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One of the Girls

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I loved The Castaways, so I was hugely excited to read this. Lucy Clarke more than delivers here - with an even stronger novel that combines an undercurrent of death and danger with concurrent plotlines of love and female friendship. 
The Greek Island setting is blissful - you can almost the feel the burning heat and see the crystal clear waters - and that's before one gets onto the descriptions of food - Eleanor's love for deep fried cheese had my mouth watering!
In terms of plot twists - there are quite a few here - and whilst some rely on coincidence, none rely on big leaps of the imagination - they all make sense and work well together. 
Come for the heartstopping thriller - stay for the surprisingly nuanced take on friendship and growing apart whilst growing older - another roaring success for Lucy Clarke!
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An isolated villa, perched on the edge of a cliff on the Greek island of Aegos is the setting of Lexi Lowes hen weekend. Six friends – Lexi, Bella, Fen, Robyn, Ana and Eleanor – all looking forward to sun, sea, cocktails and celebrating Lexi’s upcoming nuptials! But – dangerous undercurrents run beneath the sunset swims and midnight cocktails because each of the women is hiding a secret! Four weeks until the wedding – but one of the wedding party will never make it off of the Island!

I LOVED this book! It gripped me from the very beginning and it’s one that I found increasingly difficult to put down. I love the way the book is set out with each chapter being one of the characters POV’s. The book was full of slow-building tension as the story unfolded and was filled with uncertainty and revelations along the way. It was not only a whodunnit but a who was it done to… With lies and deception aplenty, I found this book to be really fun but also heartfelt and an interesting peek into female friendships and perception. I’ve read two of Lucy Clarke’s books, the first one being ‘You Let Me In’ back in 2018, which I loved, and the second one, almost a year ago – The Castaways – which I equally loved – and dare I say it, I think I loved this one even more!

I love Lucy Clarke’s writing style and find the pacing and short chapters in this book make for a quick read. I sped through this book in a couple of days and enjoyed losing myself in the character driven story and the beautiful descriptions of the stunning island setting – not to mention the drama – which I suppose is fairly standard when a group of women who don’t necessarily know each other well get together for these events, which is why there are rules such as; ‘what happens on the hen weekend, stays on the hen weekend.’ What isn’t quite as standard; is Murder!!

“We all had different reasons for being there. But one of us – well, she had a very specific reason for saying YES to the hen weekend. The problem was, none of us realised until it was too late.”

My thanks to the author and Harper Collins UK for my advance copy to review via Netgalley. Due out 26th May 2022!!
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Loved this book. Very enjoyable fast paced story. Five friends, five different personalities, anything can happen... Perfect summer read.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an arc in exchange for an honest opinion
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After loving The Castaways I was really pleased to receive a copy of this one & I'm glad to say this is just as enjoyable! 

We follow Lexi & her 5 hens on her hen weekend to a small (fictional) Greek island. The most beautiful setting with 6 friends, what could possibly go wrong?! Let me tell you a lot 😂! These women have so many skeletons in their closets & I couldn't wait to find out what secrets they were all hiding. 

The book is told from the pov of all the hens & there's lots of tension, mystery & twists. I loved all the secrets that come to light & I thought the twist at the end was brilliantly done. You know there's a death right from the off, but it's hard to know who it will be. I had several theories & changed my mind so many times, but was nice to see I hadn't quite worked it out! My only reason for knocking half a star off is I found Bella irritating after a while, other than that, I cannot fault this! 

Lucy does such a fabulous job of taking you to Greece with the girls in this. As a frequent visitor of the Greek Islands the setting of this book was perfect. If only it wasn't a fictional island (& didn't have the frightening drop 😳!) I'd love to visit 😂! 

This is the perfect summer thriller!
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Fast paced, energetic and gripping! Six women come together on a Greek island to celebrate Lexi getting married but things don't end quite as they thought...

Initially I found the short chapters tricky to keep up with, but soon found my flow and couldn't put down the book.

Character building was fantastic, with personal secrets and/or hidden agenda being gradually revealed building to a climactic conclusion. Another great offering from the author, thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.
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Five friends , five different personalities and five agendas. A page turning thriller with lots of twists and turns that even when you think you know what’s going to come next you are wrong. Well drawn characters set on a beautiful Greek island you almost wish you were there. A great read that would make a really great film.
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I loved this book. I'm a huge fan of Lucy's books and this one was another absolutely brilliant read.

