The Queen of Twists, bestselling author of Daisy Darker and Rock Paper Scissors, Alice Feeney returns with another gripping mystery filled with drama and her trademark surprises in Good Bad Girl.
'One of the best psychological thriller writers' - The Sun
Sometimes bad things happen to good people, so good people have to do bad things . . .
Twenty years after a baby is stolen from her push-chair, a woman is murdered in a care home. The two crimes are somehow linked, and a good bad girl may be the key to discovering the truth.
Edith may have been tricked into a nursing home, but at eighty-years-young, she’s planning her escape. Patience works there, cleaning up mess and bonding with Edith, a kindred spirit. But Patience is lying to Edith about almost everything.
Edith’s own daughter, Clio, won’t speak to her. And someone new is about to knock on Clio’s door . . . and their intentions aren’t good.
With every reason to distrust each other, the women must solve a mystery with three suspects, two murders, and one victim. If they do, they might just find out what happened to the baby who disappeared, the mother who lost her, and the connections that bind them . . .
'An author you need to check out' - Harlan Coben
PRAISE FOR ALICE FEENEY
'I was totally hooked from the first sentence' – Peter James, author of the Roy Grace series.
‘Compelling, confounding and absolutely delicious' – Lisa Jewell, bestselling author of The Family Upstairs
'I was on the edge of my seat the whole time' – Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones and the Six
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Alice Feeney is among the most successful writers of thrillers in the world, with her knack for suspense making her a bestseller. But that is not her only talent. In Good Bad Girl Feeney draws portraits of flawed women who have acted in ways we might call unforgivable—but allows us to empathise with them all the same. Thus the book ends up being not only full of twists—though it is that, and they’re very effective—but also touching in its take on mothers and daughters, and regret. It is a tale of kidnap and murder, beginning with the disappearance of a baby from a supermarket, and as the reader learns how the four very different women’s lives and sorrows interconnect, they will want to know exactly what happened, and they will be desperate to know why.
Feeney's latest (after Daisy Darker) solidifies her reputation as a premier purveyor of psychological suspense. She grabs readers from page one, as an unnamed woman, wracked with guilt about being an ambivalent mother, is distracted while shopping; when she returns her attention to her baby carriage, her six-month-old daughter is gone. "I will never see her again and it is all my fault," the woman thinks. "Because I know who has stolen her. And I know why." From there, Feeney introduces several women, including Frankie, who's just left her job as a prison librarian, and her teen daughter Patience, who's run away from home and works as an attendant at a London senior-care facility. Patience has bonded with one of the residents, Edith, a former store detective whose daughter tricked her into signing away her house, and Clio, a therapist who believes another resident at the home was murdered. As the women's relationships deepen, Feeney gradually reveals their connection to the initial abduction, keeping readers constantly off-balance with shifting perspectives and brilliantly withheld information. All the while, she mines the murky waters of mother/daughter relationships with aplomb, anchoring the flashy plotting in palpable emotion. This crafty thriller will touch readers' hearts as much as it bends their minds.