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The latest twisty psychological thriller from internationally-bestselling author Lucy Clarke, One of the Girls is the delicious story of a bachelorette trip on a stunning Greek island... that ends in murder. It was supposed to be the perfect weekend away. Six very different women travel to a sun-soaked Greek island for a bachelorette trip, to celebrate Lexi’s upcoming weddi The latest twisty psychological thriller from internationally-bestselling author Lucy Clarke, One of the Girls is the delicious story of a bachelorette trip on a stunning Greek island... that ends in murder. It was supposed to be the perfect weekend away. Six very different women travel to a sun-soaked Greek island for a bachelorette trip, to celebrate Lexi’s upcoming wedding. From the glorious ocean views to the quaint tavernas and whitewashed streets, the vacation seems too good to be true. But dangerous undercurrents run beneath the sunset swims and midnight cocktails – because each of the women is hiding a secret. Someone is determined to make sure that Lexi’s marriage never happens – and that one of them doesn’t leave the island alive. Gripping, twisty, and full of sun-soaked suspense, this timely thriller examines the joys of female friendship…as well as the deadly consequences when a relationship goes wrong.


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The latest twisty psychological thriller from internationally-bestselling author Lucy Clarke, One of the Girls is the delicious story of a bachelorette trip on a stunning Greek island... that ends in murder. It was supposed to be the perfect weekend away. Six very different women travel to a sun-soaked Greek island for a bachelorette trip, to celebrate Lexi’s upcoming weddi The latest twisty psychological thriller from internationally-bestselling author Lucy Clarke, One of the Girls is the delicious story of a bachelorette trip on a stunning Greek island... that ends in murder. It was supposed to be the perfect weekend away. Six very different women travel to a sun-soaked Greek island for a bachelorette trip, to celebrate Lexi’s upcoming wedding. From the glorious ocean views to the quaint tavernas and whitewashed streets, the vacation seems too good to be true. But dangerous undercurrents run beneath the sunset swims and midnight cocktails – because each of the women is hiding a secret. Someone is determined to make sure that Lexi’s marriage never happens – and that one of them doesn’t leave the island alive. Gripping, twisty, and full of sun-soaked suspense, this timely thriller examines the joys of female friendship…as well as the deadly consequences when a relationship goes wrong.

30 review for One of the Girls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Allison Faught

