skin is hard to ignore. Officer Magill picks it up and holds it out towards her, wadded in her hand. ‘You’re going to have to wear this,’ she says. ‘Over your head. Apparently they’re not allowed to see your face.’
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

"A gritty, psychological thriller that asks the question: How well can you know anyone? On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two eleven-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 read 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."--

No library descriptions found.

Book description
The noise was overwhelming, the feral, chanting voices of strangers wanting Justice.

That's us. We're the girls who killed Chloe. We are the Devil now.


One summer morning, three little girls meet for the first time.
By the end of the day, two will be charged with murder.


Twenty-five years ago, two little girls were imprisoned for murder. Now journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young women and her investigation leads her to cleaner Amber Gordon.

For Kirsty and Amber, it is the first time they have seen each other since that dark day when they were children. Aware of the danger they are in and with new identities — and families — to protect, they will do anything it takes to keep their wicked secret hidden...

Haiku summary

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (3.56)
0.5
1 6
1.5 1
2 14
2.5 4
3 68
3.5 14
4 74
4.5 12
5 27

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 179,832,219 books! | Top bar: Always visible