One of us is a liar. One of us is a stranger. One of us is a cheater. But who could be a killer?
The six of us arrived on the beautiful, sunbaked island of Aegos to leave it all behind, our suitcases packed with flip flops and beach towels, our heads full of dreams for the perfect weekend away with friends…
On the first night, we laughed and danced under the stars. On the second night we went skinny dipping in the warm, summer sea. On the third night the wine loosened our tongues, the lies spilling and the masks starting to slip.
And on the final night it all ignited as we celebrated around the beach fire – for someone, the holiday in Greece would be their last…
What I Thought:
I’m thrilled to be closing out the blog tour for Lucy Clarke’s One of the Girls (published 26th May) today. My first experience of reading a Lucy Clarke book, was with The Blue (soon to make it to the screen), a book that was every bit as thrilling as One of the Girls.
As the novel starts, we’re already aware that someone won’t be leaving the idyllic Greek island of Aegos, but Lucy weaves the gripping story of who and why that is through the voices of our six main characters.
This group of very different women arrive on the island to enjoy Lexi’s Hen weekend, in a family villa organised by another of the party – already there is some complex history there, but does it come into play in the final act?
As the holiday nears its end, past betrayals, secrets and outright lies come to the fore and not only threaten the peace and quite of the island, but lead to murder.
Ooh! It’s very exciting!
The format of the book is excellent, as we hear from each of the women in short chapters that move the story along at a brisk pace, but also leave you guessing as to which bit of information we need to retain for later. Lucy Clarke deftly leaves clues in these chapters and in the short, introductory vignettes throughout the book and the pay off at the end is hugely rewarding.
Adding a personal note, some of these characters originate from Bournemouth – living just down the road, as I do, it’s great to have a somewhat local connection to the story – I can imagine exactly where Lucy describes in some instances so I think that always makes a book a bit more special.
Either way, this is a terrific thriller, showing a group of properly three-dimensional women, warts and all, and I’d highly recommend it.
About the Author:
Sunday Times bestseller, Lucy Clarke, is the author of seven psychological thrillers – THE SEA SISTERS, A SINGLE BREATH, THE BLUE/NO ESCAPE, LAST SEEN, YOU LET ME IN, THE CASTAWAYS, and ONE OF THE GIRLS. Her debut novel was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and her books have been sold in over 20 territories. THE BLUE is currently being filmed for a seven-part television series for ParmountPlus, due for release in 2023.
Lucy is a passionate traveller, beach hut dweller, and fresh air enthusiast. She’s married to a professional windsurfer and, together with their two children, they spend their winters travelling and their summers at home on the south coast of England. Lucy writes from a beach hut, using the inspiration from the wild south coast to craft her stories.
This post is part of a blog tour celebrating the release of One of the Girls. Check out some of the other participating bloggers below for more reviews and exclusive content.
Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.