Review // Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy

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Title // Moth Girls
Author // Anne Cassidy
Pages // 304 pages
Publisher // Hot Key Books
Series // None
Release Date // January 2016
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Helplessly drawn like moths to the light, two girls go missing in an evocative and gripping tale . . .

They called them the Moth Girls because they were attracted to the house. They were drawn to it. Or at least that is what is written in the newspapers that Mandy reads on the anniversary of when her two best friends went missing. Five years have passed since Petra and Tina were determined to explore the dilapidated house on Princess Street. But what started off as a dare ended with the two girls vanishing. As Mandy’s memories of the disappearance of her two friends are ignited once again, disturbing details will resurface in her mind.


Moth Girls is probably the biggest YA crime thriller of 2016 so far! Originally handed to me as a birthday present a few days ago, I could not wait to read this story. Gripping, haunting and refreshing – it was amazing to see a plot so unique and fantabulous!

The Moth Girls. She hadn’t thought of that phrase for years.

The story follows two separate perspectives – the present, as told from Mandy, and the past, as told by Petra. This is probably one of the most confusing things ever, but once you get used to it, then it’s absolutely amazing! I adore the depth that the reader so able to get from the little switching. I think Anne Cassidy did this, because there are some things and unanswered questions that even Mandy couldn’t guess at. The chance to see into the mind of Petra when she was alive was absolutely amazing, and you gained a real understanding of her distaste towards Mandy.

It was an unequal friendship, as if Petra and Tina were in a boat and Mandy was holding onto the side of it, just keeping her head above the waves. She didn’t mind the battering, she was just grateful that they let her stay there.

Characterisation is another area that Anne Cassidy has largely succeeded in. Mandy has such strong feelings of guilt and blame – something she sees other people who knew Petra and Tina as having for her. It wouldn’t be easy dealing with the fact you were the last one to see your best friends alive. Her depression in the book is bad, as she struggles to deal with things and constantly pins the blame on herself. To top it of, Anne Cassidy throws in a few unrequited feelings just to really kick her while she’s down.

It was getting dark and the sky looked bruised. The autumn sun had slipped away, leaving streaks of pink in its wake.

There isn’t much else I can tell you about this book without giving away the amazing ending! All I can recommend is that you rush out and buy Moth Girls. It’s amazing, and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this. I’m so proud that this book is part of the UKYA category. 5 out of 5 snowflakes.5 stars


Still unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.

Lectito says “Moth Girls is a well-paced, character-driven thriller with tightly-controlled tension that makes for a truly compelling read.”

Georgia @ The Bibliomaniac says “Overall, I think Moth Girls is a perfect, relatively short read for fans of crime, or those who want a brilliant book to get into the genre with.”

Maddie and Bee @ Heart Full of Books says “Moth Girls was incredible, if you haven’t figured that out by now. I will be recommending it to everyone!”



About Anne Cassidy

Anne Cassidy writes crime fiction for teenagers. She has written over thirty novels.


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