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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,738 ratings  ·  529 reviews

The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again...
Paperback, UK, 352 pages
Published January 24th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Alice Clark-Platt's nightmarish and chilling psychological thriller brings back memories of the notoriously unforgettable 1993 murder of toddler Jamie Bulger by two boys. Here we have the character driven disturbingly unsettling story of 10 year old Laurel and her sister, 6 year old Primrose aka Rosie, who abduct, torture and kill 2 year old Kirstie Swann in 1997. The girls became tabloid and media fodder, becoming the infamous Flower Girls. Laurel is convicted and imprisoned, but Rosie is ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dang! I figured out pretty early where we were going but the ride was still crazy.

And then it really went berserk. I mean WTF just happened??

I almost DNFed this at about 30% because it moved a little too slowly at the beginning, and in my opinion, about 50% of the characters could go with no sacrifice to the story whatsoever but that's small stuff.

This book is original, courageous and starkly terrifying and in the end I was SO glad I hung in there.
Louise Wilson
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1997, two little girls (sisters) aged 10 & 6 abducted and killed a two year old toddler. The older girl was charged with the crime but younger one got a new identity. The younger sister (Rosie) went on to lead a normal life. 19 years later, another young girl does missing at the hotel where Rosie was staying. The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines again!

This is quite an uncomfortable book to read. It is indeed a twisted tale. The murder of the two year old girl read a lot like
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

2 Sisters go out to play, while they are out they abduct and murder a baby!
The 2 sisters Laurel and Primose are caught, one is charged and is put away for life, one is too young to be prosecuted and so has her name changed ( and her parents ) and her life is led in secret
19 years on a little girl goes missing at the hotel her and her fiancé are staying at....of course the truth of who she is comes out....but is she involved in this crime?....she then decides to go and visit her Sister in
Laurel and Primrose (Rosie) Bowman became known as the "flower girls" after they abducted and killed a toddler in the 1990s. Laurel, aged 10 was tried as an adult and found guilty of murder but Rosie, only 6 years old was considered too young to charge and was instead given a new identity as Hazel Archer. She and her parents move away and have no further contact with Laurel. Twenty years later Laurel has been trying to get parole but is being blocked by the dead toddler's family who feel she ...more
Liz Barnsley
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Flower Girls in one sitting- utterly compelling and a real page turner.
Its not a new story children committing horrific crime then years later the consequences of their actions still resonate- but Alice Clark-Platts tells it so well, with an underlying and unsettling sense of emotion that gets under your skin.
This is a purely character driven drama, two sisters, one in prison, one who was too young to be brought to account and assumed to have been lead by her evil sibling. Now
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This was an intense and very disturbing read and I'm still processing how I feel about it.

In 1997, two little sisters aged 10 and 6 abducted and killed a two year old toddler. The older sister has been charged with the crime but the younger one, Rosie, was given a new identity and lived a happy life until another little girl goes missing at a hotel where Rosie is staying.

Reading about the abduction of a young child will probably make everyone feel quite uncomfortable. That's how I felt
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

So this was such a chillingly interesting premise and almost from the onset here because of the delicate and disturbing subject matter we are being exposed to I felt an almost deep sense of unease and dread down to my very bones.
This really wasn't an easy subject to take on board and digest: but it was one I really wanted to tackle just because of the discomforting content and unpleasant questions this poses when dealing with the actions of children and their culpability when committing such
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was so engrossed with this book that I devoured it in one sitting. This was chilling as this could have been a true story. Unfortunately children murdering another child has happened in real life!!

When the flower girls Rosie and Laurel were aged 6 and 10, they were playing in the park and take a toddler called Kirstie down to the canal, where they commit a heinous crime.

One sister goes to prison whilst the other one is given a new identity. Hazel is staying at a seaside hotel with her partner
Mandy White
I loved this book, so different from other books that I have been reading recently. I read this over 10 days with Pigeonhole Books and at times I just wanted to keep reading to know what was going to happen next.

