The Special Girls
An addictive thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page
By Isabelle Grey
Read by Melody Grove
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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06 Apr 2017
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Isabelle Grey never loses sight of the impact on victims in this brave and harrowing novel — Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month
A penetrating analysis of Stockholm Syndrome with a notably filmic sensibility — Guardian
An intelligent, sophisticated police procedural with a completely believable central character and a strong moral core. Emotional and hardhitting, highly recommended — Sinead Crowley, author of Can Anybody Help Me? and Are You Watching Me?
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
Combines attention to detail with compassionate intelligence — Sunday Times on Shot Through the Heart
Full of well-handled forensics and the brooding atmosphere of the Essex coast — Mail on Sunday on Shot Through the Heart
An unusual police procedural . . . beautifully written, full of interesting insights, and atmospherically set — Literary Review on Shot Through the Heart
Grey's credentials as a television writer shine through . . . the inner workings of the Major Investigation Team are just as enthralling to read about as the serial killer they are hunting — Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go, on Good Girls Don't Die
Assured, convincing and especially good on . . . the delicate - and often dodgy - nature of the relationship between the police and the press — Laura Wilson, Guardian on Good Girls Don't Die
Combines clever plot twists with a surprising delicacy of feeling — Sunday Times on Good Girls Don't Die
A realistic, gripping police procedural . . . they rarely get better than this — Book Addict Shaun on Good Girls Don't Die
A thrilling read that will leave you wanting much more of Grace Fisher — We Love This Book on Good Girls Don't Die
Top notch crime fiction . . . a superb example of its kind — Liz Loves Books on Good Girls Don't Die
The writing is fluid and enthralling . . . a terrific and believable supporting cast — CrimeThrillerFella on Good Girls Don't Die