The Wild Girls: A Novel (Paperback)

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In the vein of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware, a deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller about a group of old friends who plan to reconnect on an African safari vacation, but soon learn that their wild pasts have finally caught up with them.

“A wonderfully atmospheric thriller of secrets, lies and betrayals . . . a heart-stopping rollercoaster of a read.” —B.A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors


It’s been years since Grace, Felicity, Alice, and Hannah were together. The “Wild Girls,” as they were once called, are no longer so wild. Alice is a teacher. Hannah has a new baby. Grace is a homebody. Only Felicity seems to have retained her former spark.

Then Felicity invites them all on the weekend of a lifetime—a birthday bash in Botswana. It will be a chance to have fun and rekindle their once bomb-proof friendship… and finally put that one horrible night, all those years ago, behind them for good.

But soon after arriving at the luxury safari lodge, a feeling of unease settles over them. There’s no sign of the party that was promised. There’s no phone signal. They are on their own… and things start to go very, very wrong. 

A fresh approach to the classic locked-room mystery, The Wild Girls is sure to appeal to fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley. 

About the Author

Phoebe Morgan is an author and Editorial Director at HarperCollins UK. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She lives in London, England.

Praise For…

"When three estranged friends set off for an all-expenses-paid trip to Botswana, you just know it won’t be long before they discover the catch—and what a terrifying one it is! Tense, well-paced and with a cast of relatable flesh-and-blood women, The Wild Girls is an exhilarating, read-in-one sitting ride." — Louise Candlish, #1 internationally bestselling author

"A wonderfully atmospheric thriller of secrets, lies and betrayals, The Wild Girls is a heart-stopping rollercoaster of a read with a dark sense of menace and hugely relatable characters." — B. A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors

"Agatha Christie meets Liane Moriarty in this escapist thriller about toxic friendships. Compelling and clever, you’ll binge it in one sitting." — Deborah O’Connor, author of The Captive

"Absolutely loved The Wild Girls. A dark and delicious thriller with an atmospheric Botswana setting that’s chock-a-block full of twists and turns." —  K.L. Slater

“Masterfully constructed twists and tangible paranoia push the bush setting to the background as treacheries are unveiled, and the outcome is shrouded by competing obsessions and next-level manipulation. An excellent recommendation for readers craving the twist-driven plot construction favored by Gillian Flynn and Ruth Ware.” — Booklist

"A tense, torturous thriller . . . keenly realized and entirely relatable." — The Sunday Post (UK)

"This is great. Kept me gripped!" — Jane Fallon, author of Faking Friends

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063144835
ISBN-10: 0063144832
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 26th, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English