The story of 2 sisters Laurel and Rosie. Laurel is convicted of the murder of 2 year old Kristie and sent to jail. Rosie is too young and is given a new identity and a new life. 19 years later her real identity is revealed .
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh,Wow,just Wow. There isn't enough superlatives in the English language to describe how much I loved this book.It's the mesmerising,thought-provoking,chilling story of two sisters Laurel (10) and Primrose (Rosie) (6) who tortured and murdered two year old Kirstie Swann on a warm summer's day in 1997. Dubbed The Flower Girls by the press,Laurel was convicted whilst Rosie who due to her young age couldn't be held accountable was given a new identity and a new life.

On New Years Eve,nineteen years
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews
The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts. (2019).

Laurel and Primrose are the Flower Girls. Nineteen years ago, one was convicted of murder and the other got a new identity. But now another child has gone missing. So the Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines again...

This novel is quite compelling. It's always a seriously creepy thought that there are rare children out there who murder other children, and this book plays on that creepiness. This is particularly in play with the flashback
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Flower Girls, Alice Clark-Platts debut thriller is both emotional and chilling due to the thought-provoking and complex plot. It reminded me right away of the James Bulger case, and as if the horror of finding a murdered child isn't enough the brutal, merciless killers are children themselves. Just like the Bulger case, this story brings a lot of emotion to the surface as we struggle to decipher why these children would carry out such an incident and how much culpability do they have for ...more
Julie Parks
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
It's true. You'll never forget THE FLOWER GIRLS.
This book is bound to stay in your memory for a long time. It's emotional and provocative, and it makes you question things you would otherwise choose not to because they're not the kind of questions that have good, satisfactory answers anyway. Sometimes it's just life. Or a good story.

This book is absolutely perfect for thriller fans who prefer a solid plot to a PR hype. It's a guessing game with a proper, and yet shocking, ending.

Thank you
Adele Shea
I hate to say this but the book has really disappointed me. It took me a while to get into it as I felt the beginning a bit messy but once I got into it I liked it.
What was the ending all about? I feel let down with such an abrupt ending. It feels unfinished somehow.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
This is the story of Laurel and Primrose, who when they were aged 10 and 6 respectively, committed a terrible crime. Because Rosie was so young, only Laurel was charged, and has been in prison ever since. Rosie and their parents were given new identities and new lives and none of them have seen Laurel since.
This sounded like it was going to be a book that I would love, and I did like it, but ultimately I was a little disappointed.
The writing was fine, the story was fine, but I just feel that
Dale Harcombe
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.
When they are 10 and 6, Laurel and Primose (Rosie) abduct a baby. Later she is found dead and Laurel is charged and convicted, while Rose is seen as too young to understand. When the parents and Rosie are subjected to abuse, they are given new identities. Rose becomes Hazel and, with no contact with the imprisoned Laurel, manages to hide her identity. Until.....another child goes missing. During the investigations the truth comes out that Hazel is in reality one of the
Roman Clodia
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd Clark-Platts book I've read and she's consistently turned in books with more substance and intelligence than we sometimes find in this genre. That said, the obligatory twist here is one we've surely all seen before in a myriad other psychological thrillers, and the over-egged final scene is so campily OTT that I found myself giggling...

Nevertheless, important issues of punishment, reparation and justice are treated sensitively especially via the character of Joanna, a legal
The Cats’ Mother
This is a harrowing and thought provoking novel, presumably inspired by the notorious murder of two year old James Bulger by two young boys, in 1993. That was the year I finished uni and started work, so I was studying and then working all hours, and barely watched any TV, but even in those days before instant and 24 hour news, I remember the saturation coverage and the tabloids fascination with the killers, which continues to this day, so while the premise seems at first unbelievable, on ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of the Flower Girls. Two sisters, who back in 1997, were involved in a truly horrific crime - the torture and murder of a two year old girl. What makes this even more despicable, if possible, is the ages of the sisters. Laurel was ten when the crime was committed and Rosie was just six yeas old.

