Written by Alice Clark-Platts
THREE CHILDREN WENT OUT TO PLAY. ONLY TWO CAME BACK.
The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.
One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.
Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.
And the Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…
Mesmerising, Intriguing .. and Chilling!!
Never has a book been better classed by genre; this is a most thrilling read, full of suspense which – ultimately – chilled me to the bone!
Sisters Laurel and Rosie are inseparable. During the long hot summer they play mostly in the garden of their middle-class home, but with their mother’s permission they are allowed to go to the nearby play park via the path from their back garden gate. One day in 1997 they return home, as usual, skipping and laughing – but they have left behind them absolute mayhem and a missing toddler.
This is a very skilfully written novel – easy to read and rather enjoyable! Intriguing, mesmerising and astounding – yet totally believable – this story is told both in present time and in the past with events drawing the reader in, making them really care about what happened then and what is happening now. I found myself really invested in all the characters, and I was absolutely certain I had it all worked out. Did I? Will you? Well, you have to read it yourself to find out but I have to admit to feeling more shocked than I have at any other book for a long, long time.
My thanks to publisher Bloomsbury for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: suspense thriller
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
- Size: 339 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Raven
- Publication Date: 17 January 2019
- Purchase Links: GooglePlay
About the Author
Alice Clark-Platts is a former human rights lawyer who worked at the UN International Criminal Tribunal in connection with the Rwandan genocide and on cases involving Winnie Mandela and Snoop Dogg. She is the author of the police procedurals Bitter Fruits and The Taken, the latter of which was shortlisted for the Best Police Procedural in the Dead Good Reader Awards 2017. Her work was included in Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women, selected by Sophie Hannah.