Girl A by Abigail Dean


ISBN
9780008389062
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Paperback
Pages
336
Dimensions
153 x 234mm

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‘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.
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THE BOOK THAT WILL DEFINE A DECADE - RIGHTS SOLD IN 26 TERRITORIES - SOON TO BE A TV SHOW DIRECTED BY JOHAN RENCK (Chernobyl). ‘An astonishing achievement.' JESSIE BURTON ‘Gripping, beautifully written perfection.' SOPHIE HANNAH ‘A masterpiece.' LOUISE O'NEILL

‘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.
If you liked Room, My Dark Vanessa and We Need to Talk About Kevin, you will love this book.

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ISBN:
9780008389062
Publication Date:
20 / 01 / 2021
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
153 x 234mm
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This book is one of the most interesting and introspective novels I've read in ages! It deals with themes of inter-generational trauma and abuse, cults, memory, and how do you move on from your past. The plot is tight, the narrative voice is delightfully sardonic, and this book reads almost like a true crime book, with all the repose of gorgeous literary fiction! - Lewis (QBD)
, 04/02/2021
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Girl A is a survivor. As strong female characters go, 'Girl A' (Lex) is one of the toughest. She escapes a house of horrors, her fanatical bully father & death itself to save her siblings. That doesn't mean she isn't vulnerable. Her final secret is devastating & she doesn't even know it yet herself. But there is still hope for her. Totally addictive! Perfect for readers of The Lovely Bones & Room - Angela (QBD)
, 01/02/2021
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Girl A is an extremely intense read that follows Lex Gracie, 'Girl A', through past and present as she delves into her horrific childhood she has tried so hard to forget. After the death of her mother, Lex travels to track down her siblings which she was seperated from long ago. As everyone copes with trauma differently, just how much does the past define her siblings and who they have now become? This heartbreaking story of abuse and survival will send chills down your spine and send your emotions soaring. - Amber (QBD)
, 01/02/2021
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True crime fans unite! This book though fiction draws upon a number of real-life stories of abuse to answer the question; what happens to the victims once they are freed, and how do they ever find normality after the horrors of their past? Ex-lawyer, now debut author Abigail Dean has created a chillingly realistic story of survival , with a tv-series adaption already on the way. - Ashley (QBD)
, 01/02/2021
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True crime fans unite! This book though fiction draws upon a number of real-life stories of abuse to answer the question; what happens to the victims once they are freed, and how do they ever find normality after the horrors of their past? Ex-lawyer, now debut author Abigail Dean has created a chillingly realistic story of survival , with a tv-series adaption already on the way. - Ashley (QBD)
, 01/02/2021
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A heart-stopping psychological drama from debut author Abigail Dean. Girl A follows Lex Gracie and her siblings as the nightmares of their childhood and the abuse they suffered at their parents hands follows them into adulthood. This is a compelling story of survival and author Abigail Dean draws upon a number of real life true-crime cases to give it a chillingly realistic feel. - Grace (QBD)
, 01/02/2021
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A heart-stopping psychological drama from debut author Abigail Dean. Girl A follows Lex Gracie and her siblings as the nightmares of their childhood and the abuse they suffered at their parents hands follows them into adulthood. This is a compelling story of survival and author Abigail Dean draws upon a number of real life true-crime cases to give it a chillingly realistic feel. - Grace (QBD)
, 01/02/2021
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Like the retelling of a tragic media story you have seen on television where you question: "Whatever Happened to them?" Lex, our protaginist shows us the otherside of the story and the after... Forced into facing her past and her family, she intends to change their infamous home "House of Horrors" into something good. But as each day digs deeper into her dark memories, she must also face herself - Sheila (QBD)
, 31/01/2021
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This book left me speechless. Wow. I thought it was well written, the characters were practically flawlessly realistic. I could not put this book down from the second I picked it up. Definitely recommend giving this one a shot. - Taylah (QBD)
, 31/01/2021