    I knew I was going to like this book, but instead….I LOVED it!!! I went into this book realizing (given the Bachelorette Party/Hen Weekend theme) that there’s going to be a handful of women who I’m going to have to make up specific looks for given the descriptions of the women. (I usually just imagine friends/family members or celebrity faces as the characters in the book.) it’s the only way I can help myself differentiate between everyone without getting confused. So, always to start, the six o I knew I was going to like this book, but instead….I LOVED it!!! I went into this book realizing (given the Bachelorette Party/Hen Weekend theme) that there’s going to be a handful of women who I’m going to have to make up specific looks for given the descriptions of the women. (I usually just imagine friends/family members or celebrity faces as the characters in the book.) it’s the only way I can help myself differentiate between everyone without getting confused. So, always to start, the six or so women characters get jumbled, but in this book, I quickly fell into a groove and that’s a real talent when an author can do that. Although a bit slow at the start, this book gripped me almost instantly. Each character has a secret and each secret comes out throughout the whole book. I liked that there were new surprises tucked in there to keep me reading on from beginning to end. Each character was well-thought-out and their personalities/who they are didn’t stagger. The conclusion was so unexpected and totally worth the wait! Nothing about this book seemed corny or OTT and I also really liked that about this book. This was exactly the read I needed!!! I would recommend this to anyone who likes twists and turns throughout a book and if you’re like me and have a guilty pleasure of wedding-themed books, you should give this a try! Shoutout to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 4.5⭐️ rounding up!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: Later, we would all remember the hen weekend for one reason: because of what happened on the night of the beach fire. Before that, there were good moments - even beautiful ones - like sharing dishes of tzatziki and glistening olives beneath the Greek sun, or laughing till our knees gave way about something that would never be funny if repeated, or dancing barefoot on the lip of the shore. We mustn't forget those moments. If we'd been more astute, if we'd listened more closely, if we'd n EXCERPT: Later, we would all remember the hen weekend for one reason: because of what happened on the night of the beach fire. Before that, there were good moments - even beautiful ones - like sharing dishes of tzatziki and glistening olives beneath the Greek sun, or laughing till our knees gave way about something that would never be funny if repeated, or dancing barefoot on the lip of the shore. We mustn't forget those moments. If we'd been more astute, if we'd listened more closely, if we'd not turned away from her - from ourselves - we could have stopped it. That's what makes this so much worse. We could have changed it. Now it's too late. It's over. We can never unsee the trail of her red wrap as it fluttered in the morning breeze, caught in the zip of a body bag. ABOUT 'ONE OF THE GIRLS': It was supposed to be the perfect weekend away. Six very different women travel to a sun-soaked Greek island for a bachelorette trip, to celebrate Lexi’s upcoming wedding. From the glorious ocean views to the quaint tavernas and whitewashed streets, the vacation seems too good to be true. But dangerous undercurrents run beneath the sunset swims and midnight cocktails – because each of the women is hiding a secret. Someone is determined to make sure that Lexi’s marriage never happens – and that one of them doesn’t leave the island alive. MY THOUGHTS: I have to say right off that the publicity blurb is just a little misleading. But I can't tell you how, because that would spoil it. But I will say that I didn't find the story particularly twisty, and it is more a psychological drama than thriller. Six women, each of whom have their own voice, and a secret: Lexi, the bride-to-be, ex-dancer, ex-wild-child, and about to be married to the solid and reliable Ed; Bella, Lexi's maid-of-honour who is not at all sure that she likes this new, settled Lexi; and partner of Fen who borrowed her aunt's house on the Greek island of Aegos for the getaway; Robyn, the recently divorced single mum who is back living with her parents; Eleanor, Ed's sister who is still grieving following a medical misadventure which resulted in the death of her fiance Sam; and Ana, the newest member of the group, Lexi's newest friend who is perhaps concealing the most damning secret of them all. The story starts slowly, but as the true natures of these women are revealed, the pace does pick up. There is a good amount of misdirection as to who both the victim and the perpetrator might be as alcohol fueled cracks begin to show in the women's relationships, and true feelings are revealed. One of the Girls (I have to ask, why not Women in the title rather than girls? None of them are in the first flush of youth.) is a quick easy read. I wouldn't call it gripping or thrilling, but it was ultimately satisfying and the characters are mostly interesting. ⭐⭐⭐.5 #OneoftheGirls #NetGalley I: @lucyclarke_author @harperfiction T: @lucyclarkebooks @HarperCollinsUK #contemporaryfiction #mystery #psychologicaldrama THE AUTHOR: Lucy Clarke writes from a beach hut, using the inspiration from the wild south coast to craft her stories. Lucy is a passionate traveller and fresh air enthusiast. She's married to a professional windsurfer and, together with their two children, they spend their winters travelling and their summers at home by the sea. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harper Collins UK, Harper Fiction via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review is also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Character driven, trapped in an island with a murderer premise sets on Greek Island of Aegos with well played, smart twists and unexpected conclusion! Yes, I’m easily sold! I adored the setting and character development, slow burn tension of the story! The bachelor party a.k.a. hen weekend gathering of a bride Lexi Lowes and five friends was an intriguing start to pick my interest! As soon as I read a few chapters: I just stopped and visualized the holiday gathering with girls: Sun, beach, wine Character driven, trapped in an island with a murderer premise sets on Greek Island of Aegos with well played, smart twists and unexpected conclusion! Yes, I’m easily sold! I adored the setting and character development, slow burn tension of the story! The bachelor party a.k.a. hen weekend gathering of a bride Lexi Lowes and five friends was an intriguing start to pick my interest! As soon as I read a few chapters: I just stopped and visualized the holiday gathering with girls: Sun, beach, wine, staying at luxurious villa! I think it took at least one hour coming out of the trace! Even thinking about that dreamy getaway made me smile! Only thing bothered me was number of the characters: Both POVs are not equally interesting! It was fun to see each character’s different motivation to attend the wedding. Some of them are truly darker thoughts, acting like great example of villanelles! I found some of the characters dull, yes I’m talking about Robyn! I couldn’t relate with her. I even thought skipping her parts but it would cause problem for me to understand entire premise fully so I patiently read her POV! Lexi and Bella were more interesting POVs than the others! This was truly entertaining pop corn and booze read for me! There are so many well built twists and the ending was also jaw dropping! Absolutely likable thriller if you enjoy the great Greek island premise and strong character driven mysteries! Special thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP PUTNAM/ G. P. Putnam’s Sons for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    3.5 rounded up. It’s Lexi Lowes hen weekend on the Greek island of Aegos and she’s there with five friends and under strict instructions not have contact with her fiance Ed. However, almost as soon as she arrives at the remote villa Lexi feels prickles of unease. Six women, a hen do, a Greek island, sun, sea, food, wine, sounds idyllic, what could possibly go wrong? The story is told by all six women which flows well. This is definitely a case of oh what a tangled web we weave and with a great is 3.5 rounded up. It’s Lexi Lowes hen weekend on the Greek island of Aegos and she’s there with five friends and under strict instructions not have contact with her fiance Ed. However, almost as soon as she arrives at the remote villa Lexi feels prickles of unease. Six women, a hen do, a Greek island, sun, sea, food, wine, sounds idyllic, what could possibly go wrong? The story is told by all six women which flows well. This is definitely a case of oh what a tangled web we weave and with a great island backdrop to the drama as who could resist such a setting? The storyline does get intriguing although it starts slowly but it’s well worth hanging in there as once the initial excitement of their arrival wears off and reality sets in the pace speeds up. The characterisation it’s good although some characters are much more interesting than others, Robyn’s point of view is a bit dull at times and Fen’s isn’t as interesting as the others either. However the perspectives of Lexi, Bella, Eleanor and Ana make up for that and its interesting mix with the ever changing dynamics between them being very entertaining. The tension builds well as each characters good and bad memories are revealed and their lies and deception create increasingly building under currents which all connects dramatically towards the end. The finale is a surprise and a good one as it’s not what you expect. Overall this is a good easy read and maybe a perfect novel to take poolside as you sip the drink of your choice. With thanks to NetGalley and especially to HarperCollins, HarperFiction for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!"

