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.
The Wild Girls is without a doubt one of my favourite reads this year, and I am so pleased to be a part of the blog tour for this brilliant book.
A group of four friends, who had – in their younger years – called themselves the Wild Girls, have been estranged for the best part of two years, have planned to get together for Felicity’s birthday. Hannah, Alice and Grace are all invited to join her for a long weekend away Deception Valley Lodge in Botswana. When the invitations drop through their letter boxes, it is safe to say that they are all shocked, but equally excited.
This is the opportunity of a lifetime that they would be crazy to turn down, and it is the perfect opportunity for them all to bury the hatchet and rekindle their friendship after all of these years, and with Felicity footing the bill, there really is nothing holding them back. Each of them are far too curious about one another’s lives, and soon enough they finds themselves on a plane flying out to meet up with Felicity for the holiday of a lifetime.
Everything seems too good to be true, and soon enough things start to take a dark turn. With secrets from their pasts, fears and doubts creeping up to the surface, the wild animals are nothing compared to the games that take place between them.
This is an absolute page turner of a book. The story is told from four angles, the past and present, London and Botswana. We get to really know these characters as we see them as the women they are today, in comparison to the people they were all those years ago. At the start of the story, we don’t know the reasons behind the rift that tore this friendship group apart, and I truly enjoyed the plot unfolding as the story picks up its pace. The storyline is wonderfully structured and perfectly paced, with the tension and suspense levels heightening as the story reaches it’s conclusion.
This is without a doubt a must read for 2021. A chilling, all consuming read that has you holding your breath throughout.
About the Author
Phoebe Morgan is a bestselling 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 commercial fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings. She lives in London and you can follow her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan, Instagram @phoebeannmorgan, Facebook @PhoebeMorganAuthor or find her blog about publishing and writing at http://www.phoebemorganauthor.com. Her books have sold over 150,000 copies and been translated into 10 languages including French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish and Croatian. Her new thriller The Wild Girls will be published by William Morrow in the US. Her books are also on sale in Canada and Australia. Phoebe has also contributed short stories to Afraid of the Light, a 2020 crime writing anthology with proceeds going to the Samaritans, Noir from the Bar, a crime collection with proceeds going to the NHS, and Afraid of the Christmas Lights, with all profits going to domestic abuse charities. Her four thrillers can be read in any order:
The Doll House (2017)
The Girl Next Door (2019)
The Babysitter (2020)
The Wild Girls (coming April 2021
*Thank you to HQ Stories and Phoebe Morgan for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*