Laurel was sent to a children's 'prison' until she reached eighteen, then she was transferred to an adult prison, where ten years later, she remains. Rosie was considered too young to be
The Nerd Daily
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tracy Truffles
Yes, the blurb for this novel is very vague and thats because this story is so full of important factors that could lead to spoilers. Its hard to explain the plot without giving too much away but Im going to give it a try anyway.

The Flower Girls is based around a horrible crime where a toddler was tortured and killed by not just any person but suspected to be by two young girls, Laurel and Primrose. Laurel, being the eldest was
Bill Kupersmith
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-emma
If you like delicious meals made from off-the-shelf ingredients, you should enjoy Alice Clark-Platts The Flower Girls. What happens after underage murderers are released has been the basis of numerous thrillers: my favourites of all are Alex Marwoods The Wicked Girls and Elizabeth Littles Dear Daughter. Here two decades ago two sisters, Laurel and Primrose (hence the title), aged 10 and 6, were charged with the torture killing of the little 2-year-old Kirstie. Laurel was tried and convicted, and ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1997 sisters Lauren 10 and Primrose 6 abducted and killed a 2-year-old Kirsten Swann. Only Lauren was arrested for her murder, as they thought Primrose was too young to be convicted. Present day Lauren is still in prison for the crime, and Primrose has a new identity and a new life. Her name is now Hazel.
Nineteen years later, Hazel (Primrose) is celebrating the New year in a hotel off the Devon coast, with her boyfriend Johnny. When 5-year-old Georgie goes missing. When the police arrive,
Tracy Fenton
The Flower Girls just didnt work for me. Having read several other books with a similar theme, I was excited to read this book as the description and blurb was intriguing and interesting.

Unfortunately after the prologue which was, imo, enticing and uncomfortable the book then left me cold. I was unable to connect with any of the characters, which meant I stopped caring about who, why, when and how.

At just over halfway through my kindle told me I had 1 hour 30 left in the book, so I continued on
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is so chilling. It builds and builds, then drags out a bit and then ends with so many questions. I felt the end was a let down as well as being abrupt.

Ive read two stories about abducted children of late. As well as also covering that story line it also covers the lives of the families around which was interesting.
This follows the loves of Rosie and Laurel flashing to the past when they were 10 and 6 and were involved in the abduction and murder of Kirstie. The present deals with
Rachel Hall
Following two police procedurals Alice Clark-Platts third novel tackles the ever fascinating topic of children that kill and explores some of the most contentious issues surrounding crime and justice. From the familiar nurture/nature debate on the origin of evil to prison tariffs, deciding when a criminal has paid their dues right through to the influence of the media, the novel is full of food for thought. Despite feeling heavily dramatised from the off the story gets off to a promising start ...more
Maria Hill AKA MH Books
This went from yeh its okay to one of the most enjoyable crime thrillers I have read in a long while.

Based upon two girls, 6 and 10, accused of violently killing a toddler in 1997. The 10-year-old is convicted but the 6-year-old is deemed too young under the law. Now 19 years later with a new identity, the now 25-year-old is staying at a hotel where a young child goes missing.

The past is slowly revealed but will the policewoman, writer or uncle work it all out before it's too late.

Aug 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A bit uncomfortable reading this. It mentions a lot of real life child murder cases and is about two girls who are arrested for the murder of a toddler. Jamie Bulger came to mind and this and other cases are referenced throughout. The ending is also very uncomfortable and well, this just wasn't for me as it gets into the heads of those suspected and those who were there on the day.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twenty Years ago, Laurel and Primrose, only children themselves, kidnap and torture a young child in the woods. The media has labeled them as The Flower Girls, but only Laurel is sent to jail as Primrose is only six years old and cant be held legally responsible. Fast Forward almost twenty years and Primrose now goes by the name Hazel Archer. Hazel, along with her boyfriend Jonny and his teenage daughter Evie, are away celebrating New Years Eve when a small child goes missing at the hotel they ...more
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