Set during a hen weekend in Greece and revolving around a group of women, some close friends, some less so, the dynamics of female friendship is so accurately and cleverly portrayed here. Everyone has something to hide and gradually more and more secrets and lies come to light.

I love the way the author writes, I could almost smell and taste the descriptions of Greece, the food, the beautiful surroundings and atmosphere. Wonderful. 

Just when I thought I'd started to figure things out, I'd suddenly find I was completely wrong! The plot kept me gripped throughout and expertly ties up all loose ends at its conclusion. 

I've read a few books worthy of five stars recently and this one is no exception. Highly recommended. I can't wait for Lucy's next book.

Thanks to the author, Lucy Clarke, publishers Harper Collins UK and Net Galley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Thoroughly enjoyable book and now I have finished it I have missed joining the girls on their hen weekend in Greece where slowly the links that joined them together by lies, death and hurt are unravelled.
Thank you to Netgalley, Lucy Clarke and the publisher Harper Collins UK for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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I could not praise this book higher! I absolutely devoured it - the multiple POV, impending doom from exposed secrets amongst the girls on the hen do meant I really couldn’t put this read down. The twist actually surprised me which is so refreshing after reading too many thrillers that are predictable. The book kept me guessing and I just wish I could experience reading it for the first time again!
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This was a good holiday read.  It has short sharp chapters which left me wanting to read more and I found the story building  up with each chapter too.  I liked the characters, each one was different and individual.  
The setting of the story was lovely with lots of descriptions about scenery, food, beach and even the sea. 
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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I absolutely bloody loved this book. It’s written in a classic Lucy Clarke style-gripping, intense and leaves you on the edge of your seat. I read this in one sitting, I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!

I loved that it contains multiple characters, who are written fantastically. They have tragic backstories yes-but they’re not boring or dull, or predictable in the slightest.

Just…wow
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💭 ᴍʏ ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜᴛꜱ:
Yes, this is my type of book. Hidden secrets, multiple POV's, short chapters and a Greece Island. I mean, come on. I enjoyed the story behind all these women and how their relationships blended together. It was complex, but so well thought out and easy to follow. I was rooting for all of them. I was hooked and needed to know more. Loved the twist at the end! Did not expect it at all! Definitely a quick read to pick up this summer! 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

🤓 ʀᴇᴀᴅ ɪꜰ ʏᴏᴜ ʟɪᴋᴇ:
Short Chapters
Mulitple POVs
Quick read 🤓
Good plot twists
Binge Reads 
Character built 

ꜱʏɴᴏᴘꜱɪꜱ:
𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺. 𝘚𝘪𝘹 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘴𝘶𝘯-𝘴𝘰𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘪𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘱, 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘓𝘦𝘹𝘪’𝘴 𝘶𝘱𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘦𝘥𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘢𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘦. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘳𝘶𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘵 𝘴𝘸𝘪𝘮𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘪𝘥𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴 – 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵. 𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘓𝘦𝘹𝘪’𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴 – 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦.
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A bachelorette party in a villa on a Greek Island... what could possible go wrong? Well, with so many secrets and lies, and with a lot of competition between the women and a bit of catty behaviour (who knew) it's no wonder that there's going to be trouble. With a capital T...
So bride-to-be Lexi has travelled with friends and family - Bella, Robyn, Eleanor, Ana and Fen - to the Greek island of Aegos. Paradise I hear you scream. Well, yes and no. There are those among the 5 that, well, let's just say, that do not have Lexi's best interest at heart. Or do they? Cruel to be kind.
It's all a bit secrets lies and duplicitous behaviour along the way as we hear from all the cast, telling their sides of what is happening and what happened. How they all got to where they are today. How they connect to Lexi and, well, what they think of both her and her impending nuptials.
I think I preferred the setting to any of the characters. I don't think I really gelled with any of them. But then again, being on an Island with a bunch of women is pretty much my idea of hell. Give me a TV with some sport or a walk with my audiobook any day! But that's not to say that I didn't connect with them, it was all just a bit on the negative side mostly. And I did kinda care what was happening along the way.
I was also not completely sold on the - someone dies but we don't know who - thing which I have read a few times now and it always makes my roll my eyes. That said, I tried to gloss over the knowledge of that and just unpick the 6 main characters as thy were introduced to me - some being easier to do than others!
I also guessed a few things early and spotted some of the clues which were being laid along the way. But I think that's more down to the sheer volume of crime books I read rather than anything the author did.
All in all, a mixed book for me but one which did keep me engaged throughout and left me satisfied at it's conclusion. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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Lexi Lowe is getting married to Ed in a month and one of her friends, Bella arranges a hen party on a fairly remote Greek Island for the bride to be, Bella and 4 other friends Robyn, Fen, Ana and Eleanor, the latter being her Fiancé's Sister.

