Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick
First published February 20th, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
‘I’m not safe – you have to help me…’
Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.
As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe. Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled?
Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?
An utterly unputdownable and darkly compelling read that will have fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister, and Gone Girlabsolutely hooked.
This book was so not what I was expecting it to be! I heard a lot of bad reviews on it at Goodreads and what made me read this book was Diana’s review at A Haven for Book Lovers. And I’m so happy I read it!
The book is very slow paced, especially at the beginning and I wasn’t really sure about it because of that, but I am not a person that easily DNF’s books so I had to continue and see if something would change if I could get immersed in the book. And for sure that started happening! Slowly, it started gripping my attention and I needed to know more.
This book is very different from what I was expecting but in a really good way. I can’t really say much about the book without spoiling it, but the book is about Claire, who is a teacher. She starts taking special notice of a young girl named Lorna, that seems not to fit in. She wants to help her, so she starts to befriend her, and trying to unravel what is happening in the girl’s life. Soon she discovers that the problems are not at school but at home and she has the need to save Lorna. And that’s where everything starts to unfold.
It seems quite a normal book, right? Well, wrong! It’s so much more than that! It’s incredible unexpected, scary and just heartbreaking. I had a pretty good idea of what was happening in the book, but I still couldn’t believe it and I could get enough!
The characters were really great and we have a hell of a development. Clary was every bit lovely and I really enjoyed her. She was kind and sweet to everyone and she is a person that for sure would matter for a tiny kid’s life. She wants to help, but she doesn’t stay just with the idea of doing it, like most. She actually acts and I like to believe that I would have done the same thing as her. And Lorna was no exception, I really liked her from the beginning. She seemed sweet and sad and a little girl that would do anything for others. I loved how the characters were presented and developed and it’s that development that made me terribly angry and scared! I still can’t believe how this book ended…
The book is for sure slow paced, but it’s every bit worth a read! I would definitely recommend it if you are into psychological thrillers. The books are addictive and the end will blow your mind.
Are you into psychological thrillers? What’s your favorite?