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All The Wicked Girls

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  758 ratings  ·  182 reviews
"Raine sometimes complains that nothing exciting is ever gonna happen in Grace again. Daddy told her careful what you wish for."

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
Paperback, 437 pages
Published August 24th 2017 by Bonnier Zaffre
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This is a dark, bleak and atmospheric novel in the southern gothic tradition located within the bible belt of Alabama. Set in the small town of Grace, of which there is precious little, it is a place populated by rednecks, hell, fire and brimstone preachers crushing in their judgements, and palpably short on hope and in its ability to offer a future to its young people. The terminal economical decline is painted in the lives of its inhabitants, barely scraping by, making do with occasional spora ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another wonderful traveling sister read with Brenda!

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
Sarah Joint
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Charlotte May
4 ⭐️

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
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Once again author Chris Whitaker has penned another fabulous book - this time "All The Wicked Girls" in a similar theme to his highly successful "Tall Oaks".
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
Jill McGill
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All The Wicked Girls is a gripping crime novel that is dark, intense, and atmospheric. Chris Whitaker's writing style is perfection, from the realistic characters to the way he captures the expressions and mannerisms of a small southern town. I found myself reading with a southern drawl throughout - I don't do that very often.

"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
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I couldn't stop reading. I know this is a phrase overused, but I mean it truly. Yesterday I picked up five separate books, tried and failed to engage with their story. This I couldn’t let go, I read it from cover to cover because there was no way I could leave it without knowing.

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
3.5 Stars.

1995 - A dark cloud hangs over the small town of Grace 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

Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
All the Wicked Girls is a dark, unsettling and complex read that started off a bit rocky for me. So many characters here with this one and introduced too quickly. This really had me confused with keeping them straight and it required too much work and focus to do that. It became too easy to miss clues and developments and this result in me not being unable to connect with the story and characters.

It really was too bad this one didn’t hook me in from the start as I really did enjoy the ending an
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

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
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story of two sisters and the efforts Raine goes to find her missing sister Summer. This crime thriller will keep you guessing until the end.
I would like to thank NetGalley for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Rachel Hall
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
After the sheer, breathtaking brilliance of Chris Whitaker’s debut, Tall Oaks, I had high hopes that this would be another completely ingenious, well plotted novel with a host of oddball characters that wear their hearts on their sleeve. Admittedly, it had all of those components and the same bristling whip-smart humour, but I found All The Wicked Girls a slog to make it through. Why? First and foremost is that this follow-up is essentially a rip off of Tall Oaks. Replace small-town suburban Tal ...more
Adrian Dooley
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well I thought I wasn't going to like this one but after a clunky start I started to get into the flow of it and then was transfixed for the rest of the read.

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
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the story of twin sisters, Summer considered the be the "good twin" and Raine the more challenging of the two, it seems that they are like chalk and cheese, but are they really? Over the last few years five young girls have disappeared in the town of Grace and now Summer has disappeared. Tension arises in the community, family and others believe something terrible has happened to Summer but the local law enforcement think that she has taken off on her own free will. The story alternates ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I only need 3 words to sum up this solid mystery:
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
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year I was raving about Tall Oaks, a truly special debut that ended up being one of my favorite reads of 2016. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on All The Wicked Girls and I was simultaneously giddy and nervous when I started. I was so enraptured by TO that I worried that maybe I wouldn’t be as crazy about this one but all that worry was totally unnecessary as this was another amazing read that blew me away just as much as TO did.

I have a hard time reviewing books that truly move me and I t
G.J. Minett
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This really is something else. Given the acclaim that greeted his debut novel, it must have been tempting to play safe with the notoriously difficult second novel by staying close to the format that served him so well in Tall Oaks. Instead Chris Whitaker has opted for a much broader canvas, pushing out the boundaries with an ambitious novel that is part parable, part morality tale, part crime novel and which will stay with the reader for a long time.
It’s set in Grace, an Alabama backwater town w
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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You can also read my reviews on WP:

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
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A magnificent novel. A mix of dark and light, evil and redemption. By turns poetical and brutally real. Parts of it read as if they were passages from the Bible. Each of the main characters, young and old, has a story worth telling and Chris Whitaker tells them wonderfully. Other reviews on here will explain the story much better than I can. All I can say is that - along with "The Do-Right"
by Lisa Sandlin - this is one of the best books I've read in 2017. Highly recommended.
Linda Strong
Summer and Raine are twin sisters, young teenagers. They are as different as night and day. Summer is the 'good' daughter. She's a model student and musical prodigy. Raine is the one running around all hours, flirting with the boys, drinking.

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
This wonderful, wonderful book has left me speechless and in tears. Superb.

Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Summer Ryan goes missing from her home town. She’s not the first girl to disappear. Four other girls, all sweet church going ones, have vanished from a neighbouring town. They’ve not been found, nor the person responsible who they call The Bird. The local police force is tired and feels beaten. So when Summer goes missing, it’s Raine who throws herself into the search for her twin sister.

There is a dark cloud hanging over the small town of Grace, Alabama. In more ways than one. I mean, there rea
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raine sometimes complains that nothin excitin is ever gonna happen in Grace again. Daddy told her careful what you wish for.  I loved reading that line as it is a true saying be careful for what you wish for.  How many times has someone said that to you? Summer Ryan went missing in the night hours of May 26. I liked this next line too as I thought it was a rather odd thing to do.... Her daddy called his boys before the cops cause he reckoned they'd move quicker.  In the search for Summer Ryan, ...more
Mike Thomas
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘Tall Oaks’, Chris Whitaker’s 2016 novel of small town American intrigue revolving around the disappearance of a three-year-old boy was an incredibly assured debut and trumpeted the arrival of an impressive new talent. Rightly acclaimed, it is a brilliant read, a pitch black yet hilarious and touching tale that brought to mind the work of David Lynch, in particular ‘Twin Peaks’, and films such as ‘Fargo’.

So the big question: after such a striking first offering, would Whitaker’s sophomore effort
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
After reading Tall Oaks and loving it, I had high hopes for All The Wicked Girls. Unfortunately, this one fell somewhat short.

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
Tina Woodbury
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3.5 stars
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
Tracy Fenton
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Review: Having only recently discovered Chris Whitaker and raved about Tall Oaks I was rather excited (jumped up and down several times) to receive an advanced copy of his 2nd novel All the Wicked Girls from his publishers. I was told it was nothing like Tall Oaks and quite dark. Dark? Dark doesn’t even begin to describe this book – how about a complete black-out? I found myself reading this book so slowly as I was savouring each page/chapter and character instead of my usual rapid read and t ...more
Manon the Malicious
DNF @ 51%

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,
Liz Barnsley
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is definitely more to Summer than meets the eye…

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
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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You can also check out this review on my book blog.

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
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Chris Whitaker is the award-winning author of TALL OAKS, ALL THE WICKED GIRLS, and WE BEGIN AT THE END.

He lives in the UK with his wife and three children.

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