    My thanks to Penguin Group/Putnam, Lucy Clarke and Netgalley. I've just one complaint, and it's not with the story "which rocked!" It's with the synopsis. This isn't much of a twisty tale. There really isn't much of a mystery at all. We begin knowing that someone will die and they are possibly wearing red. That is known from the very beginning. Everything else? No mystery. No dirty deeds. So, what makes this story so compelling? The people. I loved them all, to varying degrees! Jeezum crow! Did the My thanks to Penguin Group/Putnam, Lucy Clarke and Netgalley. I've just one complaint, and it's not with the story "which rocked!" It's with the synopsis. This isn't much of a twisty tale. There really isn't much of a mystery at all. We begin knowing that someone will die and they are possibly wearing red. That is known from the very beginning. Everything else? No mystery. No dirty deeds. So, what makes this story so compelling? The people. I loved them all, to varying degrees! Jeezum crow! Did these women have secrets!😍 I kept running through my head who I liked the least. Because I knew someone was going to die. Turns out? Aw, come on! Y'all know I'm not saying another word! I really enjoyed this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Erwin

    Whoa… so many surprising twists and turns in this one I really didn’t see coming!! One Of The Girls started out a little slow and took a bit for me to really get into but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. 6 women together in Greece for a hens weekend equals a ton of drama! I loved how a lot of the characters ended up tying into each other somehow in the end. I really enjoyed all the characters and their uniqueness, except for Bella! I wouldn’t consider this book a thriller, more along the line Whoa… so many surprising twists and turns in this one I really didn’t see coming!! One Of The Girls started out a little slow and took a bit for me to really get into but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. 6 women together in Greece for a hens weekend equals a ton of drama! I loved how a lot of the characters ended up tying into each other somehow in the end. I really enjoyed all the characters and their uniqueness, except for Bella! I wouldn’t consider this book a thriller, more along the lines of a suspenseful drama. Overall, an enjoyable read I would recommend! Thank you Net Galley and Penguin Group Putnam, (G.P. Putnam's Sons), for a copy in return for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan - on semi hiatus

    'Going to the chapel and we’re going to get married…’* But first is the hen party. Lexi’s last bash is set in the beautiful location of Aegos, a fictional Greek Island come to life by the author. Picturesque scenery and azure bue water so stunning that I felt as if I was on an exotic vacation while reading this. The warm temperatures - both ocean and air - were balm for the dark days of winter and I couldn’t help imagining myself floating in tranquility. But nothing’s tranquil in a thriller and the 'Going to the chapel and we’re going to get married…’* But first is the hen party. Lexi’s last bash is set in the beautiful location of Aegos, a fictional Greek Island come to life by the author. Picturesque scenery and azure bue water so stunning that I felt as if I was on an exotic vacation while reading this. The warm temperatures - both ocean and air - were balm for the dark days of winter and I couldn’t help imagining myself floating in tranquility. But nothing’s tranquil in a thriller and the table is set as the six women invited to the four day getaway each had a distinct voice and agenda. We know from the beginning that someone is murdered, but who? This was a semi closed room mystery that leaned more toward a character study than thriller. While I’m not always on board with character driven books, I was immersed in this one and enjoyed it a lot. Shades of Big Little Lies, there were troubling undercurrents of each character and all were lying about something. As the six narratives progressed, I became more involved with each and didn’t want any of the characters to be the one who died or be the murderer. I can’t say why some writers are able to penetrate my thought process and why others seem trite, but I enjoyed this for more than just the mystery aspect. I'm adding Lucy Clarke to my 'be on the look out' list. Thank you to NetGalley, Lucy Clark, and Penguin Group for my advance electronic copy set to publish June 28, 2022. *Chapel of Love written by Barry, Greenwich, Spector

