Happy publication day to @aliceclarkplattsauthor
I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of this book via Netgalley, and wow, talk about ‘ripped from the headlines’....
The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.
One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.
Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.
And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…
: This novel spoke to the true crime fan in me, so if believability is something you seek in your psychological thrillers, you won’t go wrong with this one.
Clark-Platts is a former human rights lawyer, and I think her knowledge in the field was evident in this novel, it played a role in how she crafted the legal elements, but also the personal and emotional reactions of the characters. There were some very human emotions on display here, and this transcended off the page to the point where you, the reader, start asking questions… Is nineteen years long enough, should Laurel be given parole? You find yourself analysing a person’s capacity to change, trying to decide if your actions at 10 years old should determine the rest of your life. In equal measure, you wonder how a family moves past the death of a child, can they? What does it take to heal and move forward with your life? All this and more is explored within this novel, wrapped up in a thrilling mystery.
As this plot plays out, there are continued references to real life cases; these give the novel a chilling edge if you’re familiar with the cases mentioned, if you remember when you first heard about these tragic incidences and how they made you feel. These references make the novel all the more hard-hitting, darker in nature.
The Flower Girls gives you a 360-degree view of all that occurs, you really feel invested in the plot, privy to the thoughts of the main characters, you have total belief in what you’re reading. Not only through the well-crafted plot, but through the fluid writing-style, this was a really gripping read. Highly recommended!