Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost.
Addie has a secret. On the morning of her tenth birthday, four bombs were detonated across the capital. That night her dad came home covered in blood. She thought he was hurt in the attacks – but then her sister Jessie found a missing woman’s purse hidden in his room.
Jessie says they mustn’t tell. She says there’s nothing to worry about. But when she takes a job looking after the woman’s baby daughter, Addie starts to realise that her big sister doesn’t always tell her the whole story. And that the secrets they’re keeping may start costing lives . .
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I absolutely loved The Tall Man so I was very excited to have a chance to read more from this author. The July Girls is another fantastic, atmospheric and gripping read that was almost impossible to put down.
Firstly I loved that the author set this at the start of the 21st Century and all the terrible things that happened in London around that time. These are events that I clearly remember and I felt this set the atmosphere nicely as it describes an unsettled London where you felt anything could happen.
Addie is a fantastic main character and a great narrator for the book. The fact that she’s only ten years old adds a slight edge to the story as we see everything through her eyes. I found I felt quite protective of her from the start and wanted to keep reading to make sure she was ok. The first part of the book could almost be described as ‘coming of age’ as Addie learns a few hard truths about the world and that not everyone will tell the truth. Her relationship with her sister was great to read about and I enjoyed reading about their close, caring relationship. Addie has had a bit of a neglected childhood by all accounts and so it was great to see her being cared for.
I thought this was a well paced, gripping book with lots happening to keep the reader’s interest. There are lots of twists to the story that kept me firmly on my toes as I tried to guess what was happening and whether Addie’s theories are right. This book is very well written and I felt I could felt I could feel Addie’s and London’s anxiety and fear which helped create a very atmospheric read. I flew through this book whilst on holiday and think it will be a great summer read to enjoy in the sun this summer.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Headline for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Phoebe Locke is a full-time writer, part-time doer of odd jobs. These jobs have included Christmas Elf, cocktail waitress, and childminder. Her first novel (written as Nicci Cloke), Someday Find Me, was published in 2012 and her second, Lay Me Down, in 2015. She has also written three novels for young adults: Follow Me Back (2016), Close Your Eyes (2017) and Toxic (2018).
She lives and writes in Cambridgeshire, and her debut psychological thriller is The Tall Man.