The Girls by Emma Cline

It was the cover and the words The worldwide bestseller that first attracted me to The Girls by Emma Cline. Because, generally speaking (with the exception of Fifty Shades of Grey), books don’t become worldwide bestsellers without being pretty good.

And I’m pleased to say The Girls totally deserves to be a worldwide bestseller.

Set in 1969, 14 year old Evie Boyd is a bit lonely and looking for excitement. Her parents have separated, she doesn’t like her mum’s new partner and she’s a bit bored of her best friend. And then she sees them. The girls. And everything changes.

The girls are scruffy and look like they don’t have a care in the world. And in the middle of them is the beautiful Suzanne. All Evie wants is for Suzanne to notice her and to be part of her world. Before she knows it, she has followed them back to the ranch where they live and slowly integrates herself into their way of life.

Intoxicated by Suzanne, the girls and the enigmatic Russell, Evie doesn’t question the way they share clothes, rarely wash and eat food from dustbins. All she wants is to be with Suzanne.

Brief periods of the book are set in the present day. A middle-aged Evie is house-sitting and still reflecting on where life went wrong. There are references throughout the book to something that went wrong with Suzanne and the girls at the ranch. What exactly happened? And what was Evie’s involvement?

You don’t get the full story until near the end of the book, but the whole of The Girls is a compelling read. It is beautifully written and paints a vivid and sometimes disturbing picture of life at the ranch. It is a really superior piece of writing and I would go as far as to say it’s one of the best books I’ve read all year.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. It sound really intriguing, I like stories that are set in the present reflecting on the past especially if they keep you guessing what happened right until the end.

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    • I seem to read a lot of books like that. There were just enough hints about what had happened throughout the book to keep you guessing.

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  2. Oh, I like the sound of this one! Adding it to my Amazon basket now. I am determined to make more time to read so I’m stockpiling books for when I manage it!

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    • I’m sure you will love it! It’s a bit disturbing, but it’s beautifully written.
      I seem to make more and more time to read these days. I prefer reading books to blogs, so have cut down my blog reading, especially as most of my favourite bloggers blog a lot less than they used to!

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  3. I’ve not heard of this one before but it sounds like quite a unique concept!! Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

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    • It’s really good! It feels like a proper literary novel, and I mean that as a compliment!

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  4. I had to laugh at your 50 Shades comment; I totally agree!

    This sounds like it’s just the book for me, I’m adding it to my TBR list 🙂

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    • Thanks, I’m sure you’ll like this one! I never read 50 Shades. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it!

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  5. I’m really intrigued about this book, especially after your glowing review. Definitely one to add to my to read list. #readwithme

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    • It’s well worth a reas! It’s beautifully written, definitely one of my favourite reads this year.

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    • It’s definitely worth a read! Dark, but not too dark and very well written.

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    • I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! It’s quite dark, but not too dark and it’s beautifully written.

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  6. Oooh that sounds good – I’m adding it to my TBR pile (just as I thought it was getting smaller!) I popped over from #readwithme

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