The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die – Marnie Riches

Published 2 April 2015 by Maze

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When a bomb explodes at the University of Amsterdam, aspiring criminologist Georgina McKenzie is asked by the police to help flush out the killer.

But the bomb is part of a much bigger, more sinister plot that will have the entire city quaking in fear.

And the killer has a very special part for George to play…

A thrilling race against time with a heroine you’ll be rooting for, this book will keep you up all night!



Marnie Riches grew up on a rough estate in Manchester. She learned her way out of the ghetto, all the way to Cambridge University, where she gained a Masters degree in German & Dutch. She has been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist, a property developer and professional fundraiser. Previously a children’s author, now, she writes crime and contemporary women’s fiction.

Marnie Riches is the author of The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die – the first installment of the George McKenzie crime thriller series, published by Maze and Avon at Harper Collins.

In her spare time, Marnie likes to run (more of a long distance shuffle, really) travel, drink and eat all the things (especially if combined with travel) paint portraits, sniff expensive leather shoes (what woman doesn’t?) and renovate old houses. She also adores flowers.


My thoughts

‘The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die’ is the first part of a trilogy to feature George McKenzie. Written by Marnie Riches, it is a European style thriller with a gritty edge. And it is wonderful!

Set mostly in Amsterdam, we get to know foreign exchange student, Georgina, known as George. Amsterdam is a very appropriate place for a thriller, with its seedy side and its relaxed attitude to drugs and prostitution. George is clever, curious and has a way of perceptively seeing what is going on. She also is in love with fellow student, Ad. The setting off of a bomb leads to George’s involvement in the police investigation.

George is one gutsy strong woman. We see her rushing to root out her stalker and gazing at horrific crime scene photos. I loved her for her tough side and her willingness to place herself in danger. Yet her vulnerable side was there, as we see her feelings for Ad and her complex emotions for her mother. I took to George from the word go! She is brilliant.

The structure of the book keeps you on your toes, as it jumps from character to character. It takes a while to join up the dots and work out who is who. It is clever. There was one moment in the book that I guarantee everyone who reads it will go ‘ahhhhhh’. I do love it, when an author makes me do that.

I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens next to George. A great book for Euro-thriller lovers out there, with more to come soon.


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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8 Responses to The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die – Marnie Riches

  1. crimeworm says:

    This does sound really good Christine! Tempted…

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