I am delighted to be sharing the new cover for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts and be part of the celebrations for the publication of the paperback edition.
The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.
One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.
Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.
And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The opening chapters in this book are enough to make any mother break out in a cold sweat. The first chapter way back in 1997 is when two sisters Laurel 10 and Primrose/Rosie 6 entice a toddler from the park down an old canal path where the little girl would be found brutally murdered later in the day. In court, the sisters were dubbed The Flower Girls. Laurel stood trial for murder while her sister and mum and dad were given new identities and moved far away. Rosie was deemed to be too young to stand trial for murder.
Nineteen years later Laurel is facing another chance, or lack of it, for parole which is strongly objected to by the toddler’s family. While Rosie, now Hazel, is celebrating her 25th birthday at a seaside hotel with her fella and his daughter when a five-year-old girl goes missing from the hotel. It isn’t long before someone sees similarities between Hazel and the child she was. So she decides to bring it all out in the open, tell what she remembered of that day 19 years earlier but swears that she knows nothing of the missing child in present day.
I thought that the author did amazing creating the opening chapter. It is shocking and harrowing showing how devious and cunning the sisters were, especially Laurel to get the toddler to go with them but it isn’t graphic. Later in the book, some of the injuries are learnt and that really does hit hard but it is written with thought to who will be reading this book. I felt that I connected with the characters in the book like I was supposed to, as my feelings were constantly changing as the story progressed.
There wasn’t a massive police influence in the story as it was disclosed more by the sisters than anyone else although other characters did have their own say too. The story goes back and forth between past and present each bringing their own shocks, some a little predictable while others blew me away. A brilliant conclusion.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am a former human rights lawyer who used to work for the UK Government. As a litigator, I worked on cases involving Winnie Mandela and the rapper Snoop Dogg. I loved my job but then we re-located to the tropics and now I live in wonderful Singapore.
I also write short stories which have been published in various anthologies. And when I’m not writing, I’m running The Singapore Writers’ Group which I founded in 2012. This is a fantastic group of both professional and amateur writers who meet monthly and attend workshops and critique sessions