The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: Paperback, July 30, 2013
Categories: Literary, Mystery/Thriller
Source: Penguin Group via NetGalley


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.

My Thoughts:

Marwood has crafted a fast-paced and sensitive novel around the controversial subject of child murder. Those of us on the outside looking in certainly have strong opinions about this topic. By the end of this novel I was wondering about the “facts” that reach us on the outside of such cases…just how factual are they? 

The Wicked Girls is a scorching commentary on our modern media. I found this to be entirely fascinating, especially since the author is a journalist herself. This book reminded me that some news reports should be taken with a healthy grain of salt. 

Plot twists and revelations abound in this character driven tale. I was consistently taken by surprise, a very good thing in a psychological thriller. 

Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of a successful journalist who has worked extensively across the British press.
Alex lives in South London and is working on her next novel.

56 thoughts on “The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

  1. Sounds very exciting to me! I've been lately attracted to books like these – they sound very mysterious without being from the mystery genre and there's some human element too.


  2. I will be purchasing this in the near future. It sounds good. I read a book called \”The Aviary\” It was a mystery book. It involves a girl about 11 and her friend as they figure out the mystery of how the childern of the widow her mother takes care of died. I enjoyed it.


  3. Penguin sent me a copy which I haven't yet read, the topic of child murder being a bit tricky for this elementary teacher/mother. But you have sufficiently enticed me to pick it up soon!


  4. Got a pitch for this one and I thought it sounded interesting but I've got so many books I need to read. Now I think I'd better find that email!


  5. This sounds a bit like several other books I've read lately, but it still sounds like a great read. I am sorely tempted to add it to my overburdened wish list.


  6. Hmm, I'm intrigued by the vague description, but I also want to know more! I know some people don't even read descriptions before starting a book, but too much suspense can actually make it hard for me to enjoy a book. I like to know at least a little about what's coming 🙂


  7. Sounds like a very good thriller. I like when you don't know what to expect so you just go along for the ride, constantly being surprised with the way the plot goes! I don't read thrillers really, but I appreciate the genre a lot. Great Review! Dee @ Dee's Reads


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