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    3.5 stars Who Let the Hens Out? Six women (Bella, Fen, Robyn, Eleanor, Ana, Lexi) have traveled to a sun-soaked Greek island for Lexi's hen weekend. What should have been fun in the sun, turned into much, much, more. One of the women, has a secret. But who, which one and what secret? This book proved to be a quick read as I was trying to figure out which woman had the secret. Who was the one speaking in the italicized sections, and what is going to happen if the secret is revealed? Readers get 3.5 stars Who Let the Hens Out? Six women (Bella, Fen, Robyn, Eleanor, Ana, Lexi) have traveled to a sun-soaked Greek island for Lexi's hen weekend. What should have been fun in the sun, turned into much, much, more. One of the women, has a secret. But who, which one and what secret? This book proved to be a quick read as I was trying to figure out which woman had the secret. Who was the one speaking in the italicized sections, and what is going to happen if the secret is revealed? Readers get a glimpse into each character’s minds and motivations. This was interesting and a nice touch. It could have been messy with so many characters, but the author made it flow nicely. This would make a great book for lounging by the pool or relaxing on vacation. This doesn't take much thought and is an enjoyable read. Thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Psychological Thriller. This thriller was very slow moving, and I found the beginning super boring. The twists I saw coming way before they were revealed. I thought the ending was good, but it was not great. I just wanted more from this book. I received an ARC of this book. This review is my own honest opinion about the book like all my reviews are.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    If any reader enjoys many dark secrets and lies then you must hurry and read this book because it is a most perfect book to read during the summertime! Six women from different backgrounds are traveling to an exotic isle in Greece for a fabulous hen party (bachelorette party) weekend that will impact each of their lives in ways they could never have foreseen and some will experience the pain of betrayed friendships while others will find new beginnings on this isle of beauty. They will all face a If any reader enjoys many dark secrets and lies then you must hurry and read this book because it is a most perfect book to read during the summertime! Six women from different backgrounds are traveling to an exotic isle in Greece for a fabulous hen party (bachelorette party) weekend that will impact each of their lives in ways they could never have foreseen and some will experience the pain of betrayed friendships while others will find new beginnings on this isle of beauty. They will all face an event that has tragic consequences and it will either fracture and break fragile relationships or it will allow loyalty and love to heal open and deep wounds. One thing is for sure. None if these women will ever be the same after this tragic Hen Party Getaway! (1) The beautiful and loveable bride to be. (2) The gorgeous but mean-spirited bully. (3) The unhappy and depressed introvert. (4) The thoughtful, athletic and nature loving enthusiast. (5) The long-time friend and single mother of a toddler yearning for unachieved happiness. (6) The quiet and aloof single mother who is only known to the bride-to-be. Secrets and lies in a secluded atmosphere combined with lots of alcohol is never a healthy recipe for anyone, especially these women who will soon find out that not one of them will be left unscathed by the time sirens signal the arrival off several police cars! What a terrific, fun and engaging book this was. The author Lucy Clarke was a great writer and storyteller. She really captured the exotic atmosphere of the Greek isle and villa which made the story a true pleasure to read. Many red herrings throughout pointing th finger at someone yet then misdirecting the reader to the next person. From the prologue you know someone will be killed but until the end you won't know who, what or why they were killed. (Loved that) The hot dry sun, the shimmering blue water, the tension and unspoken angry feelings brewing and bubbling beneath the surface of almost all of the women and made if feel as if an explosion was coming soon yet I just didn't know which woman would boil over first. Remind me to never go on a weekend getaway with 5 other friends to a beautiful secluded villa somewhere in Enchanting Greece and possibly never returning. I want to thank the publisher "Penguin Group Putnam" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this digital copy and any thoughts or opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone! I have given this delectable book a ration of 4 1/2 MESMERIZING and DELICIOUS stars!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    L.A.

    I wanted to love this one because the setting is in a remote part of Greece on the beach. The background of the waves crashing, the scenery of the cliff side trails, the market in town and the comradery of a girls' Hen party set the stage for a perfect getaway. So what happened....I read through waiting for the climax and with all six girls' POV it was sure not to let me down. I'm not sure what the downfall was for me but knew I had to finish, so 3/4 of the way it began to pick up and I'm glad I I wanted to love this one because the setting is in a remote part of Greece on the beach. The background of the waves crashing, the scenery of the cliff side trails, the market in town and the comradery of a girls' Hen party set the stage for a perfect getaway. So what happened....I read through waiting for the climax and with all six girls' POV it was sure not to let me down. I'm not sure what the downfall was for me but knew I had to finish, so 3/4 of the way it began to pick up and I'm glad I finished it. It does turn deadly and not who I expected to die, so there's your twist. All women have a sort of secret to reveal and some are not who they appear to be, so there's your other twist. I'm glad I finished, but sad that Lexi's Hen trip wasn't what she had hoped it would be... Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for this title in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susanne

    A Girls Trip from Hell! Oh, how I wanted to love this…. Having read and really liked all of Lucy Clarke’s other books I was eagerly awaiting her next book, sadly One of the Girls did not deliver. Six women travel to the Greek Island of Aegos for Lexi’s Hen Weekend. What seems like paradise at the start, turns into the exact opposite just a few short days later. Told in alternating chapters by Lexi, Bella, Robyn, Eleanor, Ana, Fen, and an unknown narrator, we slowly learn each character’s background A Girls Trip from Hell! Oh, how I wanted to love this…. Having read and really liked all of Lucy Clarke’s other books I was eagerly awaiting her next book, sadly One of the Girls did not deliver. Six women travel to the Greek Island of Aegos for Lexi’s Hen Weekend. What seems like paradise at the start, turns into the exact opposite just a few short days later. Told in alternating chapters by Lexi, Bella, Robyn, Eleanor, Ana, Fen, and an unknown narrator, we slowly learn each character’s background and the undercurrent that lies beneath the surface of their friendships. Sadly, none of the women are all that likable and neither is the storyline. Every character is withholding here, a secret, a lie, something, and when all rise to the surface, it isn’t pretty. While this was intended to be a suspenseful, twisty read, the despicability of the characters and Bella in particular, made this less so, at least for me. I am, however, only one reader and in this instance, was the wrong reader for this novel. Thank you to Penguin Group Putnam G.P. Putnam’s Sons for the arc. Published on https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... and Goodreads and Twitter.

