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Review: THE WRONG GIRL, Laura Wilson

The Wrong Girl
“A tale of how celebrity obsession can go horribly wrong”


In 2007, three-year-old Phoebe Piper went missing on a family holiday. Despite massive publicity and a long investigation, no trace of her was ever found.

Seven years later, Molly Armitage, aged ten and recently uprooted to a Norfolk village, finds her great uncle Dan dead in his bed. Molly remembers nothing of her early years, but she’s been sure for ages that she is Phoebe. Everything in her life points to it and now, finally, she has proof.

Dan’s death brings his long-lost sister Janice back to Norfolk where she’s re-united with Molly’s mother Suzie, the daughter she gave up for adoption decades earlier. Janice discovers that a former lover, Joe Vincent, lives nearby. Joe was a rock star who, at the height of his fame, turned his back on celebrity and became a recluse.

As she is drawn back into the past, Janice begins to wonder if Dan’s death and Joe’s reputation as a damaged acid casualty are quite what they appear…

And then Molly disappears.


This is a slow burner of a story, which is very much character-led. Right from the start I was intrigued about the secret 10-year-old Molly was keeping. She’s convinced she… TO READ REVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE.

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