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Publisher's Summary

One summer morning, three little girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, two will be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day when they were just children. But with new lives - and families - to protect, will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?
©2012 Alex Marwood (P)2012 Hachette Digital
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Critic Reviews

"This incredible story will play on your mind. Two weeks after I read it, I can't stop thinking about it. The book of the year." (The Sun)
"Dark, twisty and full of good surprises and insights. Marwood has delivered a compelling debut crime novel." (Daily Mail)
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By Amazon Customer on 12-16-13

Thought-provoking

Where does The Wicked Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best books I've listened to since I joined Audible so I feel compelled to write a review for the first time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wicked Girls?

The pace was relentless and tantalising, giving a gradual understanding of what happened in the past - and why, seemingly inevitable. It shows how stories can be distorted, how the media twist facts (and pictures) to present their stories. How children can be shaped by their expériences and the conséquences in their lives and those of others.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I really wanted to know what was going to happen, feeling for the two main characters, willing them to survive. I was almost afraid of coming to the conclusion, had a sinking feeling that it would all end in tears, in disaster, but I feel the author pulled the rabbit out of her hat and finally the book was a triumph.

Any additional comments?

This will remain in my mind for a very long time and serve as a reminder not to take news stories at face value!

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By robert on 10-10-13

excellent book well written and well read

What made the experience of listening to The Wicked Girls the most enjoyable?

The story was excellent and unravelled enticingly so you didn't want to stop listening. It is told from the two perspectives of the main characters who are both believable and you start to care about them right from the start. There are lots of twists and turns but it keeps the suspence building right to the end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wicked Girls?

The part I found the most disturbing was the way the main character was hounded by the public when they found out her true identity and the way the mob behaved to her and her pet dogs.

What does Anna Bentinck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think the book was read in such a way that the characters came to life - you felt their differences and it seemed more real.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending which sometimes falls flat in some books was brilliant and really finished of the book well.

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By Julia on 02-08-16

Great Book

I was really torn by this book I couldn't stop listening but at the same time I didn't want to know what was going to happen next due to a feeling of dread,

I read a lot of crime books and this was defiantly a stand out for me I highly recommend this book.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful


By Trish, from Oz on 05-01-16

Worth listening to

I found this book very slow to start, but it really started to pick up the pace about halfway through. It was very well narrated and each character was easily identifiable. Quite thought provoking - this is one book that will stay with me for some time.

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