TITLE: Wicked Girl
AUTHOR: Jeanie Doyle
PUBLISHED: 23rd April 2020
I received an eARC copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. My thanks goes to NetGalley and the publisher Mirror Books for the opportunity to review this book.
The first in a series, Wicked Girl introduces us to Jeanie, a unique and inspiring woman who fosters young mothers and their newborn babies, sometimes she will even take the expectant mother into her home to guide her to impending motherhood. Wicked Girl recounts the story of the first young mother that Jeanie took into her care, and it runs parallel to Jeanie’s own life story which, at times is also heartbreaking. The overriding question that remains with the girls that Jeanie cares for is: will they find a way to stay together or will they decide that they are better off apart?
I’ve read quite a few books from this genre over the years but never one quite like this. Perhaps there are others out there that are similar but I personally have not come across one where the author’s own experience mirrors that of those that she is helping so closely. I’m also yet to come across a book which deals with a foster carer who is not only caring for a newborn and a young mother together but who is trying to reunite an already fractured bond. These elements made this book both heartbreaking and harrowing.
It’s gripping, there is no denying that. It hooked me immediately. The author made the choice to get straight to the action so to speak and as a result I did not want to put this down. There was no sense of persevering, it was absorbing from the outset.
It goes without saying that the subject matter is difficult. It could prove triggering for a lot of readers, and it is without doubt not an easy read. It is handled sensitively however.
I felt invested in the journey of every person in the book. There were those that I hated, those that I loved, either way I was interested to find out what would become of them.
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My only criticism lies with the writing style. I felt it was at times a little heavy on metaphors and unnecessarily detailed descriptions and this did take away from my overall enjoyment unfortunately. Having said that I didn’t feel as though it was a chore to read this book, far from it, I really enjoyed it and I will definitely look out for more titles in the series.
Would I recommend it? Yes, I would. I don’t think it will be for everyone, books of this nature never are. As I said above it could be triggering. However, I can see a lot of readers getting a lot of enjoyment out of this one and if you like books from this genre then I don’t believe you would be disappointed with this one! It certainly left me in a state of reflection at the end.
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MY RATING: 3/5
What are your thoughts? Do you think that you will read this one?
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!
Until the next time…Jess x