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Lex was 15 when she escaped her home. She became Girl A, safely anonymous but forever linked to the House of Horrors case. With the death of her mother it will be Lex, who must bring it all back again and going storming back into old trauma. Each sibling has dealt with their past differently, each reveals a layer to this heartrending tale of family and courage. - Vanessa (QBD)
, 31/01/2021
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'Girl A' is a character driven story perfect for those who want a blunt depiction of trauma and the way we heal and survive. Great for any fans of psychological dramas, and family based stories. - Jamie (QBD)
, 31/01/2021
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Alexandra (Lex) is called to a prison housing her mother, as her mother has passed and it has fallen on her to take on the responsibility of her mothers will. The further the chapter progresses the more we learn more about Lex and her siblings traumatic childhood. The book is well written and easy to read, I would recommend this book for anyone intersted in true crime novels. - Shahni (QBD)
, 31/01/2021
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Abigail Dean's debut novel brings us a gripping, and often disturbing, psychological drama that explores the aftermath of surviving an abusive childhood. Following the death of her mother in prison, Lex Gracie must revisit her trauma and reconnect with her scattered siblings to deal with the fallout of the death of the woman they escaped from years before. - Darren (QBD)
, 31/01/2021
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This a slow burning book that will ensnare you into the traumatic past of the Gracie children. Abigail Dean has beautifully crafted a story where the more you read about Lex Gracie and her six siblings, and how exactly they are going to deal with the house that was the place of their living nightmares, the more they sink their claws into you. Once you start, you will not want to put it down. - Jazmin (QBD)
, 30/01/2021
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Alexandra Gracie, now a successful lawyer based in New York, tries to keep her family in the background. As ‘Girl A’, she is the one who escaped her family home, the ‘House of Horrors’, where she and her siblings were neglected and abused. But the death of her mother in prison requires Alexandra to return to the UK to deal with her mother’s estate. - Sean (QBD)
, 30/01/2021
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This is the story of Girl A. The girl who escaped. After the death of her mother Lex must revisit her past and come to terms with her family and growing up in the House of Horrors. This is a very powerful and beautifully written debut novel, disturbing at times, that drew me in completely. - Kirsty (QBD)
, 30/01/2021
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Girls A is an amazingly well written novel, that keeps you engaged till the very end. Telling the story of a young girl who escaped what was dubbed, "the house of horrors" yet she inherits that very house after her mothers passing, and has to confront the trauma that comes with it. - Aiden (QBD)
, 29/01/2021
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Abigail Dean crafts a story so real you would swear it was true crime. With Lex aka Girl A the executive of her evil mum's will, she must reconnect with her siblings she was separated from years ago and get their stories straight.. but are all the kids on the same side? Were their parents really evil? Was their house a true house or horrors? Or did Lex make it up? - Emily (QBD)
, 29/01/2021
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this is a real page turner of a debut novel by Abigail Dean. Beautifully written, it is both compelling and haunting. A gripping novel of love, loss and sheer survival. Well worth a read! - Tracey (QBD)
, 29/01/2021
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Breathtaking, remarkably intense, dark story of a girl who accomplished to escape from House of Horrors her parents created. A story beginning as a tale of escape and childhood trauma turns into a thrilling psychological story about the intricacies, alliances and betrayals within sibling relationships. Well writen; this story plays on the notion of family, who is a thrall and who has broken free. - Daniel (QBD)
, 29/01/2021
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Girl A is a gripping psychological thriller about a young girl who has survied her parents house of horros. As execuor of her mothers will Lex must now return to her childhood home and confront the past. Abigail Dean has written an accomplished debut novel that can not be put down - Isabelle (QBD)
, 29/01/2021
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After escaping the 'House of Horror's, Girl A aka Lexie Grace is now a successful lawyer and trying to move on with her life but she is dogged by memories from the past. After her Mum's death she has to travel back to England and reconnect with her siblings who she has largely been separated from since their escape. Can they ever truly break free of their abusive childhoods? An absorbing read. - Julie (QBD)
, 29/01/2021
