Launching today, Little, Brown Book Group digital venture The Crime Vault describes itself as ‘the place to discover great crime and thriller ebooks online … showcasing exclusive material by internationally bestselling authors alongside thrilling new voices.’ They offer the ‘latest bestsellers and crime classics, plus brand-new titles never before available in the UK.’ And, streamlining the reader’s purchasing experience, all this publisher’s books are available at the touch of a button from their online retail partners. The site includes competitions, exclusives and interviews, and you can also subscribe for site updates.
Now and again a novel comes along that simply revitalises and sizzles those almost dormant reading synapses with major excitement. The Wicked Girls is just such a book. It’s been quite a while since I read something quite so compelling; I really did not want to put this one down. So here’s a warning: if you start The Wicked Girls, make sure you allow enough time for a one-read sitting. It’s a clever novel and it’s a pretty well-packed novel.
In 1986 two eleven year old girls were imprisoned for the murder of a four year old girl. They came from different backgrounds and were not great friends; they had only really met on that fateful day. Rehabilitated separately, they were finally released on licence with new identities and able to start new lives.
In the present day, the south coast’s seaside town of Whitmouth is experiencing a series of attacks on young women and journalist Kirsty Lindsay arrives to report on the cases and developments. There, she meets cleaner Amber Gordon. It is the first time the two have laid eyes on each other in twenty five years. Danger comes not only from the attacks in their midst but also from the fact they are now thrown together in circumstances where they should not be in contact. They both have their identities and new families to protect. What lengths will they go to in order to protect the lives they live now? Continue reading