Title: The Flower Girls
Author: Alice Clark-Platts
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing/ Raven Books
Publishing Date: 24th January 2019
My Rating: 4 stars
I’ve always loved reading thrillers particularly psychological thrillers, for they let you delve deep into the minds of the characters- their emotions, fears, and perception. Such characters have some unsettling truth and eerie conduct which makes the reader perceive more.
I finished this book three days back lying awake whole night being desperate to know the end. Such are the books I love to read, good thrillers, keeping you awake even when you’re tired.
The Flower Girls, being the label given to the two sisters Laurel and primrose aged 10 and 6, who were held responsible for beating and murdering the little girl aged two. Laurel was charged and held guilty of the child murder, even when she herself was just a ten-year-old girl where her sister Rosie wasn’t even tried as her age of six was out of the law bracket to be tried and tested.
Nineteen years later, another girl goes missing and the flower girls again came into focus. Being Laurel already in jail, the second flower girl, Primrose or Rosie with her new identity Hazel, comes under suspicion for abducting the little girl.
The plot works well, but the ending somehow came as a little shock to me. Though I guessed it, which one of the flower girls was guilty, but hadn’t expected the book to end the way it did.
Alice has written an absorbing book making all the characters evident from her fine writing. She is a former human rights lawyer who picked up the idea of child abuse. The book also brings in the discussion about the correct age of trying and testing under the law in case of a young abuser and more importantly the enough and appropriate punishment for such child murderers when they themselves are way too young.
Well, I had a great time reading this compelling book and would definitely recommend. Moreover, it’s a treat for thriller lovers.
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