Title: The Wicked Girls
Author: Alex Marwood
Publication: Sphere, trade paperback, 2012
Setting: 21st century UKDescription: Twenty-five years ago two girls spent a fateful day together and were charged with murder of a third child. Jade was from a disreputable family of which no one expected anything good but Bel was from an upscale home, which made it all the more shocking to the gossips. They were sent away and ordered never to have contact again. Now one is a journalist and one is a cleaner at “Funnland” where a serial killer is on the loose. If they both continue to do their jobs, they risk their secret being revealed, which could destroy the lives they have rebuilt.
My Impression: Right before I started my current job, I was painting my guest room and spent what seemed like days putting masking tape over the woodwork. I listened to two audio books, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd about the amazing Grimke sisters and The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood. The Grimke sisters were definitely interesting and when a bridge was dedicated to them in nearby Hyde Park not long before the pandemic, I was pleased I knew about them (because the male politicians at the event clearly had just been informed) but it was The Killer Next Door which had a slow beginning, then became so suspenseful I kept forgetting to paint. It brought together a group of characters who had nothing in common – six tenants in a falling apart building – and is told from each perspective as the threat of a serial killer brings them together. It was creepy and unnerving, so naturally I bought The Wicked Girls!The girls were never friends but they share a bond no one else can understand – particularly because they never told even their partners about their past and neither wants the truth to come out now.