Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Girl at My Door by Rebecca Griffiths. This was released on the18th of September, published by Bookouture.
London, 1949. On the dark streets of Soho, a killer is waiting in the shadows. Inspired by the true crime story of the Rillington Place murders comes a chilling re-telling of one of Britain’s most infamous serial killers.
Queenie Osbourne is the talk of London. Rising to fame as a singer after the Second World War, she is about to head to New York to make her fortune.
On the surface John Reginald Christie is an ordinary man. By day he wonders the bustling city streets. By night he is entertained by Queenie and her band. He is always searching for prey. Soon a young waitress named Joy catches his eye and his dangerous obsession begins.
Joy is preparing to wed Charles Gilchrist, one of the city’s most eligible bachelors. But Queenie has always held a flame for him and the spark between them is obvious.
When Queenie commits the ultimate betrayal against Joy, she knows her bright future is at risk. With nowhere else to turn, there is only one man who can help her. But Queenie has no idea of the dark secrets which lie behind the door of 10 Rillington Place. As Christie watches her approaching, will he risk everything for his highest-profile victim yet?
Blending the real life story of notorious serial killer John Reginald Christie with a fictionalised cast of characters, this thrilling mystery is perfect for fans of Gregg Olsen, Louise Douglas and Jess Lourey
” Only she can uncover his darkest secret…”
Rebecca Griffiths The Girl at My Door, is inspired by the true crimes of one of England’s most notorious serial killers and alleged necrophile, John Reginald Christie. Known as the Rillington Place Killer, due to his victims being buried throughout his home, Griffiths has combined a tale of fact and historical fiction set in post war Soho London during 1949.
With a cast of fictional characters bringing the story to life, Griffiths has crafted a chilling and sinister tale, vividly setting the scene as she takes the reader into the dark and foggy streets of London, providing a fearful and uncomfortable atmosphere.
I was particularly taken with the chapters told from Christies POV, where the reader gets a look into his sick and depraved mind. There is also more to this story than just Christies crimes, the setting of 1949 provides a stark reminder on the themes of homosexuality and abortion, which are also explored.
All in all, The Girl at My Door is a must read for fans of true crime, mysteries and historical fiction. An entertaining read, I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
Thank you to Rebecca Griffiths, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Girl at My Door, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Girl at My Door Books on Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Rebecca Griffiths
Rebecca Griffiths grew up in mid-Wales and went on to gain a first class honours degree in English Literature. After a successful business career in London, Dublin and Scotland she returned to rural mid-Wales where she lives with her husband, a prolific artist, their four black rescue cats, two pet sheep the size of sofas and writes full time.