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One of the Girls: Escape to Greece with the hottest, gripping crime thriller for 2022 from the bestselling author of The Castaways Kindle Edition
The scorching, escapist new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Castaways
‘An addictive sun-soaked thriller’ MARIE CLAIRE
‘The perfect holiday read’ CLAIRE DOUGLAS
‘Brimming with tension’ CLARE MACKINTOSH
‘Talk about twists and turns’ EMMA STONEX
‘Utterly addictive . . . her best yet’ ERIN KELLY
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’⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
From the Publisher
|One of the Girls||The Castaways||No Escape||Last Seen||You Let Me In|
|Your next escape awaits:||It's a holiday you'll never forget...||Wish you were here? Think again...||No one to trust. Nowhere to hide.||Two missing boys. Is anybody watching?||I'm in your house. I'm in your head. And now I know your secret.|
Escape to Greece with the hottest, gripping crime thriller for 2022 from the bestselling author of The Castaways--This text refers to the paperback edition.
‘Lucy Clarke goes from strength to strength; this utterly addictive, trouble-in-paradise novel is her best yet. The plot shifts like sand beneath the reader’s feet’ ERIN KELLY
‘Brimming with tension, with such perfectly drawn characters I keep wondering what they’re doing now. Lucy Clarke gets better and better’ CLARE MACKINTOSH
‘I’m breathless. Talk about twists and turns . . . This is going to blow everyone’s socks off!’ EMMA STONEX
‘I loved One Of The Girls: beautiful writing, suffused with menace, complicated female heroines, and an ending I couldn’t predict’ GILLIAN MCALLISTER
‘A masterclass in simmering tension and shocking revelations ’ ROSIE WALSH
‘A propulsive plot full of hidden undercurrents, a brilliant cast of characters and a setting so vividly described you’ll feel you’re right there on holiday with them’ T M LOGAN
'Deliciously escapist and addictive, Lucy Clarke expertly juggles the secret desires and deceptions of six fascinating women. I really couldn't stop reading’ KATE RIORDAN
‘Compelling and clever, One of the Girls is expertly plotted and atmospheric with deft characterisation’ JANE SHEMILT
‘From the first page I was transported to the intoxicating Greek island . . . This is everything the perfect escapist summer read should be: dark, delicious, and completely addictive’ CHARLOTTE PHILBY
‘An addictive sun-soaked thriller with a killer twist. Unmissable’ MARIE CLAIRE
‘Packed with secrets . . . One of the Girls is the perfect beach read!’ ALLIE REYNOLDS
‘I loved the vivid setting of the Greek island. I felt like I was there – hearing, smelling and tasting everything as the sense of unease and mystery expertly unfolded. An immersive, clever and compelling read’ KAREN HAMILTON
‘This was a delicious escape from the world, not to mention as close as I’ll get to a Greek Island for a while. I loved it!’ SALLY HEPWORTH--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B096R2HZ1B
- Publisher : HarperCollins (26 May 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 2013 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 441 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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From the accompanying blurb you could be forgiven for expecting "One of the Girls" to be a locked room style murder mystery - but it really isn't. This is far more of a suspense mystery with significant elements of women's fiction thrown into the mix.
The premise is an appealing one - if not particularly original. Six women find themselves on the fictional Greek island of Aegos - the chosen destination for the hen weekend ahead of Lexi's forthcoming wedding. Some of the group have known each other for years, while others are more recent acquaintances, but (as you might imagine) each one has secretive aspects of their personal history that will become significant as the weekend unfolds.
Events are recounted from the viewpoints of six different protagonists. So many points of view can become problematical if the author doesn't have a careful and skilled approach, as it can become confusing for the reader. I have to say that, on the whole, Lucy Clarke does a fine job of giving each character a distinct and credible voice, so it doesn't take long for the six individuals to be clearly established in the reader's mind. In addition to the accounts of these six central characters there is also an anonymous contribution, written in italics, that is interspersed at various points in the narrative.
The characterisation is impressive throughout, which is a quality I have previously identified in Lucy Clarke's writing. Against that clearly positive aspect, there were also some elements that didn't work quite as well. There are times when very little appears to be happening that contributes meaningfully to the storyline. I never felt overly frustrated by this, nor did I find myself not enjoying the reading experience - Lucy Clarke's engaging writing style ensures that doesn't happen - but I would also have to say that I didn't really have a sense of gradually developing tension either, which is to the detriment of the overall impact of the book.
It is only in the final quarter of the novel that there is a marked injection of pace into the proceedings, where a number of "big reveals" emerge. Without wanting to give too much away, I found the revelations to be great fun, but I would also have to say that they are at the "little bit difficult to swallow" end of the credibility scale.
On the whole, "One of the Girls" is another thoroughly enjoyable read from Lucy Clarke and, while I don't think it is her best or most appealing work, it is certainly worth adding to to your reading list.
No sooner had I finished reading the opening page, when we discover someone had died, I was instantly intrigued and impatiently wanting to read on to find out what had happened. Of course the answers will come but first we have to go back and follow the group of friends who have travelled to the Greek island of Aegos for a hen weekend to get to know who they all are, their relationships with one another and discover how such a celebratory weekend ended so dramatically.
The story is told over a four day period, Wednesday to Saturday, with each chapter narrated by one of the women - Lexi the bride-to-be, Bella, the maid of honour, and her girlfriend Fen, Robyn who is one of Lexi's oldest friends, Lexi's future sister-in-law Eleanor, and Ana who doesn't know any of the group other than Lexi. All of the characters had their flaws and as with any group of friends, some were more likeable than others.
The short chapter format worked perfectly to drip feed us information about each of the women and it doesn't take long to realise that there's a lot of more going on than just coming away to celebrate Lexi getting married. Several women have their own agenda and there could be trouble ahead.
Over the course of the weekend a lot is revealed but one thing's for sure, their lives will never be the same again. There was underlying tension running throughout as deeply hidden secrets are revealed that threaten to tear friendships and relationships apart. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, another red herring would be uncovered that would throw my theory out of the window. And as they say 'What happens on the hen weekend, stays on the hen weekend'...