The July Girls
'EXTRAORDINARY. SHOCKING, YET SUBTLE, THE MENACE DRIPS OFF EVERY PAGE . . . AN ALMOST UNBEARABLY GOOD READ' Caz Frear, Sunday Times-bestselling author of SWEET LITTLE LIES
Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost.
Addie has a secret. On the morning of her tenth birthday
Every July around the same day, same time a girl disappears.
All that the perpetrator leaves is a piece of jewellery belonging to that girl.
Hence, he’s known as “Magpie”.
The two young girls are Addison and Jessica. Jessica being the eldest of the two.
Because of family circumstances Jessica becomes “mom” to her little sister and little Addison looks up to her elder sister.
But one night, on the night of Addisons 10th birthday she witnesses something terrible.
Someone goe ...more
When I read The Tall Man a while ago, I immediately somehow felt Phoebe Locke would be my kind of writer. So when I heard The July Girls was coming, I signed up for this blog tour without even knowing what the book was about, confident that I would like whatever Phoebe Locke came up with this time around. And I was right. (I usually am, OH hates it 😉)
Every year, on the same day, a woman disappears without a trace from the streets of London. That day, July 7th, is Addie’s birthday. ...more
Set in London, it’s the story of two sisters, raising themselves more or less alone in Brixton, whose lives become unwittingly entangled with that of a seemingly uncatchable serial killer. Every year, on the same in July, he takes another girl’s life and then sends back an item of her jewellery to taunt the detectiv ...more
July 7th is a date that most of us will be aware of, when the terror attacks in London c ...more
The father is erratic and unstable and the story weaves the family dynamics, along with topical news items and then, girls who go missing.
It definitely maintains suspense and is difficult to predict, which I liked. For me, it did meander at times, but, overall t ...more
This is one of those stories that I’m home find hard to review. I just don’t have the words to give the story the review it deserves.
On Addies tenth birthday her life is about to change. Growing up with a single dad it’s her older sister who tries to protect her.
Addie tells us her story in this gripping well told story.
Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London. Despite the date, there are no other connections between the women so the police are unable to track down t ...more
It is difficult to do The July Girls justice in my review but I’ll try my best!
We follow Addie starting around her tenth birthday, getting to know her sister Jessie and her dad who always seems to be working leaving Jessie to look after her little sister. On the night of Addie’s birthday, 7th July 2005, terrorists attack the city of London. Her father comes hom ...more
Having grown up with two very superstitious parents, I'm used to lone magpies being associated with bad luck but although that's just an old wives' tale, the Magpie in The July Girls is responsible for bringing bad luck every year on 7th July. That's the night he chooses another victim but who he is and what has happened to most of his victims remains a mystery.
Addie's tenth birthday is on 7th July 200 ...more
It’s the 7th of July 2005 and Addie, short for Addison, Knight’s tenth birthday. It will be a memorable day and not for all the right reasons. The London bombings provide as a dramatic backdrop and the gift of a charm bracelet will be the first of several on her special day over the years. Soon she will dread them.
She’s bookish and uses her beloved Harry Potter books to escape from her home life. Dad works long hours as an unlicensed black cab driver and her older sister, Jessie, is a sort of s ...more
The July Girls is a sizzling summer thriller with a great hook; namely that on July 7th each year a killer snatches a woman off the street in London. The story centres around Addie who lives with her older sister Jessie and their Dad a taxi driver who works long hours. Protagonist Addie is nine at the start of the story and events are narrated through her po ...more
The July Girls is a story beautifully told through the eyes of Addie from around her tenth birthday and into adulthood. The evening of her tenth birthday coincides with the London bombings of 7/7. Usually looked after by her big sister Jessie and h ...more
What’s particularly smart about this book is that Locke draws on significant modern memory acts of terror to exacerbate the fear that the characters experience in their daily lives. There’s an underlying sense of disquiet, caused not just by Addie and Jessie’s circumstances but by events like 7/7, the 2005 bombings ...more
Since her mum left home, Addie has been brought up by her dad and older sister, Jessie. Addie and Jessie are particularly close knit, as Jessie, in the absence of their mum has done everything for Addie, from making sure that she was clothed and fed, to arriving at school on time, ...more
One of the ...more
Firstly I loved that the author set this at the start of the 21st Century and all the terrible things that happened in London around that time. These are events that I clearly remember and I felt this set the atmosphere nicely as it describes an unsettled London where you felt anything could ...more
Here’s a mystery about a killer, nicknamed “Magpie”, who every year, on July 7th, abducts and kills a woman. In this case, though, it’s not the police’s investigation we follow, but this story seen through the eyes of Abigail, a young girl born on July 7th as well: because on her 10th birthday, her father comes home covered in blood, and that’s when she starts questioning more and more what other secrets her family is hiding ...more
Addie is 10 in 2005 when the story begins. She lives with her father and her 17 year old sister, Jessie, in a flat in London. Her birthday is 7/7 and this is the year of the London tube and bus bombings on that very date. It's also the day that her dad comes home with blood on his clothes, acting shiftily. Jessie is almost like a mother ...more
The July Girls by Phoebe Locke is an immersive and atmospheric read featuring a strong narrative voice in the form of protagonist Addie. She lives in Brixton, London with her dad and older sister Jessie and times are tough. Her dad works all hours as an illegal taxi driver and Jessie does her best to give Addie a good life, ensuring she is clothed and fed and that her homework is done on time.
The titular July Girls are the women who every 7th July are murder ...more
Addie lives with her father and sister Jessie and she is the narrative voice in this novel. The story begins when Addie is ten years old and spans the next decade. Set in Brixton, London, it tells the story of the two sisters, raising themselves more or less alone and their lives become unwittingly entangled with that of a seemingly untouchable serial killer. Every year, on t ...more