There is clearly a mystery in this book but what I liked and generally like in a book, is that at the start of the book we learn that someone has died and a red garment of some description is found with the body. This piques my interest because all through the book I was trying to work out who died. I was also waiting for the "red" piece of clothing to appear so I had a chance of figuring it out but frustratingly but also happily for me I did not work it out. The friendships in this book are clearly not as strong as you might think.

The author writes her chapters using the character name as the heading which is another thing I like although with multiple characters it takes a little time to remember who they are and their relationship to each other . Each character is fairly complex and I liked them all for varying reasons although they are quite frustrating at times.

This is my first book by Lucy Clarke but it certainly will not be my last as this was well written and kept me turning the page and I read it in a little over 2 days.

Thanks To Netgalley UK and publishers HarperCollins UK for an advances arc copy of the book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review
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Apologies - I didn’t finish this book. It was too slow paced for me.

That is not me being negative towards the author and I would certainly try another book. This one just wasn’t for me unfortunately.
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A great story..
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me intrigued throughout and I read it in a few days.
Have recommended it to several fellow bookworms.
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An enjoyable read, but a little too slow-paced for me!

After reading and thoroughly enjoying The Castaways by Lucy Clarke, I’ll admit I went into reading this book with high hopes. Sadly it just didn’t quite do it for me.

The book is extremely slow right up until about the 70% mark and then everything happens in the last 30% of the book. Don’t get me wrong the last 30% is extremely good, with twists and turns that I hadn’t seen coming, but I can’t give more than 3 stars since a large portion of the book was quite bland and at times I almost gave up reading it.

Six women embark on a hen weekend to a picturesque Greek island. What is meant to be a trip full of fun ends in tragedy? With secrets about to be revealed, friendships are rocked and relationships are fractured causing tension within the group. We know someone will not leave alive, but who?

The chapters are narrated by each of the women – Lexi, Bella, Fen, Robyn, Ana and Eleanor as well as intermittent chapters being narrated by someone called H. This I found very confusing, it took me ages to get used to who was who, I think a list of the girl’s names and who they are at the front of the book would be a good idea, as you could refer back to it if needed. The positives of the multi narration were that we got to know each girl and their backstory, which I do really like and it works well for this kind of story.

I loved the atmospheric side of this book. Whilst reading I could clearly imagine the beauty of the island and I could almost hear the sound of the cicadas. Description is so important in a book to me as I like to feel like I’m there. This book definitely did just that!

If you don’t mind a slow-paced start with all the action and twists at the end then I think you’ll really like this book. For me, I think this story has made me realise that I much prefer things a bit more fast-paced earlier on and that I like something big to happen earlier on, to hold my interest. I also think that this story wasn’t hugely original as I felt there were a lot of similarities in this story to other thrillers that I’ve read before.

Lucy is an incredible writer and this book was very well written, it was the story and pace that I sadly didn’t enjoy as much as The Castaways. This has not put me off reading anything else by this author though, I have several of her books to read still, and I am very much looking forward to them. Please do check this book out if you like the sound of the blurb as this review is my personal opinion alone and I’m sure I’m in the minority with my rating.

Thank you so much to Lucy Clarke, Harper Collins and NetGalley for my copy of this book.
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Thanks to netgalley for the arc ebook.
A slow burner to start, it finishes ablaze!
Showing the complexities of female friendships, the characters are really well written. I really enjoyed this one and found the conclusion very satisfying!
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Gripping slow-burner

I really enjoyed The Castaways so was looking forward to One of the Girls. Clarke writes such great characters and I felt myself drawn into the hen do in Greece as though I was one of them! 

Twists and turns and a whole lotta baggage, this kept me reading long into the night.

Recommended.

Thanks to Harper Collins and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review.
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I read this on the plane home from Greece, read the first chapter and I was hooked. Perfect for a beach read or for sitting by the pool as it will literally suck you in. Absolutely loved The Castaways and I knew as soon as I read the blurb that I would love this too. Can’t wait to read Lucy’s backlog.
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