Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2022
ARC from St. Martin’s Press
ALC from MacMillan Audio
| Book Review |
After reading and loving The Woman Upstairs last year, I knew I’d be picking up Rachel Hawkins next Mystery/Thriller release. Reckless Girls follows a woman named Lux, who realizes she’s been aimlessly wandering through life when she accompanies her boyfriend, Nico, on a trip guiding two other young women to the deserted island of Meroe in Hawaii. When they first arrive, the island is just the paradise they’ve been hoping for. That all changes when, as the blurb states, they start being picked off one by one with no way to call for help, and chaos ensues.
This story started off strong; Lux was finally getting a taste of her dream to travel, and even though it felt like she was tagging along, she was having the time of her life. The characters were interesting – I loved Lux’s history and there was a lot of mystery surrounding Brittany and Amma. We were discovering some of their secrets with the past interspersed throughout the story, and we were also learning more as Lux did. I also liked Nico’s character and found his choice to give up his family fortune to be intriguing. But this is where the good ended for me. There was a huge missed opportunity with the whole island of Meroe. We were given a few snippets of fictional book passages regarding ghost stories on the island, but that’s it. There was no attempt at atmosphere building, and something comparable to the aura in Lock Every Door by Riley Sager or The Turn of the Key from Ruth Ware could have really elevated this story. There really were no thrills here, and I found parts of the story to be predictable. As for the ending, I found that lacking as well as disconcerting. (Highlight for spoilers.) I find this trend of women who simply cannot move on without murdering or exacting revenge to be incredibly disconcerting. There is nothing empowering about staying steeped in anger. I’m not saying people can immediately move on; it’s a process. But there is strength in moving on or trying to, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes. Show me a woman who has that kind of gumption, and I’ll have tremendous amounts of respect for her. Aside from that, there were a whole host of mental issues that cropped up at the end, making it seem as if all of the women in this story were unstable. It was disappointing to say the least.
Overall I found the end to be incredibly unsatisfying. It took a solid four star read down to a star and a half, and it painted women in a terrible light. I’m sad to say that I would not recommend Reckless Girls.
| Story Rating |
| Audiobook Review |
I have listened to Barrie Kreinik’s narration before and really enjoyed it. Reckless Girls was no exception. The narrator had a good grasp of the characters; intonation was spot on, and quite frankly, the narration was the highlight of the book for me.