She moves back to her hometown and accepts work there. Her loving and protective husband is concerned with her obsession with the past. At this point, she treats her husband unfairly. He cannot move with her because of work commitments. One is an elderly woman, Sylvia, with infirmities common to her age. She does Tarot card readings for free and lives in impoverished and ramshackle conditions. Mother and daughter do not get along. Sylvia becomes like a mother figure to Krista.
Are either woman possessed with true supernatural gifts, or are they fakes? Who can she believe in her quest for answers about the past and what happened to Lisa? Can she trust her husband who has been hiding a secret? Krista soon finds herself in mortal danger. The truth and outcome are far from predictable. Apr 10, Stina rated it it was ok Shelves: , frances-vick , british-thrillers , net-galley , british.
I wouldn't say I was enjoying it - more waiting for it to get better - till about halfway through when it it just went on a completely different tangent and simply lost the plot. I struggled with the second half with such an unbelievable ending. I was really disappointed because I had high expectations for this book, based on its synopsis. I didn't hate the book but I didn't love it either. I was just simply disappointed. It could have been so much better. Beginning in , Kirsty and Lisa are best friends and are inseparable.
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But with Lisa's penchant for exaggeration, her stories are so far-fetched - particularly the one where she was engaged to their lodger, Tokki, and was going away with him to become a princess - makes it difficult for Kirsty to know what is real and what isn't. She has learned to believe very little of what Lisa says but whenever she has tried to confront her about them it only leads to crying and temper tantrums. Then one day, Lisa admits that her and Tokki are not together, never have been, and that it was all in her head. Kirsty, frustrated at Lisa's constant and blatant lies, is hurt and confused and doesn't know what to believe any more.
The girls have a row Two days later, Lisa's mum rings Kirsty's in a panic. Has Kirsty seen Lisa? She never came home from school, disappearing without a trace. Kirsty is shocked, unable to believe it is really happening. Maybe it's one of Lisa's games and she expects Lisa will be at school the next day.
But she isn't. Or the next. Then when Kirsty's name is linked with Lisa's disappearance, the police subject Kirsty to lengthy questioning, coercing her into giving the answers they want. After the constant badgering, Kirsty becomes confused with what she really remembers and agrees that she saw Tokki at the park where she left Lisa. When Tokki is arrested, not understanding English and without an interpreter, he confesses - belieiving he is confessing to an expired student visa, not murder.
Thirty years later, Kirsty has moved to London and is married to Lee. But the lies she told when questioned by the police haunt her - as does Lisa's disappearance. The fact that her body has never been found only compounds those memories with constant nightmares, with Kirsty unable to know what was real and what wasn't. When Lisa's younger sister Vic who was just a 3 year old at the time of Lisa's disappearance falls pregnant and needs bedrest, she suddenly decides she needs her big sister to move in with her. Then after baby Milo is born, Vic presses Kirsty to stay to help her adjust. But being so close to her hometown stirs up old memories again, and Kirsty decides to find out what really happened to Lisa all those years ago.
She takes a flat and gets a job at a local hospital with the intention of Lee moving up from London when he has finished his jobs and they buy a house. But Lee is apprehensive, suddenly not as supportive as he always has been. Vic, on the other hand, decides she doesn't need Kirsty as much now with her mother and baby group and her new found interest in Angela Bright, the renowned psychic. And this is where the story just goes downhill.
Becoming embroiled with two psychics - Angela and her elderly mother Sylvia - Kirsty soon discovers things aren't as they seem. Mother and daughter don't get along. Sylvia lives in an old ramshackle house in impoverished conditions. But Kirsty is drawn to the kindly old Sylvia and sees a kind of mother figure in her. When Sylvia offers to read her cards, the results leave Kirsty questioning who she can trust.
Who can she believe?
Can she find out what really happened to Lisa? And can she trust her husband after discovering he has been hiding a secret? Although Kirsty and Lisa were best friends I can't imagine why. Lisa was horrible, prone to exaggeration and a blatant liar. But to be fair, they were only 10 years old and at that age, they do have the propensity to be fanaticists and live in a world of make believe.
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But Lisa was also bossy and controlling, even at her young age, often going off in a huff or throwing a tantrum when Kirsty challenged her. I honestly didn't like Lisa as I could see so much of the bully in her that I was subjected to at that same age and into my teens.
