A harrowing story about crime, grief and punishment, The Flower Girls is a fast paced and twisty read that is bound to make you uncomfortable.
The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts
Genres: Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Published: 24th January, 2019
I absolutely love a good psychological thriller, and it seems when I’m not freaking myself out with stories about terrible marriages, I’m hanging out with murderous children.
The Flower Girls is a totally in-your-face suspense, with a chilling premise: two little girls murdered a toddler nearly twenty years ago, and while one of them is still behind bars, the other one is living her life, free as a bird, under a knew identity, barely even remembering the crime that had been committed.
Joanna, the murdered toddler’s aunt is still campaigning for longer sentences, and through her story the author examines the effects of grief and the inability of letting go. Is it really the best thing to hold onto that all consuming anger? Is it possible to rehabilitate children who committed serious crimes?
Hazel (a.k.a. Rosie) is seemingly free and can live as she pleases, but when a child goes missing in the hotel she stays with her boyfriend, it still sucks to be her. She does whine a lot about this, to the point where I couldn’t even feel sorry for her anymore, but as the police search getting more desperate, another problem pops up. An author recognizes her and comes up with the brilliant idea to write a book about Hazel, so she can tell her side of the story, and free herself from all past guilt. Also there will be money… lots of money.
There’s the obligatory debate about nature vs. nurture, and of course we can’t have a story like this without someone posing the question whether it’s possible that some children are born evil. Well… Through disturbing flashbacks you will get all the details of what took place in 1997, so you can decide it for yourself. I personally came to the conclusion that I don’t know anything about anything anymore, people suck, and I just want to hang out with the cat.
Although The Flower girls is a brilliantly written, twisted and thought provoking thriller, there is such thing as one too many plot twist, so while I thoroughly enjoyed the ride, it ended with a tiny eyeroll for me.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley, but all opinions are my own.