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Louisa Reid is 35 years old, married with two young daughters and currently teaches English in a girls' school in Cambridge. She is originally from Cheshire, studied English at Oxford and has lived in London and Zurich. Her pupils are definitely not the inspiration for her characters in her novels but witnessing their passion for great fiction inspired her to write for young adults.
A debut novel which packs a heart-stopping punch. Sixteen year old twins Hephzi and Rebecca are about as different from each other as they could be; Hephzi is beautiful and bold, Rebecca suffers from disfigurement and is shy. But the twins are united in a dreadful fate and their attempts to escape from it. The daughters of a vicar, they both suffer a life of torment at his hands. A torment with no end. When Hepzi dies, Rebecca is alone for the first time in her life and she knows she must find a way out. In intertwined stories, each girl tells a part of this poignant whole. Please note that this book contains references to sexual abuse.
May 2012 Debut of the Month. Stunning, shocking, sad and incredibly touching. This debut tackles the horrors of domestic violence head on with beautiful writing and two amazing voices. Twin girls, one beautiful, one disfigured; one dead the other dealing with what is left. We are pretty sure you will read it in one sitting then want to share the book with someone else.