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The Island of Lost Girls: A gripping thriller about extreme wealth, lost girls and dark secrets

Alex Marwood

7 Reviews

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Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

A shocking and gripping ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about extreme wealth, lost girls and dark secrets

'Gripping, stomach-churning . . . Marwood is in a class of her own' LISA JEWELL

'A ripped-from-the-headlines thriller . . . I couldn't put it down' MARK EDWARDS
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Sun-drenched glamour and obscene wealth hide the darkest of secrets and lost girls in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller.

1985

For twelve-year-old Mercedes, La Kastellana is the place she calls home. It is an island untouched by the modern world, with deep-rooted traditions - though that is all about to change with the arrival of multimillionaire Matthew Meade and his spoiled young daughter, Tatiana. The Meades bring with them unimaginable wealth, but the price they will all pay is far darker than Mercedes and the islanders could ever have imagined.

2016
Robin is desperately searching for her seventeen-year-old daughter Gemma, who has been missing for over a year. Finding herself on La Kastellana, the island playground of the international jet set, Robin is out of her depth. Nobody wants to help and Robin fears she is running out of time to find her child.

But someone has been watching, silently waiting for their moment to expose the dark truth and reveal to the world what really happens on the island of lost girls.

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Praise for The Island of Lost Girls: A gripping thriller about extreme wealth, lost girls and dark secrets

  • A stunning, genre-defying novel, poetic, immersive and as dazzling as the Mediterranean sun even as it pulls the reader through the darkest corridors of human behaviour. I was totally mesmerised, from the beautiful, slow-burn opening chapters right through to the gripping, stomach-churning finale. Alex Marwood is in a class of her own

  • A ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that is both compassionate and chilling . . . I couldn't put it down

  • Gripping, timely and beautifully written. Marwood blends story-telling prowess with characters so real that we inhabit their predicaments quite viscerally. The result is irresistible.

  • A stiletto of a novel: heart stopping and devastating

  • Scary as hell

  • Without a doubt, she is one of crime fiction's brightest stars

  • A blisteringly immersive summer read. Paradise has never been so dark and the world of the super-rich so terrifyingly believable. I'm still thinking about these characters days after reading

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Alex Marwood

Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of a journalist who has worked extensively across the British press. She is the author of the word-of-mouth sensation The Wicked Girls, which won a prestigious Edgar Award, The Killer Next Door, which won the coveted Macavity Award, The Darkest Secret and The Poison Garden. She has also been shortlisted for numerous other crime writing awards and her novels have been optioned for the screen. Alex lives in south London.

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