Kirsty's sister Vic I much preferred when she was "baby Vicky". She seemed to be as demanding as Lisa was and incredibly shallow. The whole world just had to revolve around Vic and if it didn't, she moved on to where it did. Angela wasn't very likable whilst her mother Sylvia was. Lee started off supportive as Kirsty's strength and then seemed to become more secretive. And Kirsty? I couldn't make up my mind about her. In the end, the book just seemed to drone on to a ridiculous ending. I was very disappointed as this had the potential to be a fantastic and intriguing thriller.
I found I had to force myself to keep going - and if a book does that to me, it's not really worth the time. However, having said that, this is my first book by Frances Vick and it won't stop me from trying another of her books View all 3 comments. Apr 16, Els rated it it was amazing.
My first book by this author and as I said before it always add a little bit of extra suspense because you have no idea what kind of style she has. The book starts with a crime that is solved pretty fast. Good police work, right? Well … And then suddenly the story makes a curve and you keep wondering where it is going to lead.
Little by little you come closer to the revelation of the plot. It certainly is Y! If you feel a bit lost in the middle, do not panic. It all happens for a reason and will be worth it in the end. The middle part only want to make you keep on reading because you want to know what the connection is. I learned a lesson here : looks can be deceptive, very deceptive. A very good book. Thank you, Frances Vick, Bookouture and Netgalley. Mar 28, peggy rated it it was amazing Shelves: crime-thriller , netgalley , domestic-noir. It is and best friends forever Kirsty and Lisa have an argument in the park.
Kirsty walks home and Lisa is never seen again. The laws have now changed when interviewing minors and others of different ethnic groups, thank God. Back then miscarriages of justice were a lot higher than they are now. I read this book in one sitting, I really could not put it down. So many secrets, lies and so much guilt. Oh did I mention a really evil person. This book was not what I was expec It is and best friends forever Kirsty and Lisa have an argument in the park.
This book was not what I was expecting and I mean that in a good way. This book had me tapping my kindle faster and faster and I honestly had no idea who the perpetrator was. When they were revealed I was speechless. This is a real page turner and and a little gem of a read, I will definitely be reading more of this authors work. So highly recommended and an easy five stars. I would like to thank the author, Bookouture and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review. Thanks to Bookouture for the ARC! Wow, this book was such a great surprise for me!
I honestly wasn't expecting to enjoy it this much, since crime stories aren't exactly my favorites. But damnnn, this author is good! When Lisa Cook disappears without any explanation, her best friend, Kirsty, is interrogated by the police to help them unravel the mystery. The problem is, she doesn't have all the answers. Lisa was a good liar. She was always making up stories to make her life seem more interesting.
For that reason, she didn't have many friends. She said she was dating one of her lodgers, a prince named Tokki. His friend, Mohammed, was still available to date Kirsty. She said they could all live together in Oman, doing anything they wanted to. They'd be rich and powerful. Kirsty never believed these stories, but she found Lisa's friendship with the guys very strange. One day, Lisa finally admitted that they never dated, it was all only in her head. The girls had a fight. And then Lisa went missing. Kirsty was shocked and traumatized, but she had to answer many questions to help the police.
She wanted her friend back. She was only a child, with lots of fears. Without any kind of protection during their sessions, she was coerced to say that the lodgers were guilty, because she had seen them in the park that day. That was not true. And she knew. But Tokki confessed the crime, and he was arrested. The fact that they had never found the girl's body only increased her suspicions that things still weren't over. The truth isn't just shocking for Kirsty, but for the reader as well. It's the first book I read from this author and I really enjoyed her work.
I thought she was able to blend the children's innocence with the disturbed minds of the adults around them in a balanced way. It's also a great criticism of the investigation system, which often puts a person who's not emotionally prepared to testify about a fact, without being able to really analyze the situation. Mar 25, Donna Hines rated it liked it Shelves: arc , netgalley. It's never truly ever over is it? Just ask Kirsty who has placed the killer behind bars from ten yr old Lisa's murder. But what if she has the wrong person behind bars?hyfivexajaso.ga/map.php
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With twist and turns along the way this is sure to captivate readers of all ages. Loved it! I really enjoyed this book and am filled with somewhat mixed emotions on it. The middle of this book plateaued for me and in losing that momentum, it made it difficult for me to delve into it every waking second.
