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Review: One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke

Title: One of the Girls
Author: Lucy Clarke
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction (thriller)
Pages: 432 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2024 Google Reading map): Greece, UK

SummaryIt was supposed to be the perfect weekend away. Six very different women travel to a sun-soaked Greek island for a bachelorette trip, to celebrate Lexi’s upcoming wedding. From the glorious ocean views to the quaint tavernas and whitewashed streets, the vacation seems too good to be true. But dangerous undercurrents run beneath the sunset swims and midnight cocktails – because each of the women is hiding a secret. Someone is determined to make sure that Lexi’s marriage never happens – and that one of them doesn’t leave the island alive.

Gripping, twisty, and full of sun-soaked suspense, this timely thriller examines the joys of female friendship…as well as the deadly consequences when a relationship goes wrong.

Review: This novel took me a to an outcome that I did not expect so that's a good thing. 

I like novels that alternate chapters so we get different versions of events. This one had 6 narrators who took turns propelling the story forward, each one revealing more about themselves, the relationships among the women, and about the events taking place. I liked that because the reader knows someone will die, but not who, and each character has a motive.

I did feel that the book dragged a bit in the middle, with so much detail about every little thing that transpired during the Hen party in Greece, but I only felt that way for a little while and was soon caught up in the action of Part 3 when things really started to heat up. And, the death was surprising as well as how it happened.

The setting of the book was a good one: an isolated villa in Greece, the ocean, a private beach, long-time friends, what could go wrong....?!

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Literary Escapes--Greece
  • Cloak and Dagger

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