eARC Book Review: THE FLOWER GIRLS by Alice Clark-Platts

THE FLOWER GIRLS by Alice Clark-Platts


Format: Advance Digital Review Copy

Source: NetGalley

Publisher: Raven Books

Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Crime

Publication Date: 24th January 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“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…


My Thoughts & Review

This was another book that I had been hearing lots about on social media. I was really excited when I found out it was available on NetGalley. I requested a copy and was lucky enough to be approved nearly straight away.

This is a chilling story about two sisters who tortured and murdered a two year old girl. However, only  once sister was ever convicted as the other was too young. The youngest sister is given a new identity and lives a whole new life with only a few people knowing about her true identity. A good few years later a 5 year old girl goes missing at a hotel where the youngest sister is staying with her family, and The Flower Girls are about to be headline news once again.

The story and plot were very interesting and thought provoking. While reading the book I kept thinking about similar real life events that have happened. i.e. the murder of James Bulger in 1993.

I thought the author has done a wonderful job of keeping the book simple yet covering important issues such as child abduction in such a subtle way.  While reading through the book you can tell that the author has spent a lot of time in researching the topics and issues covered.

Although there were some interesting and well developed characters, there were some that I found very annoying and took a disliking to them.

About halfway through the book I thought I had worked out what was going to happen but I was so wrong. The ending was shocking and I wasn’t expecting it. This book really had me sitting at the edge of my seat.

I highly recommend this book especially if you’re looking for a gripping page turner, with lots of twists and turns.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing, Raven Books for a copy of this eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating



Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.

Happy Reading Everyone!!!




  1. Wow, this sounds like such an interesting read! I’ve just finished watching the Ted Bundy documentary on Netflix and I’m really itching to find some books that tell of similar themes so I read this just in time! Here’s hoping I can get an ARC from Netgalley 😭 Great review! ❤

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  2. I really enjoyed this one as well! In particular i found the writing style really lovely ❤
    The ending was twisty, but i thought i could have done without the last one, haha 😀 Although it's kinda fitting.

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