One of the Girls
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‘Brimming with tension’ CLARE MACKINTOSH
‘Talk about twists and turns’ EMMA STONEX
‘Utterly addictive . . . her best yet’ ERIN KELLY
‘The perfect holiday read’ CLAIRE DOUGLAS
WE WERE DYING FOR A HOLIDAY
The six of us arrived on that beautiful Greek island dreaming of sun-drenched beaches and blood orange sunsets, ready to lose ourselves in the wild freedom of a weekend away with friends.
On the first night we swam under a blanket of stars.
On the second night the games began on our clifftop terrace.
On the third night the idyll cracked, secrets and lies whispering on the breeze.
And by the final night there was a body on the rocks below . . .
WHO WOULD KILL FOR IT?
What readers are saying about One of the Girls:
‘If you are looking for a sun-soaked, fast-paced, keep-you-up-till-the-early-hours thriller for summer 2022 then my god this is it!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I loved this, a thrilling murder mystery read about friendship, love, deception, lies and secrets’⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely gripping, a perfect summer read’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This was an absolutely delicious read that grabbed me from the get-go’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'The ending, and the revelations leading up to it, blew me away’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘WHAT A READ! . . . I was whizzing through the pages just to find out anything out’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Unputdownable! The ideal holiday read’⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
About the author
Sunday Times bestseller Lucy Clarke writes from a beach hut, using the inspiration from the wild south coast to craft her stories. Her debut novel, The Sea Sisters, was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, and she has since published A Single Breath, The Blue/No Escape, Last Seen, You Let Me In, and The Castaways, which was a Waterstones Thriller of the Month. Lucy lives by the sea with her husband and two children.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you’re pondering your summer holiday sun-lounger read then this seventh novel by best-selling British thriller writer Lucy Clarke is well worth your consideration. The author specialises in dark deeds in shiny, bright sunshine destinations and for One of the Girls we jet off to a hen/bachelorette party on an idyllic Greek island. Although things don’t proceed entirely idyllically—we’re told from the off that someone will end up in a body bag on the rocks, beneath the clifftop villa. But who will it be? The manic twists and turns as the action reaches its climax may raise an eyebrow but the complicated relationships between the six very different friends of the bride-to-be ring true. A whizzy, easy read—just add sunglasses.
A trip abroad for six 30-something British women leads to tragedy, in this decent if flawed psychological thriller from Clarke (The Blue). Professional dancer-turned-yoga instructor Lexi Lowe is getting married to Ed Tollock in a month, so her close friend and maid of honor, Bella Rossi, throws a bachelorette weekend on the Greek Island of Aegos. Bella's girlfriend, Fen, has an aunt who allows the women to use her secluded villa on the island while she's away. Ed's quirky sister, Eleanor, accompanies them, as do a childhood friend of Lexi and Bella's, Robyn Davies, and Lexi's yoga student turned friend, Ana. Alternating chapters explore the innermost thoughts of the women, each of whom has juicy secrets involving the others in the group. Gradually, jealousy and resentment surface, and someone ends up taking a fatal tumble. The plot, which takes several colorful if farfetched twists, builds to a rushed conclusion followed by an epilogue that wraps up things a tad too neatly. Clarke keeps the pages turning, but this character-driven story focuses more on the relationships among the women than the whodunit aspects. Liane Moriarty fans may want to check this one out. Agent: Gr inne Fox, Fletcher & Co.
Slow start though
This was my first book by the author and most certainly won’t be the last. Well written, punchy and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The plot was a little reminiscent of Big Little Lies in part (without giving spoilers)but the characters were so well constructed it didn’t matter. Absolutely loved it.
An enjoyable read, but a little too slow-paced for me!
After reading and thoroughly enjoying The Castaways by Lucy Clarke, I’ll admit I went into reading this book with high hopes. Sadly it just didn’t quite do it for me.
The book is extremely slow right up until about the 70% mark and then everything happens in the last 30% of the book. Don’t get me wrong the last 30% is extremely good, with twists and turns that I hadn’t seen coming, but I can’t give more than 3 stars since a large portion of the book was quite bland and at times I almost gave up reading it.
Six women embark on a hen weekend to a picturesque Greek island. What is meant to be a trip full of fun ends in tragedy? With secrets about to be revealed, friendships are rocked and relationships are fractured causing tension within the group. We know someone will not leave alive, but who?
The chapters are narrated by each of the women – Lexi, Bella, Fen, Robyn, Ana and Eleanor as well as intermittent chapters being narrated by someone called H. This I found very confusing, it took me ages to get used to who was who, I think a list of the girl’s names and who they are at the front of the book would be a good idea, as you could refer back to it if needed. The positives of the multi narration were that we got to know each girl and their backstory, which I do really like and it works well for this kind of story.
I loved the atmospheric side of this book. Whilst reading I could clearly imagine the beauty of the island and I could almost hear the sound of the cicadas. Description is so important in a book to me as I like to feel like I’m there. This book definitely did just that!
If you don’t mind a slow-paced start with all the action and twists at the end then I think you’ll really like this book. For me, I think this story has made me realise that I much prefer things a bit more fast-paced earlier on and that I like something big to happen earlier on, to hold my interest. I also think that this story wasn’t hugely original as I felt there were a lot of similarities in this story to other thrillers that I’ve read before.
Lucy is an incredible writer and this book was very well written, it was the story and pace that I sadly didn’t enjoy as much as The Castaways. This has not put me off reading anything else by this author though, I have several of her books to read still, and I am very much looking forward to them. Please do check this book out if you like the sound of the blurb as this review is my personal opinion alone and I’m sure I’m in the minority with my rating.