The Special Girls
An addictive thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page
By Isabelle Grey
They are called the 'special girls'. How are they special and why were they chosen? Historical child sex abuse is linked to the murder of a young doctor in this gripping psychological thriller
'There are plenty of twists in this compelling and compassionate tale' SARAH HILARY
'Absolutely riveting and I struggled to put it down' 5 star reader review
'A white trainer caught the light, and Grace tracked the beam along khaki chinos and a smeared sweatshirt to short brown hair glistening with blood.'
DI Grace Fisher investigates the murder of a young doctor working at a summer camp for young girls with eating disorders. Professor Ned Chesham, the man behind the camp deep in the Essex countryside, is hailed as a miracle worker, but the murder of one of his team throws a spotlight on his work and the 'special girls' under his care.
Grace Fisher is pulled from the murder investigation to head up a cold case review involving Chesham himself. She must tread carefully: Chesham has just been knighted, he has friends in high places and any suspicion about his work risks damaging his patients even further. But the deeper Grace probes, the clearer it becomes that there is something rotten at the heart of his treatment programme.
As Grace peels away the lies that led to the young doctor's murder and uncovers the extent of the damage done to Chesham's patients, she realises how few people want her to get to the truth. Is there anyone she can trust with the horrifying secret of the special girls?
THE SPECIAL GIRLS is a nailbiting thriller with a main character you will love and a final twist that will break your heart
What people are saying about THE SPECIAL GIRLS:
'The standout crime novel of 2017' CRIMESQUAD
'A brave and harrowing novel' SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH
'A penetrating analysis of Stockholm Syndrome' GUARDIAN
Isabelle Grey is a television screenwriter whose credits include Jimmy McGovern's BAFTA award-winning Accused: Tina's Story as well as over thirty-five episodes of Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Rosemary and Thyme, The Bill and Wycliffe. She has also written non-fiction and been a magazine editor and freelance journalist. Isabelle's previous novels include two psychological thrillers, The Bad Mother and Out Of Sight as well as the first two books in the DI Grace Fisher series, Good Girls Don't Die, Shot Through the Heart and The Special Girls. Isabelle grew up in Manchester and now lives in north London.
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07 Sep 2017
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Plenty of suspense and gripping, instructive writing about real people facing impossible, often tragic predicaments. This is an excellent crime novel, warmly recommended — Literary Review
A penetrating analysis of Stockholm Syndrome with a notably filmic sensibility — Guardian
An utterly believable and chilling tale of the abuse of the vulnerable. Beautifully crafted, it has an intelligence and emotional heft that sets it above the usual crime novel. The best Detective Grace Fisher yet — Anya Lipska