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The July Girls

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  44 reviews


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

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Wildfire
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Phoebe Locke writes a brilliant psychological thriller and coming of age story set in Brixton, London, where the multiple timelines gives us the background of London's recent history that include the 7/7 London bombings, the death of Mark Duggan and the spreading riots and the devastating and deadly Grenfell fire. Addison 'Addie' Knight has been cared for by her older sister, Jessie, with their single dad, Paul, a man with a dodgy reputation, barred from pubs, out all hours of the day and night, ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like fast paced thrillers
This book is so aptly titled.

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.
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The Book Review Café
I’m not going to beat about the bush here, I absolutely loved The July Girls by Phoebe Locke, this is the first book I’ve read by the author, although I have since bought her debut novel The Tall Man. If from the book description you thought this was a run of the mill ‘serial killer thriller’ you couldn’t be more wrong. This book has so much more to offer the crime thriller lover, it’s a book that’s superbly written, an extraordinary and highly original tale, told through the eyes of a brilliant ...more
I've been looking forward to reading this and it didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed the way in which the character of Addie is developed throughout the novel as the load on her shoulders continues to build. A good story very well told. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5* --> 5*

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.
Melanie Garrett
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE JULY GIRLS is exactly what I crave in a crime novel. A fast-paced story that’s so immersive and finely crafted I forget I’m reading and end up feeling I’ve just lived through it.

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
Joanne Robertson
You are going to hear A LOT about this book within the next few weeks from across the blogosphere! It’s such an addictive read that once I picked it up I was physically unable to put it down! Phoebe Locke has a writing style that is just so beautifully spellbinding, I know it will sprinkle its magic over everyone who reads it just like it did with me! This is one book you are going to want to read believe me!

July 7th is a date that most of us will be aware of, when the terror attacks in London c
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a decent thriller about a single parent family, with 2 girls Addison and Jessica. Addison is effectively a 'mum' to her younger sister and the book deals well with the pressures of young, vulnerable girls and their relationships.
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
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
This is my first and certainly not my last read by this author. This was a brilliant read. The author sucked me in from start to finish.

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.
The July Girls is set in Brixton, London featuring real life events that have caused terror within the capital including the 7/7 bombings on the London Underground and the riots of 2011. These real-life events are effortlessly interwoven into the story of Addison ‘Addie’ Knight and her older sister, Jessie.

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
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
I’ve heard lots of good things about Phoebe Locke and after reading this I can’t wait to get stuck into her first thriller The Tall Man.

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
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
This is a really unusual book - it's told almost exclusively in first person perspective by Addie who is only 9 years old when the story story starts. She has a hard life - she's a pretty neglected child. Dad is always working and she is primarily cared for by Jessie, her older sister. On Addie's 10th birthday the 7/7 bombings took place in London - her father, who is working illegally as a taxi driver also comes home covered in blood. He is completely unapproachable and as a 10 year old, Addie ...more
Jul 22, 2019 marked it as maybe-read
Recommended to Isabelle by: Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
Cressida McLaughlin
This book is BRILLIANT. Unforgettable characters, a great premise and so much you won’t see coming. It’s a stonkingly good thriller, but it’s tender and heartbreaking, too. All the stars. ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I have loved this year, are the days when I pick up a book and start reading an immediately find myself drawn into the story, so much so that I just don't want to put it down. It hasn't happened often this year, my mind hasn't been able to cope with reading, but when it does it feels like magic. The July Girls by Phoebe Locke was like spending an evening with Derren Brown. Not that I am accusing her of any kind of manipulation or sleight of hand, but the book was pure magic and from start t ...more
Karen Cole
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved The Tall Man when I read it last year but I have to say, The July Girls is even better!
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
Carole Tyrrell

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
Aileen Mckenzie
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The July Girls over the two hottest days of the year so far, and almost the hottest on record, and there could not have been a better time to read it.  The story kicks off in 2005 as London is gripped in terror when the 7/7 bombings hit trains and buses across the city where 56 people died and hundreds more were injured.  As emergency services were working hard to save lives and keep the public safe, another killer is on the loose.  Every year on the 7th of July, a woman is taken from the ...more
Bella Jones
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of the July Girls by Phoebe Locke, from Headline Books. Huge thanks for what proved to be a fantastic, unputdownable read!

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
Kerry Robinson
This is one of those novels that hit me so deep and I struggled to find words that would do the review justice so I've tried my best but the only way to truly experience this novel is to immerse yourself into the wonderful writing of Phoebe Locke.   

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
The Literary Shed
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We probably would have liked Phoebe Locke’s The July Girls for its setting alone. London informs the book, the locations – Brixton, north London or elsewhere – used to frame the plot.

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
Jo Barton
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
July is not a safe month in the city of London because for several years on the same date a woman has been taken by a perpetrator who leaves no clues and who despite the best efforts of the police has never been found.

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,
Kim Ebner
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is set in London, where two sisters, Jessie and Addie, live. Every year, on the 7th of July, a young girl is snatched from the streets by a serial killer nicknamed, the Magpie. And every year, around the 7th of July, Addie receives a “special” gift - a piece of jewelry which the killer has uplifted from his victims. But why? Well the thing is, the 7th of July also happens to be Addie’s birthday. Before long, the lives of Addie and her sister and intertwined with that of a killer. And ...more
Christine -  LifeWithAllTheBooks
I read The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke when it first came out and I absolutely loved it, so my expectations for The July Girls were high, and I’m pleased to say those expectations were met – and then some. The story follows Addie and her sister Jessie, whose mercurial and changeable father is keeping secrets. There is also a serial killer stalking London and killing a girl every July 7th. I really don’t want to give much away but lets just say things develop in a twisty and sinister way.

One of the
Joanna Park
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved The Tall Man so I was very excited to have a chance to read more from this author. The July Girls is another fantastic, atmospheric and gripping read that was almost impossible to put down.

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
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

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
Nicola Smith
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked The Tall Man, Phoebe Locke's first book, but I really loved The July Girls. It's a fast-paced story which kept me turning those pages as fast as I could.

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
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019

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
Gosh, what a fantastic book! This coming of age story drew me in from the very beginning and kept my interest throughout.

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
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Addie lives in Brixton with her father and 17 year old sister Jessie.  Her mum appears to have left the family some time ago and it is mainly Jessie looking after her younger sister as the dad is often out at work.The book starts with our narrator, Addie, due to celebrate her 10th birthday on July 7th.  The same July 7th of the London bombings. Her sister doesn't turn up to collect her from school and later that evening her father arrives home with blood on his clothes.I don't want to explain to ...more
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