  13. 4 out of 5

    chantalsbookstuff

    Lexi and her friends are off to the Greek Islands for her hen weekend. Six women and some determined that Lexi's upcoming nuptials never happen. With a beautiful setting as this one you get sucked in immediately. The Island gives you that perfect setting for this thriller to unfold. We get to know each character really well. Robyn was very dull in the beginning but really broke out of her shell towards the end. Although Bella's intentions were always good I found her to be extremely self centered. Lexi and her friends are off to the Greek Islands for her hen weekend. Six women and some determined that Lexi's upcoming nuptials never happen. With a beautiful setting as this one you get sucked in immediately. The Island gives you that perfect setting for this thriller to unfold. We get to know each character really well. Robyn was very dull in the beginning but really broke out of her shell towards the end. Although Bella's intentions were always good I found her to be extremely self centered. I found the writing and plot likeable with little hidden secrets and with a good solid twist this was a very enjoyable book! Thank you Netgalley and HarperCollins UK Audio for this ARC.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Nelson

    2 stars: ⭐️⭐️ Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! In the interest of complete honesty, this was not a book I enjoyed. Just for context, I say this as a 22-year-old woman whose favorite genre is thrillers with female main characters, which is precisely what One of the Girls is. My first issue arose when I realized I didn't actually like many, if any, of the six main characters, all women in their thirties as far as I can tell. We have the heavy-drinke 2 stars: ⭐️⭐️ Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! In the interest of complete honesty, this was not a book I enjoyed. Just for context, I say this as a 22-year-old woman whose favorite genre is thrillers with female main characters, which is precisely what One of the Girls is. My first issue arose when I realized I didn't actually like many, if any, of the six main characters, all women in their thirties as far as I can tell. We have the heavy-drinker-partier type, the absolutely-downtrodden-personality type, the couple who hangs all over each other the whole weekend while using the word "babe" an inordinate amount of times. Based on the vast differences between the women, I hoped to connect with at least one of them. But I ended up really feeling nothing. One problem I had that skirts between a character issue and a writing issue is the repetition. When one woman's feelings are described a certain way, in very specific words, it is almost a certainty that her feelings will be described in a following chapter in the exact same words. It gets repetitive very quickly. I can't tell you how many times one of the women felt a tightening in her breast. I mean, come on, there has to be another way to describe that. Moreover, the whole book carries a distinct pro-female, anti-male tone that feels a lot more like an inserted author bias than the opinions of the characters, which makes it painfully easy to draw a map of what will happen at the end. Overarching themes are fine; overarching themes that make the story predictable are...less fine. But for the sake of not spoiling, I promise not to say anything further. I just prefer books that are more mysterious throughout, including the end, such as You Are Not Alone and Final Girls . That said, I always wish a new story success, whether it's my cup of tea or not, and I do hope this book finds its way to the right people, even though I wasn't one of them. My Blog | My Books | Instagram | Pinterest

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    ONE OF THE GIRLS is a gripping crime/domestic thriller by bestselling author Lucy Clarke. The story is set on a beautiful Greek Island, where six women were on a hen weekend travelling from London to the Greek island of Aegos for four nights, a weekend bachelorette party. The six women include: Lexi-the bride to be, a yoga instructor, engaged to Ed Bella-Maid of honor. Used to be a nurse. Fen-Bella’s girlfriend. Personal trainer. Robyn-divorced with infant son. Solicitor Eleanor-Ed’s sister. Sculptor A ONE OF THE GIRLS is a gripping crime/domestic thriller by bestselling author Lucy Clarke. The story is set on a beautiful Greek Island, where six women were on a hen weekend travelling from London to the Greek island of Aegos for four nights, a weekend bachelorette party. The six women include: Lexi-the bride to be, a yoga instructor, engaged to Ed Bella-Maid of honor. Used to be a nurse. Fen-Bella’s girlfriend. Personal trainer. Robyn-divorced with infant son. Solicitor Eleanor-Ed’s sister. Sculptor Ana-Single mom of teenager But this holiday ends in a death. They all had a game! This is a character-driven novel, where each chapter is devoted to learning more about each one of the six. All the women have history, lies and secrets. The story builds to an exciting peak that will have you guessing until the end. A very enjoyable read! Many thanks to the author and The Book Club Reviewer Request Group (FB) and Net Galley for my digital copy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    What happens on the hen weekend, stays on the hen weekend. From the beginning we know there is a death and there is something red draped on the victim. What happened? Was it that wall that is too short for the rocky, 100-foot drop to the beach below. Or was it that blue rowboat? There are six women on the trip and as the days go past they discover how connected they really are. There is so much more than who they are to Lexi, the bride. The author layers the plot with many types of relationships: What happens on the hen weekend, stays on the hen weekend. From the beginning we know there is a death and there is something red draped on the victim. What happened? Was it that wall that is too short for the rocky, 100-foot drop to the beach below. Or was it that blue rowboat? There are six women on the trip and as the days go past they discover how connected they really are. There is so much more than who they are to Lexi, the bride. The author layers the plot with many types of relationships: best friends forever, fractured friends, yoga friends, friends to lovers, bully friends, and more. . . And on top of that are catastrophic life events like losing a fiance', divorce, sibling difficulties, sexual assault, and more. . . There are too many issues and the ending was not to my reading tastes. So, this is not one I enjoyed as much as many other GR readers. There were some shades of Lucy Foley and Liane Moriarty to the plot that many will enjoy. I thought it went on a bit long and was glad things started to get more interesting at 50%. Thank you to G.P. Putnam's Sons and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was ok. I feel like I’ve read this story before and this version was boring to me. The characters dialogue annoyed me; all the conversations and arguments were tiresome. It was a struggle to finish. Another girls bachelorette trip, this time 6 girls travel to a beautiful Greek island. One of them won’t be coming home. Each of these ladies have secrets, which no doubt will come out. One of the six is determined not to let this wedding happen, even if it takes murder to do it. Thank you to Netg This was ok. I feel like I’ve read this story before and this version was boring to me. The characters dialogue annoyed me; all the conversations and arguments were tiresome. It was a struggle to finish. Another girls bachelorette trip, this time 6 girls travel to a beautiful Greek island. One of them won’t be coming home. Each of these ladies have secrets, which no doubt will come out. One of the six is determined not to let this wedding happen, even if it takes murder to do it. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    ARC received!! Thank you so much, Penguin Group Putnam! I think this one sounds fantastic. Just my kind of set-up! ARC received!! Thank you so much, Penguin Group Putnam! I think this one sounds fantastic. Just my kind of set-up!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Val Wheeler

