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The book world has been excited about this debut for some time, and for good reason as it is such an intensely powerful and emotional read. Lex Gracie is Girl A, the girl who escaped the House of Horrors, as an adult she now has to confront the past all over again. This is a book that deserves your time, don’t rush, even though it is so good it calls for you to race through. Lex narrates, her clear concise words transferred to my thoughts with piercing clarity. Abigail Dean writes with a devastatingly eloquent pen, she examines the cause and effect of power, abuse, and trauma. When a book alters the patterns of your thoughts, if only for a short time, it deserves to be read, to be felt, even if those feelings are harrowing at times. When I reached the end, I slowed, stopped, and after a few moments returned to the last few chapters to read and again allow the words to enter and become fully absorbed in my heart. I’m not sure if everyone will follow the same fork in the path that I took as I read, and that is what makes this book so special, the reader will make their own decision as to where they step with Lex. A LoveReading Star Book, Girl A is challenging, thought-provoking and above all a beautifully compelling read.
'Girl A,' she said. 'The girl who escaped. If anyone was going to make it, it was going to be you.'
Lex Gracie doesn't want to think about her family. She doesn't want to think about growing up in her parents' House of Horrors. And she doesn't want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. When her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can't run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her six siblings - and with the childhood they shared.
Beautifully written and incredibly powerful, Girl A is a story of redemption, of horror, and of love.
'It is rare for a novel to be so deft yet devastating. A book of deep feeling - an astonishing achievement' JESSIE BURTON
'A work of utter genius' JOANNA CANNON
'Girl A isn't just an astonishingly accomplished debut novel, it's a masterpiece' LOUISE O'NEILL
'Fantastic, I loved it' PAULA HAWKINS
'Gripping, beautifully written perfection' SOPHIE HANNAH
'Dark and compelling' JANE FALLON
'Girl A is truly the perfect book. Believe the hype - it really is that good' KATIE LOWE
'Beautifully written, compulsively readable' JEN WILLIAMS
'Girl A is an absolute masterpiece: harrowing, emotive, confronting and beautifully written.
An absolute scorcher of a debut' EMMA GANNON
'Books like GIRL A don't come along often; it gives you no option but to put your entire life on pause. One of the most compelling novels I've read in a long time' STACEY HALLS
'Girl A is extraordinary. Pitch black, forensic, and uncomfortably riveting, but with such a thread of humour and tenderness' BETH MORREY
'Absolutely pitch perfect' ELLE CROFT
'Astonishing! A modern-day classic' JEFFERY DEAVER
'Harrowing but beautiful and surprising' ADELE PARKS
'Utterly unputdownable, insanely gripping' MARIAN KEYES
'You'll be thinking about GIRL A long after you turn the final page' VICTORIA SELMAN
'Remarkable in every way' CHRIS WHITAKER
'Girl A packs a hell of a punch. Stark, shocking, heartbreaking but never, ever mawkish' TAMMY COHEN
'Emotionally complex, beautifully written, with shades of Gillian Flynn' CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD
'A tremendously assured, accomplished debut' JANE CASEY
'Powerful and immersive' HARRIET TYCE
'Beautifully written with real humanity' RACHAEL BLOK
'Astoundingly compelling' CRESSIDA MCLOUGHLIN
'Intense, haunting, astonishingly powerful' T.M. LOGAN
Publication date: 21/01/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||21st January 2021|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Family Drama, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Collections:||2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery,|
Abigail Dean was born in Manchester, and grew up in the Peak District. She graduated from Cambridge with a Double First in English. Formerly a Waterstones bookseller, she spent five years as a lawyer in London, and took last summer off to work on her debut novel, Girl A, ahead of her thirtieth birthday. She now works as a lawyer for Google, and is currently writing her second novel.More About Abigail Dean