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The July Girls: The most 'extraordinary' summer chiller of 2019

Phoebe Locke

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Thriller / suspense


Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost.

Addie has a secret.
On the morning of her tenth birthday, four bombs were detonated across the capital. That night her dad came home covered in blood. She thought he was hurt in the attacks - but then her sister Jessie found a missing woman's purse hidden in his room.

Jessie says they mustn't tell. She says there's nothing to worry about. But when she takes a job looking after the woman's baby daughter, Addie starts to realise that her big sister doesn't always tell her the whole story. And that the secrets they're keeping may start costing lives...

Praise for the work of Phoebe Locke:

'This summer's scariest thriller' Stylist
'What a creepy and compelling debut - fantastic!' Fiona Cummins, author of RATTLE
'So creepy and chilling. Loved it!' Laura Marshall, author of FRIEND REQUEST

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Praise for The July Girls: The most 'extraordinary' summer chiller of 2019

  • A cracker. I loved The Tall Man, and The July Girls is even better - Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home

  • I adored The July Girls. Against a backdrop of heat, poverty and terrorism, Phoebe Locke vividly conveys a city stalked by a serial killer. Her protagonist - a ten-year-old girl called Addie - is brilliantly drawn. As the years pass, and she grows older, the tension ratchets up to an almost unbearable level. Beautifully written, not a word out of place, this deserves to be the summer's breakout hit - Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

  • Loved it as much as The Tall Man. Chilling, gripping and unputdownable with a wonderful protagonist. A must-read this summer - Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

  • Fabulous. I love Phoebe Locke's last book, but this one - The July Girls - is even better. Stunningly original with a protagonist you'll love - author of Faking Friends

  • After her brilliant debut The Tall Man, Phoebe Locke has knocked it out of the park once again with The July Girls. Atmospheric and beautifully written, it really is stunningly good - Cass Green, author of In a Cottage In a Wood

  • The July Girls is an extraordinary novel that gets under your skin from the very first page. Shocking, yet subtle, the menace drips off every page, making it an almost unbearably good read. Such an intricate, absorbing story that more than delivers on its knock-out premise (and boy, is it a knock-out!) - Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies

  • Superb. Atmospheric, dripping in blood and summer sweat. It's one of those truly unputdownable thrillers - Amy Lloyd, author of The Innocent Wife

  • I have just ripped through The July Girls in less than twenty-four hours - what an absolute corker of a novel! I love how Phoebe's characters are so beautifully written, and her talent for building the suspense . . . had me gripped from the first page to the last. I can't wait to see what she does next - Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me

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Phoebe Locke

Phoebe Locke is the pseudonym of full-time writer Nicci Cloke. She previously worked at the Faber Academy, and hosted London literary salon Speakeasy. She lives and writes in Cambridgeshire.

Phoebe Locke is the author of two psychological thrillers, THE TALL MAN, published 2018, and THE JULY GIRLS, out summer 2019.

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