    Thanks so much to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for the opportunity to read/review the latest book by Lucy Clarke. My favourite book of the year was The Castaways and I recently read You let me in so I knew I would enjoy the latest book by Lucy Clarke and it doesn't disappoint. As usual Lucy's books are set near the sea and this one sees Lexi and 5 of her friends heading to the Greek island of Aegos for her hen party to celebrate her upcoming wedding. Reading the book is almost as Thanks so much to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for the opportunity to read/review the latest book by Lucy Clarke. My favourite book of the year was The Castaways and I recently read You let me in so I knew I would enjoy the latest book by Lucy Clarke and it doesn't disappoint. As usual Lucy's books are set near the sea and this one sees Lexi and 5 of her friends heading to the Greek island of Aegos for her hen party to celebrate her upcoming wedding. Reading the book is almost as good as being on the island yourself with all the characters as its so well written. you really feel you get to know the characters very well and are amongst them all. After getting to know the characters a little, the book really starts to take off. Each of Lexi's friends Bella, Ana, Robyn, Fen and Robyn all have their own secrets and reasons for wanting to attend the Hen party. The book is written from everyone's perspective and flows perfectly. Lots of tension, unexpected twists and turns, jealousy and fun along the way is this island retreat in the last days before she gets married, but someone is determined to make sure that Lexi’s marriage never happens – and that one of them doesn’t leave the island alive. A super well written book and the perfect book to take on your hols or curl up and dream about if you cant get away. Cant wait to read more by Lucy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Let me just go ahead and knock this one out real quick since stories like these are kind of a dime a dozen. One of the Girls (that my brain is still insisting was called “Only Us Girls”) is a pretty formulaic tale of a hen gathering gone bad. Six narrators – including bride-to-be Lexi, her lifetime BFF Bella, her new BFF Anna, her other childhood BFF Robyn, Bella’s partner Fen and soon to be sister-in-law Eleanor all tell the goings on of this Greek getaway. Skeletons fall out of closets, someon Let me just go ahead and knock this one out real quick since stories like these are kind of a dime a dozen. One of the Girls (that my brain is still insisting was called “Only Us Girls”) is a pretty formulaic tale of a hen gathering gone bad. Six narrators – including bride-to-be Lexi, her lifetime BFF Bella, her new BFF Anna, her other childhood BFF Robyn, Bella’s partner Fen and soon to be sister-in-law Eleanor all tell the goings on of this Greek getaway. Skeletons fall out of closets, someone dies. The end. The person I wanted to die ended up being the one dead and the only character I liked remained likeable throughout so that was a plus. The others ran together so much that I really had to pay attention to the chapter headings indicating exactly who I was reading about. And what is the point of going to some fabulous destination and never actually doing anything???? I was hoping for at least a teensie bit of . . . . But these basic bitches just sat around the villa eating tzatziki and hummus by the spoonful (literally) and getting wasted. At the end of it all this felt like a mashup of other popular books and wholly unoriginal. 2.5 Stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natalie "Curling up with a Coffee and a Kindle" Rampling

