The Wicked Girls


Book cover

UK Publisher

Sphere (UKCxC)

US Publisher

Penguin USA

Date Published

June 21st, 2012


Presses de la Cite (French)
Heyne (German)
De Kern (Dutch)
Albatros (Polish)
Elliot Edizioni (Italian)
Crown (Chinese complex)
Modernista (Swedish)
UAB Jotema (Lithuanian)
Bertrand Brasil (Portuguese/Brazil)
Motto (Czech)
Athanaeum (Hungarian).

One summer morning, three little girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, two will be charged with murder.

Twenty-five years ago two little girls were imprisoned for murder. Now journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young women and her investigation leads her to cleaner Amber Gordon.

For Kirsty and Amber, it is the first time they have seen each other since that dark day when they were children. Aware of the danger they are in and with new identities – and families – to protect, they will do anything it takes to keep their wicked secret hidden…

A sensational new crime writing talent.

A psychological thriller you’ll never forget.


Genuinely disturbing and emotionally unsettling... irresistible.

- Val McDermid

The Wicked Girls is utterly compelling. It's psychologically rich, complex and masterfully plotted. I couldn't put it down, even when I sensed it was taking me somewhere very dark indeed. I can't wait to see what Alex Marwood comes up with next.

- Jojo Moyes

‘The best thriller I’ve read since Sister. Taut, gritty and utterly compelling.’

- Lisa Jewell

‘A psychological thriller which jumps off the page, grabs you and takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions.’

- Bookseller

Alex Marwood's is a shocking and thought-provoking psychological thriller, an impressive debut.

- Large Hearted Boy

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