Thursday, 8 August 2019

The July Girls by Phoebe Locke - Blog Tour Review


Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost.

Addie has a secret. On the morning of her tenth birthday, four bombs were detonated across the capital. That night her dad came home covered in blood. She thought he was hurt in the attacks - but then her sister Jessie found a missing woman's purse hidden in his room.

Jessie says they mustn't tell. She says there's nothing to worry about. But when she takes a job looking after the woman's baby daughter, Addie starts to realise that her big sister doesn't always tell her the whole story. And that the secrets they're keeping may start costing lives ...

My Review

It is hard to think of a word to describe this book other than incredible!! I absolutely loved it and couldn't stop reading. I loved the whole concept of a woman disappearing on the same date each year. It had me gripped.

Addie was an excellent narrator and I really enjoyed reading her thoughts about events that were happening. She is a bit of a troubled soul and has a lot going on. She is mainly looked after by her sister Jessie. They are very close and share a very deep bond. The girls definitely don't have a stable home life. I felt constantly throughout that Addie was so lonely, despite the close relationship with her sister. Her life follows a path that is constantly in the shadows of the deaths of the women.

I wasn't a fan of the girls dad from the first time he made an appearance in the story. He didn't do the best he could to look after his daughters, without a mother present they basically fended for themselves. Addie has other people in her young life that seemed to make her life somewhat easier. Her sisters boyfriend for instance, who I thought was an absolute delight. When The Magpie sets his sights on Addie she will need all the support she can get. 

The killer, who's nicknamed Magpie, is terrorising the women of London on one night a year. I love serial killer reads and this one was superb. It even had the segments told from the killers point of view, which if you have read my reviews before you will know that this is one of my favourite things. It gives an insight into the killers mind and motives for their actions. 

This is the type of book where it would be really easy for me to spoil the story, so I am trying to be really careful about what I say. I will say that I found the killer in this so fascinating. The twists that are given along the way give this book an extra something special. Phoebe Locke knows exactly how to build mystery and suspense and she has a written an excellent serial killer. 

I haven't read any of Phoebe Locke's work before but if The July Girls is a sign of the level of her writing I will be fixing that. She has written a book which is jam packed with twists, suspense and mystery. With characters so expertly written and an outstanding plot, The July Girls is an absolute must read. 

About The Author



Phoebe Locke is the pseudonym of full-time writer Nicci Cloke. She previously worked at the Faber Academy, and hosted London literary salon Speakeasy. Nicci has had two literary novels published by Fourth Estate and Cape, and also writes YA for Hot Key Books. She lives and writes in Cambridgeshire. THE JULY GIRLS follows Phoebe Locke's debut thriller THE TALL MAN.


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