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Topic wise, this book is definitely a different but captivating read. The timelines seem to stray a bit here & there (which can be a bit confusing) and although the story is centered around childhood abuse it still manages to have some interesting characters. I thought it was a really good, well researched, debut novel. - Tracey (QBD)
, 29/01/2021
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Girl A: a dark, haunting psychological drama. Lex and her siblings relive their childhood trauma by returning to their flashback-inducing family 'House of Horrors' when their abusive mother dies in prison. An absorbing, profoundly moving narrative of family neglect and interwoven memories, Girl A is sure to move hearts. The action avoids being gratuitous, hitting in all the right ways. - Jaidyn (QBD)
, 29/01/2021
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Girl A is a brilliant debut novel by Abigail Dean, this psychological drama will have you gripped from the beginning. A story of neglect and survival crafted through a series of flashbacks see Lex now a Lawyer have to revisit her past, one she would rather forget. Lex must execute her mother's will which will in turn reconnect a family all bound by a life in the 'House of Horrors'. - Ruby (QBD)
, 28/01/2021
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Lex Grace is Girl A, the girl who escaped and saved her siblings from a house of horrors. The girl who survived but hasn't quite moved past her trauma. Girl A reads like a true crime novel. It follows Lex and her siblings as they each deal with their traumatic pasts in different ways. It is compelling with complex, evolving chatracters. This psychological drama is perfect for people who need to know 'what happens next?' to those that survive the unimaginable. - Jessica (QBD)
, 28/01/2021
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Girl A is the story of siblings, who survived a childhood of abuse served to them by their zealot father. The author explores their horrific past, but also how each of them grew and came out of it. A tragic story with a twist at the end that left me heartbroken. - Alicia (QBD)
, 28/01/2021
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All Lexie knew growing up was pain, horror and abuse. When she finally escaped the papers called her Girl A. The one that got away. After years of trying to move on, her Mother dies in prison, and Lexie and her siblings are forced to come together to put the past to bed once and for all. 'Girl A' by Abigail Dean is the kind of book that will stay with you long after you have read it. - Joanna (QBD)
, 28/01/2021
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Girl A, the psychologically thrilling debut surrounding Lex; the girl who escaped. After escaping her family's house of horrors, Lex is determined to erase her identity as Girl A, the girl who broke free from the wrath of her parents, and saved her siblings. Following the death of her mother, the family home is left to Lex and her sister Evie, forcing them to finally face the trauma of their past. - Portia (QBD)
, 27/01/2021
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Debut author Abigail Dean blew me away from the very start of "Girl A"! Inspired by a number of real life cases including the Turpins of California who were given life sentences in 2019 for toturing & abusing 12 of their 13 children, Abigail narrates "Girl A" as if she was the lead character. Powerful & raw,a must read for all crime thriller fans! - Sally (QBD)
, 27/01/2021
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When her mother dies Lex is forced to face her past, pulling the reader into memories as she tries to deny truths that refuse to be silenced. Her five siblings are all haunted, coping in their own ways but the secrets that lie between them threaten to tear their already fragile family apart. This is a journey of pain, anger, denial and the struggle to move on when acceptance is the hardest part. - Tahlia (QBD)
, 27/01/2021
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Growing up in her parents house of horrors, Lex wasn't ready to inherent the house that caused so much damage. Now she and her siblings need to face their demons. This is a soul crushing, heart-wrenching story of survival. It explores trauma, family dynamics and coming to terms with your past. This psychological thriller will have you thinking about long after you close the book. - Angelique (QBD)
, 27/01/2021
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A dark and twisted story of abuse and survival, Girl A had me hooked from the first page. The twist at the end was completely unexpected. If you ever wondered what might have happened to children who survived a House of Horrors, this book is for you. - Shoshana (QBD)
, 27/01/2021
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A heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, emotional and distrurbing read. Not your cup of tea? Think again. This is an amazing story of chilldhood abuse and how the main character Lex ( Girl A ) aims to turn this negative into a positive. The story follows her journey from escaping the family House of Horrors, to being re-united with her siblings & wanting to turn the House of Horrors into a positive thing - Peter (QBD)
