Sunday 15 November 2015

The Girl Who Wouldn't Die - Marnie Riches


When a bomb explodes at the University of Amsterdam, aspiring criminologist Georgina McKenzie is asked by the police to help flush out the killer.

But the bomb is part of a much bigger, more sinister plot that will have the entire city quaking in fear.

And the killer has a very special part for George to play…

A thrilling race against time with a heroine you’ll be rooting for, this book will keep you up all night!


What did I think?

I had read so much chatter and excitement about this book on Twitter, so when I saw that it was free on Amazon for a limited time I rushed straight over and ordered it.  I am happy to report that I was definitely not disappointed.

I loved the setting in Amsterdam as it ensured that there were many colourful and diverse characters in the book.  George is a really strong character and I felt that she was constantly alert for some unknown reason, and when the reason does become clear I couldn't believe that I hadn't guessed.  I think I was hungrily devouring every page and enjoying the book so much that I wasn't trying to work out why the reader was being given certain information.

George links up with Senior Inspector Paul van den Bergen to investigate the murders, not that he has much say in the matter.  They make a really good team and I felt that he ends up becoming a bit of a father figure for her and she gives him a new lease of life.

There are so many heart-stopping moments in the book as George races against time to identify the killer before it's too late.  From about half way through I really couldn't put this book down.  I enjoyed the switch from Amsterdam to Cambridge and there is an almost unbearable tension as an event occurs in Amsterdam while George is in the UK, ensuring that 'just one more chapter' became 'read until it's finished'.

This book deserves all the recognition it has received and if you enjoyed Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy you will definitely enjoy the George McKenzie series.  In fact, I prefer George to Lisbeth and Marnie to Stieg so it's no surprise that I've given this book 5 stars.  It's gripping from start to finish, with a strong believable heroine thereby ensuring that I am chomping at the bit to read the next instalment, The Girl Who Broke the Rules.

My rating:

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