Girl A

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Publisher Description

LONGLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTONS CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR

‘The year’s best debut’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘The best crime novel of the year’ INDEPENDENT
‘Sensational. Gripping, haunting, and beautifully written’ RICHARD OSMAN

CHOSEN AS A BEST BOOK OF 2021 BY THE TIMES, THE FT, THE GUARDIAN, THE INDEPENDENT, STYLIST AND MORE!

‘The biggest mystery thriller since Gone Girl’ ELLE
‘The novel you’ll stay up reading until 3am’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘An astonishing achievement.’ JESSIE BURTON
‘Gripping, beautifully written perfection.’ SOPHIE HANNAH
‘A masterpiece.’ LOUISE O’NEILL
‘Fantastic.’ PAULA HAWKINS

‘Girl A,’ she said. ‘The girl who escaped. If anyone was going to make it, it was going to be you.’

I am Lex Gracie: but they call me Girl A.
I grew up with my family on the moors.
I escaped when I was fifteen years old.

NOW SOMETHING IS PULLING ME BACK…

RIGHTS SOLD IN 36 TERRITORIES

SOON TO BE A TV SHOW DIRECTED BY JOHAN RENCK (Chernobyl)

‘Incendiary, beautifully written debut’ Guardian
‘Psychologically astute, adroitly organised, written with flair’ Sunday Times
‘Terrifyingly gripping’ SUSIE STEINER
‘Beautiful’ ADELE PARKS
‘Incredibly well written, devastating in a good way, and intriguing to the last page’ LIZ NUGENT
‘I was obsessed by it. As close to perfect as thrillers get’ JOHN MARRS
‘A gripping debut’ Oprah magazine
One of Marie Claire, Waterstones and Grazia’s best books for 2021
A Sunday Times No.2 bestseller for w/e 6/2/21
A New York Times bestseller

About the author

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2021
21 January
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins
SIZE
1.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Driasprivate ,

A brave debut

To pick a cringing topic as child abuse for a first novel takes more than courage. And to all of those who have no fear to speak, thank you. It is remarkable how the author can convey the stern, emotionless feeling of the protagonist visiting the prison where her mother died. A clever way to make the reader understand that something horrific has happened before. There are several passages where events, people and feelings are portrayed with an essential but very personal style. The voice of the writer. What at times I found confusing was the rapid in and out between events and characters. But whenever the author comes back to details of the family with their eccentric horrors, the reader can sense the tension, the dialogue which has to hide the fear of the moment. Perhaps, I am guessing, that’s the reason why that hideous exercise prevents the siblings from talking honestly with each other. And what might give the impression that the whole environment is stuck in a distant era is made even starker by the contrast of the almost present days. There is often more horror in the ordinary present times than laboured, costume dramas. But even if plot requirments have become more and more demanding, hopefully the author will give us an opportunity to appreciate again what makes her different from others, her inner voice.

mashed potato2000 ,

Amazing and heartbreaking

I couldn’t put this book down

Newtonstewart2004 ,

Wow

Very moving and a twist just to add to the marvellous story telling

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