    I loved The Castaways by Lucy Clarke so was looking forward to this! This took me a while to get into and to get a handle on the characters and the POVs. The two narrators do a good job, although the different POVs would have been more distinctive if each character had it's own narrator. I did find it rather confusing that only two narrators were used, but each chapter had a different POV! That being said, the plot was fabulous, and the ending was superb. All the threads and characters connected w I loved The Castaways by Lucy Clarke so was looking forward to this! This took me a while to get into and to get a handle on the characters and the POVs. The two narrators do a good job, although the different POVs would have been more distinctive if each character had it's own narrator. I did find it rather confusing that only two narrators were used, but each chapter had a different POV! That being said, the plot was fabulous, and the ending was superb. All the threads and characters connected wonderfully, and I do love a good denouement! This only took me 4 days to listen to, so that shows how much I enjoyed it! Another great novel by Clarke, I look forward to her next one!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    I have a lot of sporadic thoughts about this book, so don't mind me completely jumping around while trying to come up with a review. I'm going to be a hot mess, but let's see... This book is definitely not a psychological thriller and I think this is my biggest problem with ONE OF THE GIRLS. This newly released book is being marketed as a psychological thriller, when in fact it really is a character-driven drama between the dynamics of women-centric friendships. Going into this book, I thought it I have a lot of sporadic thoughts about this book, so don't mind me completely jumping around while trying to come up with a review. I'm going to be a hot mess, but let's see... This book is definitely not a psychological thriller and I think this is my biggest problem with ONE OF THE GIRLS. This newly released book is being marketed as a psychological thriller, when in fact it really is a character-driven drama between the dynamics of women-centric friendships. Going into this book, I thought it would be similar to Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood, but this book is not really that suspenseful. ONE OF THE GIRLS is a bachelorette party gone awry when secrets are revealed and a killer is among the group of friends. I loved that the bachelorette (or should I say "hen" party) takes place on a fictional Greek Island (always wanted to go to Greece), but the writing and storyline always felt distant to me. With a big group of friends, having each person with distinct and almost equally as toxic secrets felt a little bit odd to me, especially since they were like every cliché in thriller storytelling. I think I was just the wrong audience for this one, but if you like slow burn dramas, this could be more up your alley.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I loved this! 💕 It’s the perfect FUN-IN-THE-SUN THRILLER!! 👀 Want a summer escape to Greece? 🌊🕊🫒 What about attending a weekend “hen party” on the Greek Island of Aegos to celebrate an upcoming wedding that goes bonkers from the get go? 👰‍♀️☀️🏖👙🍸 I’m all here for it, sign me up! Y’all I did not have a clue what happened, what was coming next or who the victim or guilty party was.. but LC gives you just enough.. to keep you invested. Try your luck at solving the crime 🔎.. but it’s not as easy as y I loved this! 💕 It’s the perfect FUN-IN-THE-SUN THRILLER!! 👀 Want a summer escape to Greece? 🌊🕊🫒 What about attending a weekend “hen party” on the Greek Island of Aegos to celebrate an upcoming wedding that goes bonkers from the get go? 👰‍♀️☀️🏖👙🍸 I’m all here for it, sign me up! Y’all I did not have a clue what happened, what was coming next or who the victim or guilty party was.. but LC gives you just enough.. to keep you invested. Try your luck at solving the crime 🔎.. but it’s not as easy as you’d think. This book is so darn unpredictable it had my head spinning 🤯 with a multitude of “hens” keeping secrets, lying and having the motivations for doing the dirty deed 💋🔪. It’s a sneaky/smart slow burn I didn’t want to end. I can’t wait to see what’s up next for this talented author. 5 stars 👏🏻🤩 Thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Putnam / G.P. Putnam’s Sons for kindly approving an arc in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.  I ended up giving this one 4.5 stars and rounding it up to 5 stars. The only reason why I didn't think it was a 5 star favorite read for me was that 1) I doubt I would re-read this again and 2) the omnipotent narrator in between chapters started to grate towards the end. I just wanted to find out what happened or was going to end. The characters were great, I ended up hoping that they all would survive. Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.  I ended up giving this one 4.5 stars and rounding it up to 5 stars. The only reason why I didn't think it was a 5 star favorite read for me was that 1) I doubt I would re-read this again and 2) the omnipotent narrator in between chapters started to grate towards the end. I just wanted to find out what happened or was going to end. The characters were great, I ended up hoping that they all would survive. You may think that some of them are annoying and don't like them, but then it swings back around again as the story goes on. I loved how this ended. This was a really great mystery/thriller and would love to read Lucy Clarke again in the future.  "One of the Girls" follows Lexi and 5 other women as they travel to a Greek island to celebrate Lexi's upcoming wedding. It's a hen-weekend and Lexi's so-called best friend/maid of honor, Bella is determine that it will be a weekend that no one forgets. Bella's girlfriend Fen though feels separate from Bella for some unknown reason and is struggling with terrible memories from when she was on the island years earlier. Lexi's other long time friend Robyn hopes that she can handle being away from her young son. A former client of Lexi's, Ana, keeps telling herself that she should not have come. And Lexi's soon to be sister in law is still grieving a terrible loss and feels awkward around the other women. But the important thing is that we know going in that someone is going to die and they will be wearing red.  So the book unravels each of these women's pasts and presents slowly. The book jumps back and forth between all of them as we follow the countdown to the final night of the hen weekend and the death that is coming. You start to wonder who it is and why it happened, and Clarke gives you several reasons why it could be any one of them. That's the fun part. In essence this is kind of a locked room mystery, but it's a Greek villa that is the setting for the death.  The flow was great I thought. I was initially worried following 6 women was going to take away from the overall plot, but it didn't. Everything was smooth between points of view and I honestly wanted to stay with each of the characters because there was so much going on.  The setting of the Greek island (fictional) that the women were on felt magical, but you know it has some darkness to it because of what is troubling Fen. And you have the omnipotent narrator doing it's countdown to death thing and musing about who is going to die.  The ending was very well done. I didn't see it coming. I do have to say that parts of the book were predictable, but not in a bad way. I liked how things were set up and how you get there in the end. 

