I don’t know about you, but whenever Bookouture announces a new thriller I find myself mentally throwing all of my books off my shelf to make room for whatever they are publishing. Bad Little Girl, a title releasing TODAY, by Frances Vick was a pick for #cjsreads.
Keep reading for a synopsis and to find out what we all thought of this book!
Synopsis from Goodreads
‘I’m not safe – you have to help me…’
Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.
As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe. Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled?
Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?
An utterly unputdownable and darkly compelling read that will have fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister, and Gone Girl absolutely hooked.
WHAT CHANDRA THOUGHT
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Bad Little Girl, the newest Bookouture suspense by Frances Vick, was unputdownable. I don’t often agree with books that align themselves with Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, but for this book, I’d have to make an exception. From the unreliable characters to the fast-paced plot, this one had my eyes glued to the pages. Bad Little Girl was undeniably addicting.
From the first pages, I felt a connection to the protagonist, Claire. Vick does an amazing job at making her extremely relatable. As a teacher, I was able to understand Claire’s plight. As she continuously tries to do the right thing for Lorna, tensions rose and I found myself filled with anxiety and anger. I felt Claire’s desperation and watched the story unfold in horror. I don’t want to give away any of the plot, but trust me, there are a few characters in this story that you will love to hate.
My only complaint and it was a small complaint, was that the passing of time was not always clearly noted throughout the chapters. There were sometimes some significant jumps in time that I found hard to follow.
Overall, I’d have to give this one a 5/5 stars based on the entertainment value alone. Looks like another home run for Bookouture.
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