Seven years later, Molly Armitage, aged ten and recently uprooted from London to a Norfolk village, finds her great uncle Dan dead in his bed. Although she remembers nothing of her early years or abduction, Molly has been sure for some time that she is Phoebe. Everything in her life points to it, and now she has the proof she’s been searching for: Dan’s cryptic final note.
News of Dan’s death brings his wealthy hippie sister Janice back to Norfolk where, for the first time, she is re-united with Molly’s mother Suze, the daughter she gave up for adoption in 1970. It’s not the joyous occasion Janice hoped for – Suze is angry and resentful – but she is intrigued to learn that a conquest from her days as a groupie lives nearby. He is Joe Vincent, a rock star who, forty years earlier and at the height of his fame, turned his back on public life.
As she is drawn back into the past, Janice begins to wonder if Dan’s death and Joe’s reputation as a reclusive acid casualty are quite what they appear… And then Molly disappears.
The Wrong Girl is a compelling tale of the dark side of celebrity obsession, of how we choose the guilt we can live with, and how, despite our best efforts, the past comes back to haunt us all.
Reviews for The Wrong Girl
Thoughtful, scary and true, this is reminiscent of Barbara Vine at her best.
John Williams, Mail on Sunday
I cannot recommend The Wrong Girl highly enough. It had everything that makes for gripping drama. Solid characterisation, emotional depth, a claustrophobic feeling of impending maleficence played out upon the flat Norfolk landscape and a cracking good mystery at its dark heart. With The Wrong Girl, Wilson is a seriously strong contender for the Barbara Vine crown. So far, this is my best book of 2015 by a mile. I absolutely loved it.
Chris Simmons, crimesquad.com
Wilson shakes and stirs the ingredients into a beautifully written, gripping and haunting mystery novel.
Jessica Mann, Literary Review
The Wrong Girl, in which certain characters are not what they seem to be, is perfectly in tune with current tastes.
Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
Wilson has always been an acute observer of dysfunctional families, and she writes extremely well.
N.J. Cooper, Book Oxygen
A really beautifully written and atmospheric family drama-cum-psychological thriller here from Laura Wilson — a highly addictive and often haunting read that is utterly gripping.
Liz Wilkins, lizlovesbooks.com
A slow-burn story with brilliant characters built up layer by layer and a plot which comes ingeniously together. A great read.
‘Wilson is one of our most original and sensitive crime writers. This is a gripping novel about three generations of women in one family uncovering each other’s secrets, including a ten-year-old who thinks she may be the long-vanished girl she sees pictures of on the news.’
Jake Kerridge, Daily Express