Title: The Wayward Girls

Author: Amanda Mason

Pages: 480 Pages

Publisher: Zaffre

The Blurb


1976. Loo and her sister Bee live in a run-down cottage in the middle of nowhere, with their artistic parents and wild siblings. Their mother, Cathy, had hoped to escape to a simpler life; instead the family find themselves isolated and shunned by their neighbours. At the height of the stifling summer, unexplained noises and occurences in the house begin to disturb the family, until they intrude on every waking moment . . .


Loo, now Lucy, is called back to her childhood home. A group of strangers are looking to discover the truth about the house and the people who lived there. But is Lucy ready to confront what really happened all those years ago?

The Girls meets The Little Stranger in this dark and captivating debut about sisterhood, family secrets, and a dangerous game that becomes all too real.

The Review

The Wayward Girls is a surprising novel about what it means to grow up.

Loo and Bee spend the summer of 1976 bored at home with their mother and siblings. They have moved to a new house and are being homeschooled and the locals of the village think they are weird. Things do not improve when Loo and Bee claim that the house is haunted by a poltergeist.

When a local paranormal society get wind of the strange activity, then an investigation begins into trying to deal with the horrors that have befallen the family.

Alongside the backdrop of a haunted house, Loo is desperately trying to fight for position with her older siblings Bee and Dan. She tends to be influenced by their whims and often falls into line when the dominant Bee snaps her fingers.

She is also the one who is most connected to the spirit haunting the house.

Fast forward to the future and the events of that summer are still haunting Loo. Things are about to get worse when the case gets reopened.

I enjoyed reading The Wayward Girls. At times it was genuinely creepy and as a reader you were left feeling uneasy and often doubted the events that were happening. I do feel that it was a little too long and could have had a bit of it shaved off and it wouldn’t have had any major impact on the outcome of the novel. It is a good read for the upcoming autumnal months.

The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason is available now.

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