Book Review: One Of The Girls by Lucy Clarke

“ONE IS A LIAR.
ONE IS A STRANGER.
ONE IS A CHEATER.
WHO IS A KILLER?”

Set to be released on 26th May, One Of The Girls by Lucy Clarke follows a group of six friends who arrive on a beautiful Greek island, dreaming of sun-drenched beaches and blood orange sunsets, ready to lose themselves in the wild freedom of a weekend away with friends. On the first night, they swam under a blanket of stars. On the second night, the games began on our clifftop terrace. On the third night, the idyll cracked. And by the final night, there was a body on the rocks below…

Rating:

Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

An intense and twisty slow-burning thriller, One Of The Girls is a character-driven and emotion-fuelled story full of drama, with a conclusion that I did not see coming!

I struggle to get into books that are based around a group of female friends who have no right to be friends anymore, so it did take me a while to get into this book. It’s obvious that everybody is hiding something or holding back some truth and there is so much uncomfortable tension between this group that I was desperate for their secrets to start spilling.

But stories about conflicting personalities, long-buried resentments and past betrayals always rely on how everything comes together. And wow, this one ends with an explosion.

I had my guesses about who would cause up the most trouble and I had my hopes that one character would be killed off (Sorry, Bella!), but nothing I predicted came close to how this story actually came undone.

And while I’ve read a few books with “explosive endings” recently, they didn’t work at all because their ending felt so detached from the build-up. But this is how you write a shocking finale with an unexpected twist in the right way, as everything finally made sense!

Although the friendships themselves are verging on breaking, I enjoyed the kinder moments between new friends, the acceptance of grief, the excitement of a first-time mum getting away from it all and remembering who she used to be before all the nappy changing and snot wiping. And that’s because Clarke creates each character with great depth, giving them all two sides to their personalities.

I expected to enjoy this one after loving Clarke’s previous book, but she really took me by surprise with this one and I had such a fun time with it.

Details:

One Of The Girls by Lucy Clarke
Release Date: 26th May 2022
Print Length: 448 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Harper Collins

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