*I received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
The Flower Girls follows Hazel’s life as an adult, given a new identity as a child after she and her sister committed a brutal act against another little girl. Hazel, too young to understand, was given a new identity and went on to lead a relatively normal life, whilst her sister, Laurel, has spent her life since in prison. But when a young child goes missing at the same hotel that Hazel and her boyfriend are staying, Hazel’s past begins to rear it’s head, and threatens to ruin everything.
I’ve read a couple of books that focus on the lives of those who committed horrible crimes as children and then go out to live in the world under a new identity. The Flowers Girls had an interesting take on this situation, and I liked that it opened with another mystery at the beginning with little Georgie’s disappearance. However, once that had been resolved around the half-way mark, I found that I wasn’t really that interested in whether Georgie was taken or not, and if she was, who by.
I guessed quite early what had really happened with the original crime eighteen years’ prior, so it wasn’t a big shock when that was revealed. However, the final big reveal surrounding came completely out of nowhere, but then the book immediately ended? There was no explanation and not even enough information for me to even speculate about how or why or anything. The book had an interesting concept and the writing style was great but the plot left me wanting a lot more.
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
The Flower Girls will be released on January 24th.