The Orchid Girls Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
They called them the Orchid Girls. Grace. Molly. Charlotte.
One of them is in love. One of them is a liar. One of them is dead.
On a jagged Dorset cliff, wind whipping their hair, waves crashing on the rocks below, three friends became two when Charlotte’s body was pulled out of the sea.
Fifteen years later Grace and Molly are worlds apart. Grace has a glittering career and a loving husband. Molly is a lonely, unemployed alcoholic. Grace has everything to lose. Molly has nothing.
They have moved on from the tragic accident that shadowed their childhood. But somewhere lies a photograph waiting to be unearthed - waiting to reveal a secret one of the Orchid Girls is desperate to keep hidden....
The Orchid Girls is a breathless, gripping and twisty story of love, obsession and dark, shocking secrets. For fans of K. L. Slater, The Wife Between Us and The Girl on the Train.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 8 minutes|
|Narrator||Lucy Price Lewis, Mary Woodvine, Elliot Chapman, Madeleine Price Lewis|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||13 November 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 86,850 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
770 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
1,844 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
4,289 in Psychological Fiction (Books)
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Early on the reader realises there is a lesbian relationship intertwined with the theme, so if that's not your cup of tea ... read no further.
Very slow to get to the point and it's not difficult to figure out who did what and what happens in the end
Disappointing really after the hype of the promotion
Childhood friends Molly, Grace and Charlotte were known as the Orchid Girls. One summer, Charlotte dies on a Dorest cliff edge. Molly and Grace are haunted by this the rest of their lives. 15 years later Molly is an alcoholic and Grace is married to a famous politician and is about to release her first book. The 2 get back in touch and secrets are dying to be told. A photo threatens to destroy them - what will they do.
The going in this book was so slow, it really missed out on creating a chilling atmosphere. Where suspense should have been building, I found my interest waning. This book is about 100 pages too long. It's an passable book, and lovers of the genre will probably like it, even if it is a bit transparent at the end.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
Sanderson tackles various key issues in this book, not least the theme of homophobia, and the struggle to accept oneself. She also manages to portray alcoholism with skill and sensitivity, giving Molly depth and enabling the reader to relate to her. Grace is, in her own ways, impeccably flawed. She hides behind the Queen of Clean facade, desperately trying to hide her true self. She too is an incredible character, one that is made up of various shades of grey.
The Orchid Girls is called a gripping psychological thriller, and that it is, but it is also so much more. It's evocative, engaging, and utterly enthralling.
Secrets, lies and obsession are some of the central themes and I found each chapter captivating. I couldn’t wait to turn the pages, read each point of view and take in the diary entries, to find out how the characters were going to further funnel themselves into their cramped corner - but who was going to triumph? I had no idea who to trust, obsessive stalker Molly or perfect clean-eating domestic goddess Grace, Ellis, Grace’s father or even Molly’s uncle. Believe me, it all bangs together in an explosive ending.
I admire how the themes of prejudice and shame were tackled. Sensitive issues handled perfectly. Amazing debut, Lesley Sanderson. I’m looking forward to reading more of your work soon. What a fantastic psychological thriller!
Part psychological thriller, part whodunit the book explores some difficult issues such as addiction, guilt, repression, co-dependency and fear. Even so it is easy to read and the two main characters are well drawn. I cared about Molly and Grace and what happened to them in the end.
I find it hard to enjoy a film or novel when I don't really care about any of the characters usually because they are so superficially written or have no redeeming qualities.
I was kept guessing until the end as to who was the main culprit with the author's skilful use of false leads.
To paraphrase Churchill I correctly guessed the villain once I had exhausted all the other possibilities.