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Girl A: The Sunday Times and New York Times global best seller, an astonishing new crime thriller debut novel from the biggest literary fiction voice of 2021 Kindle Edition
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Girl A is truly my idea of the perfect book: gripping and beautifully written, with complex (and often chilling) characters that are fully realised, and hard to forget. I'll be thinking about this for a long, long time, so... Believe the hype - it really is that good. --Katie Lowe, author of The Furies A searing, gripping tale of love, loss and survival that exposes the bare bones of humanity and explores how victims cope long after the headlines stop rolling. One of the most compelling novels I've read in a long time. --Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars and The Foundling Terrifyingly gripping. --Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown Emotionally complex and beautifully written, with shades of Gillian Flynn and Ali Land, the dark secrets of Girl A unfold with such cool confidence that I kept having to remind myself that this was a debut. Incredibly impressive. --Catherine Ryan Howard, author of The Nothing Man --This text refers to the library edition.
- ASIN : B07Z5J6SJ2
- Publisher : HarperCollins (21 January 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1326 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 334 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,425 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Edit: I have to add that I kept thinking the story was real and if I googled it I’d find their names and faces, photographs and articles etc mentioned in the story. Everything she wrote was just so profoundly REAL and that, I suppose, is what made it such a powerful read.
For anyone who is worried about this topic, there was no sexual abuse.
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There are times when you can appreciate the quality of someone's writing, but without really enjoying the book. This was one of those occasions.
I had heard such good things about this novel and I was really looking forward to reading it. It is generally well written, with some evocative use of language, but, after an encouraging opening, the story never really drew me in and made me engage with the characters. The premise was appealing and there was plenty of potential for heart wrenching, emotional feeling to be evoked. However, I was never quite drawn to that point and found it all a bit flat.
Stylistically, the narrative was also awkward to follow at times and I found myself having to re-read sections to ensure that I had picked things up correctly. This was mostly due to frequent switches of time frame in the narrative, without any clear indication of the change. This may be a case of the author employing a literary device to try to reflect the state of Lex's mind, but, if that was the intention, I am not convinced that it achieved its aim.
This seems to be marketed as a mystery thriller, but I would view more as a psychological character study into coping with and surviving a major trauma. In this respect, the writer addresses some serious issues in a candid and sometimes interesting way, but I can't help feeling that the most fascinating elements had already been covered in the first quarter of the book and the remainder of the story largely retreads the same ground.
Some other early reviewers have scored this highly, so perhaps they have managed to derive something from this that just eluded me.
Girl A is a gripping and excellently written novel that’s dark and edgy as you become absorbed in it from the first page. Lex Gracie is the perfect narrator, as she recounts her and her sibling’s childhood, in the house of horrors they grew up in with their parents.
It’s how they’ve all found their own ways to deal with what happened to them. And Lex finding the courage to confront their horrific past and learn the true power of forgiveness and moving on.
Girl A is a novel I read in one entire sitting. I didn’t stop until I had finished it. It’s a story that radiates power. It will change you. it’s heart-wrenching at times, the twist in it and the ending are heartbreaking but feel oddly right and satisfying. It’s truly the most powerful and unforgettable debut novel from an author we have ever read.
Abigail Dean has written a story that will be talked about for generations to come. It’s a book you will never forget reading.
It’s been marketed and reviewed in places as ‘dark and disturbing’ and yes, there are some parts that are difficult to read and imagine. But the abuse the characters suffered as children is implied rather than graphically detailed. There are also parts of the book that have genuine humour in them, and - by the end - the whole thing feels actually much more inspiring and life-affirming than negative.
I also have to say that there is a fantastic twist. Perhaps some people might see it coming but my jaw genuinely dropped. It was brilliant and really turned the book on its head for me.
All in all, this is a really accomplished debut novel and one that will stay with me. I’d highly recommend it to other people - in fact, I already have and my friends have echoed my thoughts too so far!
Lex is a someone I won't forget in a long while. I actually cannot wait for more from Abigail Dean. A tour de force in A world faced with mediocrity at every turn.