It landed in my letter box yesterday morning and by the afternoon I'd devoured it! It's a gripping read and almost impossible to put down.
It is brilliant. Unforgettable characters, a great premise and so much you won't see coming. It's a stonkingly good thriller, but it's tender and heartbreaking, too. All the stars.
It's dubbed one of this year's most unsettling thrillers and we'd have to agree (but in a very good, want to read it kind of way) . . . It's creepy, it's dark but it's a cracking good read
I loved it. Tense and atmospheric, and the central characters were so well drawn I was rooting for them from only a couple of pages in. Very well done.
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
Loved it as much as The Tall Man. Chilling, gripping and unputdownable with a wonderful protagonist. A must-read this summer
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!)
The July Girls is a page-turning, atmospheric thriller about a serial killer, but at the same time a sensitively written coming of age story with a wonderful central character.
This intensely atmospheric, creepy read will stay with you long after the last of its twists and turns
A cracker. I loved The Tall Man, and The July Girls is even better
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
The July Girls needs to be at the top of every TBR list this summer. I want to dig around in Phoebe Locke's brain and work out how the heck she did it! Thoroughly recommend! Beautifully plotted, addictive read with characters that feel so real I already miss them
Thrilling, poignant and unpredictable, Phoebe Locke takes this serial killer chiller to a whole new level. I loved the Tall Man, The July Girls is even better.
An original take on the serial thriller killer that grips and disturbs, filled with characters who will linger long after 'The End'. As a reader I'm so excited that I've discovered Phoebe Locke
Superb. Atmospheric, dripping in blood and summer sweat. It's one of those truly unputdownable thrillers
The July Girls sucked me in immediately with its vivid descriptions of London life in the wake of the July 7 bombings, as well as with its wonderfully engaging young protagonist, Addie. One of the most atmospheric and original thrillers I've ever read, The July Girls is full of twists and turns, and memorable, realistic characters. I didn't want it to end. It's a book I'll be thinking about for a long time. I can't wait to read what Phoebe writes next
I LOVED the July Girls! It was so cleverly crafted, really atmospheric and my eyes hurt from reading into the night to finish it!
This one ... is a corker. Twisty and haunting - and even better than The Tall Man in my humble opinion
Stayed up late last night to finish The July Girls, a beautifully written, expertly crafted thriller packed with genuine surprises. I also loved the contemporary London setting and how the book showed the coming of age of the heroine, and the city itself
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
After all that build up, there's a sledgehammer of a finale that knocks the air out of readers as much as it does Addie. It's tense, thrilling and unexpected, the perfect end to a book that has you on tenterhooks throughout
Stunningly good . . . Complex, tender and absolutely gripping
A stunningly original coming of age thriller. Written from the perspective of young protagonist Addie, her trust for her sister slowly drips away along with her innocence against the backdrop of the 7/7 bombings. I neglected my children on holiday so I could keep reading - The July Girls is going to be littering every sun lounger this summer. A triumph!
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
A great thriller full of mounting tension and surprise twists