‘I’m not safe – you have to help me…’
Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.
As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.
Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled?
Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?
An utterly unputdownable and darkly compelling read that will have fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister, and Gone Girl absolutely hooked.
After reading the description for this book I knew I had to read it.
Claire is a teacher who really cares about her pupils. She actually seems to be the only one that does to be fair. I think in todays society people would still rather turn a blind eye to what is in front of them than get involved. She isn’t married and doesn’t have any children of her own and to be honest I felt quite sorry for her.
Lorna is quite a complex child. She seems to be in trouble quite often and is a bit of a loner. She is someone else I felt sorry for as you can tell she is being somewhat neglected in her home life and you could easily understand the fascination that Claire starts to have with her. Claire keeps her eye on her at school and as her fears seem to be falling on death ears, she takes matter into her own hands.
The book claims to have a brilliant twist, to be totally honest I thought it was quite obvious quite early on where the story was going so wasn’t as surprised as I was hoping to be. Not sure if it’s because I read so much of this genre or I’m just getting as twisted as whats inside the pages! That didn’t spoil the story though as to be fair the star of this book is Lorna. She easily steals the limelight from Claire who I found to be quite weak and who started to irk me the further into the story I got.
Bad Little Girl is without a doubt a page turner of a read. It has the reader feeling a mixture of emotions as well as being quite thought provoking. Whilst it didn’t shock me it was still very much an entertaining and gripping read and would certainly recommend it.
My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Bad Little Girl is out now and available to purchase from Amazon .