I am not implying it was a bad read in the middle by any means. I just found it slow moving. The writing was wonderful and there were some twists and turns that were worthy of a good jaw drop. The book did eventually pick up its I really enjoyed this book and am filled with somewhat mixed emotions on it. The book did eventually pick up its momentum again and the ending was delivered with a pretty hand clapping good worthy twist.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author for my opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review. I wish our star rating system had half stars. I really believe this book is somewhere between a 3. I would go 3. This is a well written gripping and pacey crime thriller with well laid and engaging characters. Two girls one goes missing and the other driven by fear she may have testified against an innocent man decides to uncover the truth Un aware that certain truths better remain unknown.
Mar 25, Anna Kaling rated it it was ok Shelves: thriller. Back then, the police investigation was bungled and Kirsty was pressured into giving evidence that put a man behind bars. Suspicions soon arise that the wrong man was found guilty and the true killer is still at large, but with no further evidence, the case lays dormant. Until, twenty years later, Kirsty is drawn back to the town where it all happened and begins to seek out the real truth.
I loved the premise of Two Little Girls and the first half had me gripped. The friendship between the two young girls was very well written children's POVs often seem unrealistic and cringy to me, but the author did a great job , the dodgy police work was depressingly convincing, and my heart went out to pretty much everyone, including the wrongfully-convicted 'murderer.
I can say that Kirsty didn't seem at all troubled with the idea that she had put an innocent man behind bars, and her motivation was a little cloudy - she didn't burn to know the truth, she just sort of In general she was very passive and meek, not the type of character to drive a mystery or a thriller. The big twist was half predictable and half meh; I guessed pretty early on who the true killer would be, but the details of how it all happened wasn't very exciting.
The denouement was pretty clumsy - lots of talking and bald explanation - and truthfully I was quite bored by it. It was crystal clear, from the first few chapters, what Kirsty had really seen and what she only SAID she saw in response to the police steering her. It would've been a much more layered and powerful novel if the author had played with uncertainty and left us - and Kirsty - in constant doubt of what was true and what was a lie.
Overall, I think Two Little Girls has a great premise and a great first half but suffered from a lack of tension in that second half. There was no urgency to solve the mystery and get the innocent man released, no convincing threat to Kirsty, no reason that she had to find the truth beyond curiosity. I wanted more of a driving force behind the plot. I have been a fan of this author since her debut book "Bad Little Girl. Kirsty and Lisa Lisa goes missing. Kirsty helps the police by telling them what they want to hear and possibly putting an innocent boy in prison.
Goes to show how police can coerce people into making false statements! Kirsty being a child and not represented by her mother was easily confused and influenced! Thirty years later, certain developments make Kirsty wonder what really happened to her best fri I have been a fan of this author since her debut book "Bad Little Girl. Thirty years later, certain developments make Kirsty wonder what really happened to her best friend all those years ago and decides she needs to find out the truth. But certain people would rather the truth stay buried This was a quick and easy read that had me turning the pages.
I can't wait to see what this author comes up with next! A big thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book! Apr 28, Pat Simpson rated it really liked it. This was the first book I had read by Frances Vick and I really enjoyed it. The book opens with the introduction of two young girls, best friends Kirsty and Lisa. In Lisa disappears from a local park and she is found murdered.
Kirsty, who was with Lisa, had an argument and left her there. She was the last person to see her alive and on her evidence a man is charged. I did find this book slow at times but pleased I persevered. An enjoyable read. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
Apr 19, Marianne rated it liked it. This started out pretty good and then stalled for a while. It was an interesting premise and the characters and writing were quite good. That Lisa was something else! Then it gets strange, this story. Did I expect it? Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Bookouture for a copy in exchange for a review. I read this book just before I got the revised edition through but will review as if the words had been changed in my copy.
An interesting concept and fairly realistic that a ten year old would go along more with a suggestion of what she saw than the truth of what she saw but then when she grew up I would have expected more remorse from her. I found the book a bit repetitive and not very gripping. Mar 12, Dawn rated it really liked it. Kirsty and her best friend, Lisa, want to grow up and live next door to each other, name their kids after each other and be friends forever until Lisa disappears.
