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Black Heart Blue

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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.

Synopsis

Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid

Hephzibah - You've no idea what it's like having a freak for a sister.

Rebecca born first, prettier, Hephzi's always been the more popular one. The Father - When he was busy with his bottle we were usually safe. Usually. The Mother - Her specialist subject was misery and lessons of painful silence... Hephzibah and Rebecca are twins. One beautiful, one disfigured. Trapped with their loveless parents, they dream of a normal life. But when one twin tragically dies, the other must find a way to escape. Because if she doesn't, she'll end up like her sister.

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Some books stay with you long after you've finished them and Reid's debut is one of them. It is a moving, gripping story The Sun Emotive, sometimes shocking story The Sunday Times Yes, yes, yes! God, this sounds absolutely wonderful Bidisha, The Guardian Stunning, shocking, sad and incredibly touching. We are pretty sure you will read it in one sitting then want to share the book with someone else LoveReading We read this in one sitting. ***** Teen Now


About the Author

Louisa Reid

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.

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Publication date

10th May 2012

Author

Louisa Reid

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Publisher

Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)
Thrillers (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9780141342702

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