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The Wicked Girls

Edgar Awards, 2014

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751547986

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 28th November 2019

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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The word-of-mouth bestselling debut from multi-award-winning bestseller Alex Marwood

That’s us. We’re the girls who killed Chloe. We are the devil now.

One fateful summer morning in 1986, two eleven-year-old girls meet for the first time and by the end of the day are 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?

An absolutely gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines psychological thriller perfect for fans of The Suspect by Fiona Barton and The Rumour by Lesley Kara

‘[I] devoured every page . . . cleverly plotted and pacy, with all the storylines thundering towards a final, gripping conclusion. I loved it’
Elizabeth Haynes

Praise for Alex Marwood:

‘So good I wish I’d written it myself’


‘Without a doubt, she is one of crime fiction’s brightest stars. Not to be missed’

‘Alex Marwood has become one of my must-read crime writers’

‘Scary as hell’

‘I cancel all engagements for a new novel from Alex Marwood’

‘Crime writing at its best’

‘I can’t wait to see what Alex Marwood comes up with next’


Don’t miss the shocking new novel from Alex Marwood – THE POISON GARDEN is out now


The Wicked Girls is ingenious and original -- a novel that surprises and rewards its readers, delivering a twist of an ending that I never saw coming, then realised it was the only ending that could truly satisfy. Real, chilling, true to its world and its characters. In short, a knock-out
Laura Lippman
The Wicked Girls is utterly compelling. It's psychologically rich, complex and masterfully plotted. I couldn't put it down, even when I sensed it was taking me somewhere very dark indeed. I can't wait to see what Alex Marwood comes up with next
Jojo Moyes
The best thriller I've read since Sister. Taut, gritty and utterly compelling
Lisa Jewell
Genuinely disturbing and emotionally unsettling, The Wicked Girls is irresistible
Val McDermid
Having read it and devoured every page, I really wish I'd written it! It was cleverly plotted and pacy, with all the storylines thundering towards a final, gripping conclusion. I loved it
Elizabeth Haynes
In The Wicked Girls, debut author Alex Marwood's taut crime story poses bigger questions about tabloid witch hunts and the nature of evil
Good Housekeeping
I devoured The Wicked Girls over one weekend and loved it. I held my breath during the last few chapters
Erin Kelly
Original, thought-provoking and utterly brilliant
The Sun
A rundown seaside amusement park provides the backdrop for Marwood's memorable first novel . . . Marwood fills this disturbing thriller with sordid red herrings and brutal reflections
Publishers Weekly
One of the best books I read this year: The suspense keeps the pages flying, but what sets this one apart is the palpable sense of onrushing doom
Stephen King, 'The Best Books I Read This Year', Entertainment Weekly