This was a good read and the ending was not what I expected. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review. I dnf'd Two Little Girls. The book was rambly and hard to follow. I was not able to connect with the characters. The writing left me confused. I often had to re read passages because the wording did not flow easily.
TTS Listen. Not Good. Foul Language. Demonic Content. Two Little Girls is a psychological thriller that focuses on the disappearance of a little girl in , and how her best friend is dealing with the aftermath in the present. The story was well thought out with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing, however, there were a few points in the book in which I had to make myself continue reading.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Apr 14, Connie Fischer rated it it was amazing.
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So, they make the girls promise they will avoid certain areas on the way home. As always the daring one, Lisa insists they walk in these areas simply to thwart authority as she always does with her mother, Denise. They are fro Lisa and Kirsty live next door to one another and are best friends. They are from Oman who say they are princes and that they want to marry the girls.
Not truly believing her, Kirsty is shocked when two grubby looking men show up at a school function and Lisa introduces them to Kirsty. Kirsty is disgusted by them. One day when they are walking home, they get into another argument and Kirsty runs home. The police question Kirsty alone in a room twisting her words to make them what they want to hear.
Soon, one of the Oman men is arrested for her disappearance but refuses to say where Lisa is. Years later, Kirsty is a social worker and married to Lee. Vic is married to a wealthy man who is able to give her everything she wants. However, Kirsty and Lee struggle to make enough money. She meets two psychics that Vic had brought in to cleanse her new home. What happened to Lisa? Will anyone ever know? There is early some racial profanity in this book but I was not offended by it because I think the author simply expressed what people in that class would say.
A well written, but gritty and dark story that will make readers cringe, however, the author threw in a bit of humor here and there to lighten things up a bit. Sometimes it just seemed crass but as I really got further into it, I realized that the author has written a truly stunning thriller unlike others.
Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Mar 23, Amber rated it liked it. March Ten-year-old Lisa Cook disappears without a trace, and the last known person to see her alive is her Best Friend Forever, Kirsty Cooper. Police tell Kirsty that two girls have come forward stating they saw Tokki in the park that night around the time Lisa disappeared, and that they were sure that Kirsty would have seen him too before she left Lisa alone. After all, she was only ten, and if two older girls had seen him, then surely he had been there.
It quickly becomes evident to the reader that Lee knows more than he lets Kirsty know. But what that is, is unclear. Where are you, my Champion? Nothing and no one answered her, not even the echo of her own voice. She was alone. A mere mote of sentience in a polychromatic nightmare. She no longer felt any pain—she no longer felt anything. Her skin was neither hot nor cold—it was as though whatever surrounded her maintained the same temperature as her body. Even the air enwrapped her in stillness…no breeze…nothing. Was it a reference to breaking the Ayn Loug? Or did it have a more sinister meaning?
She drifted through the orgy of hues, the mad finger painting of Owraythu and Mirkur on the satin black canvas of the place in which they incarcerated her. Her eyelids drooped to half-cover her eyes, and her eyes unfocused. Her mind ran down, thoughts coming slower and slower until she drifted in a fugue of non-thought, of nothingness in stark contrast to the chaos of exploding colors she drowned in. Time lost all meaning. One moment was indistinguishable from the next.
Nothing happened, nothing marked the passage of time—no sun arcing through the sky, no pitter-patter of animal life, no people, no weather, no sounds of sea or wind or war. She could breathe, but she could not speak. Half the space around Hel dimmed as if someone had turned down the rheostat governing the saturation of the colors swirling around her. The colors leached out of the nothingness encircling her, and Hel understood the true meaning of nothingness. She tried to turn so that all she saw was the psychotic symphony of shades, but the umbral midnight murk moved with her.
Either that, or the sensation of moving was hallucinatory, and she hung motionless instead of twisting like a fish on a line. She will either assimilate, or she will suffer in this crucible of torment this one has created. Hel wanted to say she would listen, she tried to nod, to kneel, to do anything, but Owraythu denied her all forms of communication. She hung, speechless, motionless, expressionless.
The darkness seemed to pulse with the arrant lack of light, or perhaps it breathed. Owraythu said nothing, but the paroxysmal bursts of color shouted her pique at being interrupted. Leave the chore with this one. The task will consummate in success, or the task shall continue without end, without pause. Like called to like, after all.
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