Thank you for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be one of the bloggers taking part in the blog tour for The July Girls by Phoebe Locke and sharing my review today. With thanks to Anne Cater for the invite to join the tour and to Headline for my lovely copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
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…
I’m not really sure where to start other than by saying that this was a book that once I picked it up I didn’t want to put it down. Everything worked so well from the characters to the very intriguing story then add in the mystery surrounding the murders and I was hooked. Addie is such a wonderful main character and I easily became lost in her story. On the night Addie turns 10 years old she sees her father arrive home covered in blood. This in turn sets off a chain of events that continue to haunt Addie. On every page I felt as if I was right there with her as she tries to discover the truth and uncover all the little secrets that surround her family. I felt that I was given the time to get to know Addie and how she coped in what I can only describe as a pretty dysfunctional family. All the while having this addition of a killer lurking just out of reach, I thought that the two threads complimented each other brilliantly. There was a heart to this story and it was definitely Addie that made it this way!
The July Girls has this unsettling feeling that starts little by little and then just builds especially the more we get to know the characters. You also have the very creepy snippets from an unknown voice that brings an extra menace and tension to the story. Even though Addie is the star of this book the minor characters all bring something worthwhile too which makes the story richer and more meaningful. From Addie’s interactions with her sister and father to all the other people who pop in and out of her life. The reader is taken through certain real-life events as the years pass and it all helped to add an extra depth to the story. The way Phoebe Locke wrote this book made it so much more than a thriller there is a drama filled side to it along with twisty moments that made me turn those pages as fast as I could.
The July Girls has such an engaging plot, full of secrets and tension that you never know quite when it will all snap!
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. Find Phoebe on Twitter on @phoebe_locke