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Monday, August 10, 2015

Book Review and Preview: The Wrong Girl By Laura Wilson

This is a book review and sneak preview of The Wrong Girl by Laura Wilson that is due to be published by Hachette Australia on 29 September 2015.

Laura Wilson is a British author who lives in London. She is currently working on her thirteenth novel and writes crime and mysteries, she is also a crime fiction reviewer for the Guardian newspaper and teaches a crime thriller novel creative writing course.

Molly a 10 year old girl starts to think she is Phoebe, a 3 year old girl who went missing on a family holiday 7 years before. Molly has a mum who drinks, is out a lot and doesn't spend much time with her. For reasons I never quite understood Molly thinks that she is Phoebe the missing girl and wants to be reunited with parents who will love her and spend time with her. Then suddenly Molly goes missing as well.

Janice the main character in the book gives up her baby Suzie for adoption when she was young and doesn't hear from her until Janice's brother Dan dies and Suzie and her daughter Molly, Janice's grand daughter, have been staying with Dan in what was once Janice's family home in a small English village.

Janice was a free loving hippy in her day and is now a single lonely middle aged woman, finally reunited with her birth daughter and grand daughter, but having to face the sad passing of her brother. There was a lot of reminiscing about Janice and Dan's youth, a famous band and other village misfits to keep the plot entertaining.

The writing was great and I liked that it was fast paced, many twists and turns and a lot of mystery and thought provoking to the story. But I also found the main story line a bit confusing at times, there were so many multi layers of things happening that it was hard to keep up and understand what was going on.

I recommend this book to fans of family drama with a mystery thriller mixed in.

I give this book 3 stars out of  5

Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch paint dry than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd pass up a bottle of the worlds best champagne for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

The Wrong Girl can be purchased direct from the author here or Hachette Australia

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Disclosure:  NetGalley partner with bloggers such as me to help promote authors and their books and I was given this ebook published by Hatchette Australia to review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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