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of One of the Girls. Ho-hum....another book with girls in the title off to an exotic location where everyone has a secret, someone dies and everything is resolved. The highlight of the novel isn't the story and/or the characters but the Greek island the six women travel to for a friend's bachelorette trip. This plot has the silliest, most ridiculous twist in which everyone is connected by dumb old coincidence! I hate that and how these women are all connected to Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of One of the Girls. Ho-hum....another book with girls in the title off to an exotic location where everyone has a secret, someone dies and everything is resolved. The highlight of the novel isn't the story and/or the characters but the Greek island the six women travel to for a friend's bachelorette trip. This plot has the silliest, most ridiculous twist in which everyone is connected by dumb old coincidence! I hate that and how these women are all connected to each other in some way is very corny and unbelievable. The narrative is not very suspenseful or dramatic; tension and anxiety is foreshadowed in that we know all six women are holding secrets but the pacing is slow, tedious and the reader has to get through a lot of filler before secrets are revealed. I soon grew tired of hearing about how gorgeous and charming Lexi was and how her BFF is so protective of Lexi's time and how wild she is. I skimmed 90% of this. This wasn't thrilling or twisty; I saw all of the twists coming, not to mention I had a difficult time liking and/or relating to any of the women. I won't be reading any more books by this author ever again. This was a laugh riot and not in a good way.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    First things first, there is an overuse of the word/insect name Cicadas…moving on from that I guess I half heartedly started this as the blurb sounded familar, 6 life friends meet up for a hen do on a Greek Island but there’s secrets and past’s etc, it’s a well done tale and at first it did follow the same themes, tired mum’s loving their kids but wanting to be free,jobs they hate etc etc but then the story took a sharp turn and 2 of the 6 came out as completely different characters to who we th First things first, there is an overuse of the word/insect name Cicadas…moving on from that I guess I half heartedly started this as the blurb sounded familar, 6 life friends meet up for a hen do on a Greek Island but there’s secrets and past’s etc, it’s a well done tale and at first it did follow the same themes, tired mum’s loving their kids but wanting to be free,jobs they hate etc etc but then the story took a sharp turn and 2 of the 6 came out as completely different characters to who we thought and the action and my interest shot up Got to say the description’s of Greece-the setting, villa, food, weather and flora and fauna were tantalising and easy mind imagined A zappy last 15% ish of the book took it from a not bad read to a now great read and a very very humorous last sentence made me feel overall the book had been a worthwhile if took a bit long to get going adventure 7/10 3.5 Stars rounded to 4

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jonann loves book talk❤♥️❤

    In Lucy Clarke's brand-new psychological thriller One of the Girls two words have intense meaning: friendship, and secrets. Can a group of women with deep seeded lies between them coexist on a Greek island for a bachelorette party or will it end in murder? Synopsis: Lexi is about to get married to Ed, the man of her dreams. Lexi's friends Fen, Robyn, Bella, Ana and Eleanor (Ed's sister) are all meeting her on a Greek island for a girls weekend getaway to celebrate the upcoming wedding. While it ap In Lucy Clarke's brand-new psychological thriller One of the Girls two words have intense meaning: friendship, and secrets. Can a group of women with deep seeded lies between them coexist on a Greek island for a bachelorette party or will it end in murder? Synopsis: Lexi is about to get married to Ed, the man of her dreams. Lexi's friends Fen, Robyn, Bella, Ana and Eleanor (Ed's sister) are all meeting her on a Greek island for a girls weekend getaway to celebrate the upcoming wedding. While it appears that all six women are enjoying a spectacular ocean view complete with delicious food and cocktails, things are not always as they seem. Could one of the guests have an ulterior motive? One of the Girls is an extraordinary novel. Lucy Clarke's writing takes readers on a mind-bending journey. The characters are easily distinguishable and the gripping drama holds your attention. I enjoyed every page of this twisty fascinating book! (4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐) One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke is available on June 28th. Thank you, NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP, Putnam, (G.P. Putnam's Sons), for the opportunity to review this delicious book by Lucy Clarke. Your kindness is appreciated.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I enjoyed this read- it was a mix of a beach read and a psychological thriller. The story centers on 6 girls who spend a long weekend in Greece for a hen/bachelorette party. Turns out that everyone e has some secrets and some people aren’t there for altruistic reasons. You know immediately that someone dies but then the book takes you back a few days to work up to it- this is a writing style I really enjoy. I spent the book thinking about who I would be ok with dying versus not dying depending o I enjoyed this read- it was a mix of a beach read and a psychological thriller. The story centers on 6 girls who spend a long weekend in Greece for a hen/bachelorette party. Turns out that everyone e has some secrets and some people aren’t there for altruistic reasons. You know immediately that someone dies but then the book takes you back a few days to work up to it- this is a writing style I really enjoy. I spent the book thinking about who I would be ok with dying versus not dying depending on how they acted. Some of the characters were not super likable but a couple of them were. I thought it was a little overly coincidental that they all ended up in one friend group when you learned some of the secrets, but even so I thought that the story was written well. The book moved at a fast clip with short chapters which made for a quick read. I liked the end and thought it tied everything together well. If I had a small nit, it was the number of times they referred to the hen party or to the girls as the hens. We get it, already! I was surprised that the book was not named “The Hen Party”. Overall, enjoyable read that I only wish I read in a raft in a pool in Greece. I’d recommend to those who enjoy mysteries and psychological thrillers. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alayne Emmett

    I’ve read every one of Lucy Clarke’s books and I’ve enjoyed them all. This one had me guessing all the way through. I must admit I’d didn’t like any of the characters they are seemed shallow and self absorbed and out to cause as much trouble between each other as they could. They all seemed to me not not really care that much for each other but was out to get “one over” on each other as much as they could. This was another winner for me. Very readable. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers f I’ve read every one of Lucy Clarke’s books and I’ve enjoyed them all. This one had me guessing all the way through. I must admit I’d didn’t like any of the characters they are seemed shallow and self absorbed and out to cause as much trouble between each other as they could. They all seemed to me not not really care that much for each other but was out to get “one over” on each other as much as they could. This was another winner for me. Very readable. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

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