My thanks to Sian Baldwin of Harper HQ, for asking me to join this Blog blast for Phoebe Morgan‘s fourth book – The Wild Girls – out today – 15/4/2021, published by HQ.
A LUXURY RETREAT.
IT’S GOING TO BE MURDER.
In a luxury lodge on Botswana’s sun-soaked plains, four friends reunite for a birthday celebration…
THE BIRTHDAY GIRL
Has it all, but chose love over her friends…
Feels the walls of her flat and classroom closing in…
Loves her baby, but desperately needs a break…
Yearns for adventure after suffering for too long…
Arriving at the safari lodge, a feeling of unease settles over them. There’s no sign of the party that was promised. There’s no phone signal. They’re alone, in the wild.
THE HUNT IS ON.
Our Author – Phoebe Morgan
Phoebe is an author and editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She has previously worked as a journalist and now edits crime and women’s fiction for a publishing house during the day, recommend writes her won books in the evenings. She lives in London. Her Debut novel, The Doll House was a #1 ebook bestseller. The Girl Next Door is her second psychological thriller, The Wild Girls is out now and whilst writing she’s also managed to edit two books of short stories, Afraid of the Light and Afraid of the Christmas Lights: An Anthology of Crime Stories – both of which were published during lock down and all profits went to charities, a new ones under way. I have read both and both are perfect for those struggling to concentrate or commutes, and full of published and new debut authors.
My Review – The Wild Girls
Once the best of friends, Hannah, Alice, Grace and Felicity grew up together, inseparable until something changed all that. It’s Felicity’s 30th Birthday and she’s going all out, all expenses paid to get the girls back together. On safari, in Botswana. Their lives have all changed, their careers, their lifestyles and geography have kept them apart, plus theres some kind of simmering back story that keeps dropping hints of what happened, and why they haven’t made the time to get together since, but even with trepidation and nerves, theres excitement and its that that propels them, they are all prepared to overcome any fears and enjoy their time together.
They pack their cases and Hannah, Alice and Grace head off to the airport, Felicity has flown out already and is sending photos of cocktails with the beautiful African sunset as the back drop via WhatsApp to them as they take off. What were they worried about, everything is going to be just fine.
Or is it…….
Upon arrival the girls get collected and dropped off at Deception Valley Lodges, to find that Felicity isn’t feeling well and will see them first thing, to make them selves at home and enjoy the facilities. Plunge pools and catering, fizz and relaxation – the girls take full advantage.
The next morning, all with slightly tired and hung over heads the girls meet to go out on Safari, but Felicity is still a no show and the safari trip never happens, alarm bells start ringing and pretty soon it becomes clear that this isn’t the idyllic place to be, cut off from near civilisation without any form of contact. Panic sets in and so do warring words, the girls argue and tensions arise. Whats the best plan now?
Quite simply a truly thrilling read, the sun downers and scenery, arguably make it the perfect destination, who wouldn’t want to be in Africa holidaying right now? Brilliantly written characters and super twisted plot. That dips from present day to past history with the girls and their families. That helps create a picture of their current lives. Phoebe always manages to create the right atmosphere, dark and brooding with the added touch of tension. A great read, a book for many readers to enjoy.
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