The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls
The Girls by Emma Cline

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An enjoyable read for the summer – I wasn’t completely blown-away but would recommend to others.

We follow a woman named Evie as she looks back on her teenage years when she was involved in a cult-like group of people led by a man named Russell – by the end of their time together the group had committed numerous murders.

It’s the summer of 1969 and Evie sees a group of girls at the local park, these girls seem free and completely captivate her – she wants part of what they have and slowly becomes obsessed with them. She eventually gets invited to the ranch where Russell and his group of friends are living. Here we learn of Russell’s deviant nature and his tastes for young women. As the summer goes on Evie becomes more and more uncomfortable with the way things are going at the ranch and the increasingly dangerous things that Russell is encouraging the girls to partake in. How will it all end?

This was a good quick read and I would recommend during the summer as it fits perfectly with this time of year. The book is split into parts – some where we are with Evie in 1969 and others where we are with Evie in her later years looking back. I don’t know whether the older Evie added much to the story and think it would of worked just as well if the whole story had been from the 1969 Evie. Current day Evie didn’t seem to show any remorse or have any criticisms of the actions she had taken so it seemed a little unnecessary to have the two time frames. This book is loosely based on the real-life murders committed by the Manson family, under the direction of Charles Manson who still currently resides in prison for his crimes.

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