I am delighted to bring you my stop on the blog tour for Frances Vick’s latest novel, Bad Little Girl.
Here’s the blurb . . .
Bookouture (22 Feb. 2017)
‘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?
My thoughts . . .
When Lorna Bell realises that one of her young students, Claire Penny is not being looked after as well as should be her parents, she feels a need to step and try and take of her herself.
The first quarter (ish) of the book is a little slow to start, building up the story with a few parts that I personally felt could have been shorter to allow more focus on the main story but, that said, once it starts, it really starts!!!!
Now it’s a ‘funny’ old book in terms of shockers and OMG moments. They are not so much bam bam bam in your face OMG moments, it is a book that is built on OMG moments, a build of the creepiest feelings, the sense of unease constant, the knowing that all is not as it seems but having no real idea why. Not your usual thriller in that sense but my god does it work!
The levels of manipulating that Vick has woven throughout the story is brilliant and really adds to the tension.
She builds up a superb picture of the characters, who at times you love and at others you hate, it’s a book that brings out many emotions, which in my opinion is the sign of a very good writer.
All in all a really enjoyable read and I’ll certainly be looking out for more of Vick’s work in the future.
Many thanks to Bookouture and Vick for my review copy.
About the author . . .
The only child of parents who worked at a top security psychiatric hospital, Frances grew up receiving disquieting notes and presents from the patients. Expelled from school, she spent the next few years on the dole, augmenting her income by providing security and crewing for gigs, and being a guinea pig for medical trials. Later jobs included working in a theatre in Manhattan, teaching English in Japanese Junior High Schools, and being a life model in Italy, before coming back to London and working with homeless teenagers and refugees.
Have a super day bookworms . . .