Title: The Wild Girls
Author: Phoebe Morgan/ Narrated by Stephanie Racine, Polly Baron, Silvia Presente & Olivia Dowd
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 3.81
A LUXURY RETREAT.
IT’S GOING TO BE MURDER.
The new gripping crime thriller from No.1 digital bestselling author of The Doll House, The Girl Next Door, and The Babysitter.
It’s been years since Grace, Felicity, Alice and Hannah were together – The Wild Girls, as they were once called, are no longer so wild. Alice has settled with a new baby and partner. Hannah is now a teacher. Grace has gone to ground. Only Felicity seems to have the same spark she once had.
And now Felicity has invited them all on the weekend of a lifetime – a mini-break in Botswana to celebrate her birthday, a chance to put that night two years ago behind them, when things went so very wrong between them, and their bomb-proof friendship was shattered for ever.
But on arriving at the luxury safari lodge, a feeling of unease settles on Grace, Hannah and Alice. Felicity isn’t there to meet them. There’s no sign of the party she promised. The awful phone signal means that they are on their own, in the wild…
It’s a weekend with a difference. But who is hunting who?
I’d like to thank NetGalley and HQ for approving me for an ARC of this book.
The story starts when Grace, Hannah and Alice are invited to celebrate their friend Felicity’s 30th birthday party. It’s an all expenses paid trip to Botswana and despite not seeing or speaking to each other for two years they all decide to go. I guess in their mind they are thinking this could be a chance to fix their friendship and resolve what caused them to split apart.
The story alternates between the four friends POV and initially the story focuses entirely on the trip to Botswana. Later in the story we flick back to two years previous, where we learn what happened between the women.
I really enjoyed the writing style and the way the author switched between the four women’s narratives. Each time I was left wondering what each storyteller was hiding. They all clearly had regrets and I desperately wanted to know their secrets. Of all the women I liked Grace the most. She seemed to be the most honest of them both and whilst she worried a lot I think she had the best survival instincts of them all.
As the scenes play out in Botswana it is clear that something isn’t right. What unfolds is a nightmare and at time I found it utterly terrifying. Without giving too much away there are a few shocking revelations that I hadn’t expected. The ending left me with chills!