All the Wicked Girls is a book I have been seeing everywhere for a while and because of the success of the author’s first book Tall Oaks [which I haven’t read yet but plan to] and every blogger adoring it I got intrigued to try and read one of his books and so it happens that when I got a chance to read his second book I immediately took it. I have to say I enjoyed reading it very much!
The novel centers around a town called Grace where nothing ever happens but because it’s a small town when something does everyone is quick to learn and spread the gossip about it. We have two sisters called Summer and Raine Ryan who are very different and when Summer goes missing everything changes and this event shakes up the whole town. Why would Summer disappear? She was a model student, she was smart, kind and lovable. Was there something that Summer was hiding? Raine takes the disappearance of her sister very hard and while the whole town starts a search for Summer she can’t help but get involved and with a little help from Noah and Purv she tries to find out where her sister might’ve gone. Summer’s disappearance is unusual but so are the disappearances of other girls… could it be possible that they are linked? Will Raine be able to find out the truth behind her sister’s vanishing?
All the Wicked Girls is a very interesting read. The writing style is something that might not be for everyone but that wasn’t the case for me because I loved reading it and it gave me the feel of the town. There’s no doubt that Whitaker can write and create the feel of a Southern town with a few words and those are his strong points in my book. I did find some issues with this book and it was mainly the characters because putting Summer and Purv aside I haven’t felt empathy towards any of them. Raine wasn’t a character I particularly enjoyed reading because her actions made me not care for her in a way I cared for Summer and I do understand how losing someone close can feel but Raine felt flat but I only admired her determination to find out more about her sister’s disappearance. I have been reading this book for a few weeks because of life so that might’ve affected my experience with it but I doubt it did because I liked the story and not the characters so much. When I look back at my time spent reading this book I look at the good parts because the whole premise of a small town with darkness lurking is so well done that it gets you in a great mood and makes read on.
All the Wicked Girls is a great mystery/thriller book and I’m sure everyone who loves reading about a town filled with secrets will definitely enjoy this and be swept by Whitaker’s ability to create such a thing.
I would like to thank the publisher (Bonnier Zaffre) for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Chris Whitaker was born in London and spent ten years working as a financial trader in the city. His debut novel, Tall Oaks, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger and also for the Last Laugh Award.
A Guardian crime book of the month, Tall Oaks also featured in Crime Time’s top 100 books of 2016 and BuzzFeed’s incredible summer reads.
Chris’s second novel, All The Wicked Girls, was published in August 2017. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two young sons.