All The Wicked Girls
Everyone loves Summer Ryan. A model student and musical prodigy, she's a ray of light in the struggling small town of Grace, Alabama - especially compared to her troubled sister, Raine.
Then Summer goes missing. Grace is already simmering, and with ...more
A dark, disturbing novel that at first was a grind getting into. Taking place in the town of Grace, deep in the South, it’s told in a dialect that at times was difficult to both read and comprehend.
Summer Ryan goes missing and her twin sister Raine is worried sick. She knows for certain her sister would never just up and leave. The local Sheriffs’ Dept. is searching for her, but Raine isn’t buying they’re doing everything possible to bring Sum ...more
I've been struggling with figuring out how to review this mind boggling book. It will make you feel. It will make you uncomfortable. It's very dark, very atmospheric, quite disturbing. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who is easily shaken. I'm not, and I felt it. It's mostly written in a kind of small town southern dialect, and it took me awhile to get used to the vernacular. After about 10% it just flowed, I adapted easily even thought it's a bit different than what I usually read. Definitel ...more
More like 3.5 stars but I'm feeling generous as this was my first read of 2020.
Cause in the end we all get taken."
Grace is a dark town, full of dark secrets. Ever since a young pregnant teen was found hung in the woods. Slap bang in the middle of bible belt America, the people of Grace will fight, drink and gossip and then turn up to church the next day. In a town like this the locals make their own rules, the local police force holding no real sway.
So when Summer Ryan goes missing, her da ...more
I highly enjoyed this book, I was drawn into the story immediately and it never let go, keeping me gripped to the very end.
Everyone loves model student Summer Ryan, she's a ray of light in the struggling small town of Grace, Alabama, especially compared to her troubled sister Raine. Then Summer goes missing, after several girls also went mi ...more
"Raine sometimes complains that nothing exciting is ever gonna happen in Grace again. Daddy told her careful what you wish for."
15-year-old Summer Ryan goes missing in ...more
It was all sharp details and roving suspicion. It reminded me somewhat of how I felt reading The Dry last year, suffused in the sweltering heat. Once again, I am lost in the place, fearful of the dark cloud and broken p ...more
1995 - A dark cloud hangs over the small town of Grace Alabama.....in more ways than one.
AND NOW.....Summer Ryan has gone missing too, but unlike the other devoted church girls....the only one who packed a bag.
The main theme in ALL THE WICKED GIRLS is the search for an innocent, talented 15 year old that, in turn, introduces a multitude of flawed characters with lifestyles to match from the poor town of Grace.....including a substance dependent police chief.
Twin sister Raine is a wild...more
It really was too bad this one didn’t hook me in from the start as I really did enjoy the ending an ...more
So I’ve spent a couple of days rolling this around in my head. It’s one of those books where you could write 2 very different reviews depending on whether you based it on more technical aspects or just pure enjoyment factor.
From the blurb, we know 15 year old Summer Ryan has gone missing from the small (and ironically named) town of Grace. She did leave a note but the area has a grim history. Over the course of a year, 5 young church-going girls went missing from various spots around B ...more
I would like to thank NetGalley for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
All The Wicked Girls tells the story of two sisters, Summer and Raine Ryan in the small town of Grace Alabama. Coming from a very poor background and troublesome family, Summer seems the squeaky clean one, quite and polite, a model student and musical prodigy. Raine is the opposite. Always in trouble, be it with the law or sleeping with ol ...more
Dark, haunting, atmospheric.
Well I decided to leave this review as it stands now that some time has passed....I don't think I can add anymore to it that will spark more interest! ;)
ARC provided by NetGalley ...more
I have a hard time reviewing books that truly move me and I t ...more
It’s set in Grace, an Alabama backwater town w ...more
Dark. Mind-blowing. Disturbing.
In the small town of Grace, nothing out of the ordinary happens. But there was that one year five church girls from Briar went missing. Six months later, Summer's is nowhere to be found. A note left suggests she ran off. But Raine, her twin sister, knows it the Bird monster's work. She sets on her own to find her sister and to solve the mystery that has bewildered the town police. And Raine ...more
by Lisa Sandlin - this is one of the best books I've read in 2017. Highly recommended. ...more
Everything changes when Summer goes missing. Most people are scared ... there have already been several teenage girls who have disappeared from the area over the last few years. The local law enforcement officer thinks she's just taken off.
Did she take off ...more
There is a dark cloud hanging over the small town of Grace, Alabama. In more ways than one. I mean, there rea ...more
So the big question: after such a striking first offering, would Whitaker’s sophomore effort ...more
The story is of a missing child again, which surprised me as it had been done before. Summer Ryan, a young adolescent, goes missing. Baffling locals and family alike, her sister, Raine, is not convinced that Summer would run away and is convinced that something more sinister has happened. She persists in hassling the local police in her quest for answers as her sister's d ...more
For over a year five young, churchgoing girls have disappeared from Briar County. They are know as the “Briar girls”. The citizens of Grace, Alabama have told their kids not to go out after dark and under no circumstances should they even look in the direction of Hell’s Gate National Forest. The newspapers have nicknamed the perpetrator as “the Bird” and that is how Grace’s citizens now live – in fear of “the Bird”.
Out of th ...more
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’m really sorry, I seriously tried. But this has been on my currently-reading shelf for almost a month now and I tried reading it again today and read 20ish pages that I found infuriating.
Between the writing style that I really didn’t like (things like “he don’t”) or how cliché the characters were (one “good” twin and a “bad” one, really?) or again the pedophilia seen through the eyes of a 15 years old who “wants” it, ...more
When I read Tall Oaks (which became my no 1 book of 2016) I didn’t know Chris Whitaker at all. Since then we have become good friends when he’s not annoying me (its ok petal, there are always the penguins) and I have been lucky enough to read this novel at several points during its journey from first draft to here, its been a journey of much emotion – because this is an emotional story and the characters at the heart of it are incredibly real ...more
All the Wicked Girls is a book I have been seeing everywhere for a while and because of the success of the author’s first book Tall Oaks [which I haven’t read yet but plan to] and every blogger adoring it I got intrigued to try and read one of his books and so it happens that when I got a chance to read his second book I immediately took it. I have to say I enjoyed reading it very much!
The novel centers around a town called Grace where nothi ...more