, 27/01/2021
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Alexandra Gracie, now a successful lawyer based in New York, tries to keep her family in the background. As ‘Girl A’, she is the one who escaped her family home, the ‘House of Horrors’, where she and her siblings were neglected and abused. But the death of her mother in prison requires Alexandra to return to the UK to deal with her mother’s estate. I finished the novel, hoping for a better future. - Karen (QBD)
, 27/01/2021
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Lex Gracie is a fighter, she has escaped her abusive family life and is renamed Girl A. She doesn't want to think about her past, but she is pulled back into her family's world when she inherits folowing their mother's death. To heal, Lex and her siblings must face their past to heal the wounds and have a proper future ahead of them. - Louise (QBD)
, 26/01/2021
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Gripping, horrifying, but ever so powerful. Girl A is the story of Lex Gracie, a survivour of childhood abuse at the hands of her parents and their House of Horrors. With the death of her mother in prison, a now adult Lex must return to the place of her pain. Confronted by the stories and childhoods of her siblings, who weren't as fortunate, Lex is forced to come to terms with her trauma. - Sean (QBD)
, 25/01/2021
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Umbrella Academy's family dynamics meet Room in this harrowing debut. The Story of Lex Gracie—and the other Gracie children—from their early years at the House of Horrors to their troubled adult lives sits with you long after the last page is turned. This is not just an incredible story, it's a reminder that we all carry our past differently. This is an honest, unflinching story for survivors. - Melanie (QBD)
, 24/01/2021
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Abigail Deans debut novel, Girl A, is more drama than thriller, a psychological novel that will immerse you in into Girl A's life, past and present. An intense story about a survivor who escaped the 'House of Horrors' she lived in. Not an easy read, but one that will stay with you. - Kylie (QBD)
, 24/01/2021
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Girl A is a dark and gripping story about strict parents and 6 children's daring escape from the House of Horrors. The story follows Lex Gracie, the oldest daughter who has left her past behind but is forced to confront it once again when her mother passes and leaves her and her siblings the house they tried so hard to forget. - Ella (QBD)
, 24/01/2021
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The only way to describe the suspense in this story is that it leaves a reader with chills. This perfectly captures the stuggle to forgive, and the impossible to forget. Needless to say, the protagonist's reflections on her childhood will wrap readers in anticipation, and the plight that is faced by confronting and repressing trauma allow contemplation on what it means to survive and overcome. - Natalie (QBD)
, 23/01/2021
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Intriguing from the first page, Girl A is the inside story of a victim of childhood abuse and neglect. The girl from 'that family in the papers.' A good read for anyone who is secretly intrigued by the morbid and broken family dynamic. - Laili-Yunita (QBD)
, 23/01/2021
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Dean writes with a cool, detached factuality that makes the story of Girl A all the more terrible and engrossing for it. Dean meticulously builds a picture of emotional and physical abuse and how it affects survivors years on. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes walking away from a book and feeling shaken in a good way! - Laura (QBD)
, 23/01/2021
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'Girl A' is a haunting tale of survival, lies and trauma. This debut is a psychological thriller bound to grip you and keep you invested in the life of Lex, the girl who escaped. Strike chords of "The Room" and "Gone Girl",this gripping narrative is one you will think about long after the final page. - Maddie (QBD)
, 23/01/2021
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An immersive psychological thriller for readers of books like Gone Girl and Sharp Objects. You will be so drawn in to Lex's world that you won't be able to put this one down. An emotional read, I highly recommend. - Deanna (QBD)
, 23/01/2021
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To say this punched me in the emotional guts and ripped my heart out is an understatement! As we follow the story through the traumatized eyes of these now grown up children, we begin to unfold a story that gets darker as you delve deeper. Having to revisit the house you were once abused in that has to take it's toll and reading Girl A, we feel every inch. - Jessica (QBD)
, 23/01/2021
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Girl A is a soul gripping spychological read that you cannot put down. While heartbreaking at times, the book perfectly balances these moments with equally profound and moving moments creating an emotional read that one cannot forget. - Chelsea (QBD)
