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Book Review: The Girl Who Stole the Apple by Peter Tickler

appleWho can you trust?
Who wants you dead?
They’ll kill for what they think you have.

A little girl dressed in a Snow White costume walks into a store and steals an apple . . . then the store blows up. One of the staff, Maggie Rogers, is conveniently out of the store when all this happens. Maggie turns out to have a past full of secrets and betrayal, and attracts the attention of the police as well as more sinister forces. Maggie and the little girl end up on the run, not knowing who’s on their side or even what their pursuers really want.

Then they seem to have reached the end of the line. Nowhere else to run, nowhere else to hide. Maggie and the little girl face a desperate struggle for survival.


The Girl Who Stole the Apple by Peter Tickler was quite different from what I expected when I decided to get the book. I read the blurb and thought that the mention of Snow White(plus the apple) meant that the book had some aspects of the original fairy-tale perhaps integrated into the thriller as a retelling. However, the book is more of a police procedural or a crime thriller.

The story is narrated in multiple POVs. There is Maggie who is on the run with a little girl. I liked her narration because most of what was happening was around her. It was hard to know who to trust based on her perspective which heightened the suspense and unpredictability of the story. There was also an alternative POV from the villains who were looking for Maggie. There are also investigators working the case and so we get to follow the investigation. There are minor POVs that I also enjoyed like Maggie’s dad. I liked the guy and found myself sympathizing with him. He ended up being one of my favorite characters in the book.The girl in the snow white costume (Beth) was endearing and so I found myself looking forward to the sections that involved her.

The book is quite fast-paced. The first chapter starts with drama and tension which is maintained to the last page. There are also quite a number of twists that made the story unpredictable.  The only thing that I didn’t enjoy was fact that I didn’t get the answers that I needed at the end. I felt as if a number of things remained unexplained. I really didn’t get why Maggie was on the run or why she was being followed. Due to this fact, I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. It could be that I missed something in the narration. Nevertheless, the ending was a bit off for me despite the fact that I did enjoy the first sections of the book.

I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.


10 comments on “Book Review: The Girl Who Stole the Apple by Peter Tickler

  1. itsbooktalk
    November 4, 2016

    Sorry about the ending. It can be disappointing to invest in an entire book and not have your questions answered, that will tend to make me avoid the author’s next work. Great review!

    • Diana
      November 4, 2016

      Thank you.I get what you mean. I think I may have missed something or perhaps the answers given were not what I was expecting. This is the first book that I read by the author so perhaps I will try a second title and see how it compares. The rest of the book was good though 🙂

  2. Annie
    November 4, 2016

    I didn’t even know about this one! It seems interesting! But I really hate not getting the answers I’m expecting. I’ve felt like that with some books and I always ended up not liking them as much because of that. So I understand you completely!

    • Diana
      November 4, 2016

      That answers thing can ruin a good book. I keep thinking that maybe I missed something but I can’t go back and reread the book especially since the feeling may end up being the same. I have read some reviews on goodreads and it seems like its 50-50. Some missed it too and others enjoyed it.

      The book is interesting though and that is the only thing I didn’t like.

  3. Donna
    November 4, 2016

    I admit I prefer to get all the answers at the end of a book, even if life does not work this way. I hate it when a book gets too confusing and I’m left wondering about details or parts of the story.

    • Diana
      November 4, 2016

      I totally get what you mean.It feels bad especially after investing in reading then you get to the end and wonder what happened.

  4. Yvo
    November 4, 2016

    I would have thought the exact same thing after reading the blurb; a shame it didn’t live up to expectations. Great review though! 🙂

    • Diana
      November 4, 2016

      I had high expectations but I guess the ending didn’t work out for me.Thanks 🙂

  5. Grab the Lapels
    November 15, 2016

    I really enjoy fairy tale retellings, especially Cinderella. I haven’t read this one, but it seems almost unrelated to the original!

    • Diana
      November 17, 2016

      It really is. It had nothing to do with the fairy-tale. I also thought it would be a retelling.

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