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The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
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Mar 07, 2014

it was amazing

While this debut novel has made only a small ripple in the blogging world, it ended up on Stephen King's "Top Reads for 2013". That's enough for me. The "wicked girls" in question are two 11 year-olds who become notorious for killing a 4 year old back in the 1980's. (We know little yet about what actually happened, but the reader is appropriately sickened over the idea, and is hard to have any sympathy for the perpetrators.) The girls served their time, lost their families, and have tried to reestablish new lives, promising to NEVER have contact with each other again. Until a serial killer strikes in a seaside town, and home of one of the girls, now a grown woman, and they are forced back into each other's orbit. The writing is taught, to the point that you feel in your bones from the very beginning that NOTHING GOOD IS GOING TO COME OF THIS. As things come to a head in the current day, we also flash back, with perfect pace and timing, to the event that changed these girls' lives. Suddenly, not everything is so black and white, and I found myself feeling conflicted, horrified and devastated. As I said, the pacing is excellent, as is the writing. This is a very easy book to read, and would be perfect for a book club.
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March 7, 2014 – Started Reading
March 7, 2014 – Shelved
March 15, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Heather When you said you had finished this I totally blanked and didn't realize what book you were referring to. I read this one too! I agree completely with what you said here. Not sure if I gave it 4 or 5 stars but I REALLY liked it.


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