The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

It’s 1997 and Britain has been shaken to the core by the chilling abduction and murder of a baby, by two young girls. Sisters Primrose and Laurel are those two young girls, and the media gives them a sickeningly sweet name; The Flower Girls. Ten year old Laurel is convicted of the baby’s murder whilst Primrose, who is only 6, is deemed too young to be convicted and allowed to walk free. 

Fast forward almost 20 years and Primrose, now Hazel, is staying with her boyfriend in a hotel over the New Year when a little girl goes missing. Suddenly Primrose finds herself catapulted into the spotlight all over again as The Flower Girls have the Press salivating once more.

This atmospheric novel is full of twists and kept me guessing right until the end, something many novels claim but few deliver.  Alice Clarke-Platts deals with the deeply disturbing subject of child killers cleverly and succinctly and this novel immediately recalled high profile, real life cases to mind – some of which are cited and referred to within.

I must admit, I was apprehensive about starting this psychological thriller, not only due to the sinister subject matter but also because as I have two young children myself, both of whom are little girls.  All apprehensions were hurriedly pushed to the back of my mind as soon as I started reading; this is an intriguing page turner in its truest form.  The Flower Girls is fast paced, punchy and truly unsettling; a fantastic read.

Many thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing/Raven Books and Netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of this novel to read in return for an honest review.  The Flower Girls is out in hardcover on 24 January 2019.

Published by Mrs Cooke

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