, 22/01/2021
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I lost count how many times my heart broke whilst reading Girl A. Lex Gracie grew up with her 6 siblings in her parents' House of Horrors before escaping at the age of 15. After her mother dies in prison, as executor of the will, Lex must face her siblings and the past they shared. This is the book everyone will be talking about in 2021. - Alison (QBD)
, 22/01/2021
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Whilst propelling the reader into her world from the very frst paragraph through her use of stark, often meticulously detailed prose, Abgail Dean's debut novel, 'Girl A', holds her reader's attention by her seemless meanderings through the captivating characters' memories and consciousness. Though the story never rushes to revelations - indeed, the reader must content themselves with the oft casually offered chips of information to slowly construct the mosaic that is the plot - 'Girl A' remains gripping and fascinating from page to page. - Emily (QBD)
, 22/01/2021
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She was beaten. She was chained. She was the one who escaped. When Lexie's is forced to become the executor of her mothers will, she must return to her home. Her wounds. Her family. But what really happened all those years ago? What caused her father to change? An utterly devastating, un-put-downable and completely enthralling, "Girl A" will stay will you long after the final page. - Kale (QBD)
, 22/01/2021
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This beautiful and remarkably intense multilayered debut novel by Abigail Dean follows the dark story of survivor and saviour of her siblings who suffered childhood abuse and neglect. It’s pure, realistic, harsh, blood freezing, bleak and heartbreaking. I couldnt put it down! - Talia (QBD)
, 22/01/2021
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Lex grew up in a house of horrors and now is her chance to change it, though her siblings may not all agree she is about to break down what really happened and why. With each part comes a new perspective from the siblings, you see the lengths they will go to to fight for themselves and eachother. A dysfunctional family and a hidden secret. Will it stay hidden forever? - Jacqueline (QBD)
, 22/01/2021
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A powerful and compelling exploration of resilience and survival; Girl A is a story you will never forget. A haunting tale that explores the harrowing things that can happen behind closed doors. Perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Sarah Vaughan. - Zoe (QBD)
, 21/01/2021
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Less psychological thriller, and more a story of the scars left behind by trauma and abuse, Girl A is the story of Lex, the girl who broke out of the "House of Horrors" where her and her 6 siblings were chained and abused. The story beings with the death of their mother in prison, leaving behind a small inheritance and the House itself. Highly recommended for fans of Room, and stories of survival - Karina (QBD)
, 21/01/2021
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Lex escaped her parents House of Horrors when she was 15, and now finds herself the executer of her abusive mother's will. Girl A was profoundly moving as it constantly asked the loaded question: "how does one create something good, of something so terrible". An emotional and raw debut from Dean that cast light upon the plight of those who have been psychologically abused during childhood. - Amy (QBD)
, 21/01/2021
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Abigail Dean creatively uses her past experience as a lawyer to formulate an English Gothic piece. It Delves into the fear and Trauma that Lex has to Relive from her childhood. It shows how truely horrified you could be of the people you should trust the most, even after they are gone. - Christopher (QBD)
, 21/01/2021
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The cover might fool you that this will be like any other thriller - but you'd be wrong. Girl A takes you on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. It'll make you look around you and hold your close ones a bit tighter. A truly harrowing read. - Layla (QBD)
, 21/01/2021
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Girl A will shake you to the core. This not a typical mystery novel It is a dark survival story and about the pieces left behind from traumatic experiences. Girl A was a tough and disturbing read at times but one you will glad you did. - Michael (QBD)
, 20/01/2021
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A heartbreaking debut, Girl A is the story of Lex, who, along with her siblings, endured a horrific childhood in their home dubbed 'The House of Horrors'. When her mother dies in prison, Lex and her sister try to turn their horror into something good. A sensitively written take on child abuse and the impacts it can have, Girl A is a must read. - Megan (QBD)
, 19/01/2021

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