Published by Raven Books on January 24, 2019
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
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YOU'LL NEVER FORGET THE FLOWER GIRLS
The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.
One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.
Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.
And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again...
Twenty Years ago, Laurel and Primrose, only children themselves, kidnap and torture a young child in the woods. The media has labeled them as The Flower Girls, but only Laurel is sent to jail as Primrose is only six years old and can’t be held legally responsible. Fast Forward almost twenty years and Primrose now goes by the name Hazel Archer. Hazel, along with her boyfriend Jonny and his teenage daughter Evie, are away celebrating New Years Eve when a small child goes missing at the hotel they are staying at. Hazel’s past becomes exposed and she finds herself back in the media spotlight. Hazel has always professed her innocence, but another missing child is too much of a coincidence. Is Hazel as innocent as she appears to be?
I love a good thriller I can really sink my teeth into. One that will keep me guessing through the many twists and turns. The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts is so much that and more. I found myself engrossed in this heartbreaking story. No one ever wants to think of children as killers, but it does happen and there have been many cases of children who kill. The Flower Girls really hits home on nature versus nurture especially when it comes to Laurel and Primrose. Who is to blame? The parents? Are some kids just born evil? Even today we still don’t know the answers to these questions.
Hazel just wants to live a normal life, have a normal relationship, and be out of the public eye. She does not remember what happened that day almost twenty years ago and since then has had no contact with her sister, Laurel, who is presently housed in a prison cell. But, when a new child goes missing and Hazel is thrust back into the spotlight it brings her face to face with her past especially when journalist Max Saunders wants to sensationalize her story. Hazel is so interesting to me and Alice Clark-Platts really created a well fleshed out character wherein parts made me want to believe her story and yet not believe her as well. I kept going back and forth hoping there was more to her story.
Laurel, now institutionalized for almost twenty years has become hardened. Her family wrote her off and disappeared under a new name. She has no one but her uncle Toby who is also her solicitor. Toby is tirelessly working hard on Laurel’s parole hearing, but Joanna Denton, aunt to the little girl killed long ago is a huge obstacle and will not accept Laurel ever getting parole. Joanna believes Laurel can never be rehabilitated and should live the rest of her life in prison where she belongs.
The Flower girls really takes an indepth look at families who have lost a loved one to a crime and how they would feel about the perpetrator. I think this part of the story was really done so well. Like Joanna, I think it would be very hard for me to let it go. I would want the maximum under the law and quite frankly, I would hope they would never get released.
Alice Clark-Platts really took a gamble with the ending of this story and I have to say it was quite a mindf*ck for me. No matter how many scenarios and twists within this story, I have to say I was very very shocked. I kept going back and forth with the shocking ending and the longer I thought about it I realized the ending couldn’t have been any more perfect.
If you are a huge fan of thrillers that will blow your mind away, then you definitely will want to pick up a copy of The Flower Girls. A Definite recommended read.
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