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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking (2 February 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593295846
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593295847
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.8 x 3.02 x 23.55 cm
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HAILED A BEST NEW BOOK OF 2021 BY MARIE CLAIRE, LITHUB, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, O MAGAZINE, WOMAN'S DAY, AND REDBOOK

Nothing short of astonishing... Rarely does a novel offer up such unique plotting, such heart-stopping psychological drama, and such a rich portrayal of its inhabitants. A modern-day classic. --Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Goodbye Man and The Bone Collector

Sensational... gripping, haunting and beautiful written. --Richard Osman, international bestselling author of The Thursday Murder Club

A haunting, powerful book, the mystery at its heart not who committed a crime, but how to carry on with life in its aftermath... the suppressed tension acts like the winding back of a slingshot, which about halfway through the novel suddenly rockets forward, propelling the story through scenes of genuine fear to its moving, pitch-perfect ending... Dean tells this story with such nuance and humanity, you're desperate to step into its pages. --Flynn Berry, The New York Times

Abigail Dean wastes no time diving into the wreckage of the Gracie clan... [Girl A] often reads more like a slow-burn character study, though it's richer for it. --Entertainment Weekly

The height of a pandemic might not be the ideal time to read a novel about six English children held captive at home and abused by their deranged parents. But put your fears aside or you'll miss out on a stunning debut...compelling.--Washington Post

A novel that's psychologically astute and written with flair. In the traditional new year battle between much touted first thrillers it's the clear winner." --Sunday Times (UK)

The biggest mystery thriller since Gone Girl." --Elle (UK)

A tour de force, beautifully written, richly imagined, and compulsively readable. Add to this its grave sometimes ominous tone, and the result is unforgettable." --Booklist (starred)

"This gripping story about family dynamics and the nature of human psychology will hold you tight all the way through." --Good Housekeeping

"[Dean] skillfully brings the complicated relationships among the siblings as well as the secrets they share into dramatic relief. This assured psychological thriller marks Dean as a writer to watch." --Publishers Weekly

It is rare for a novel to be so deft yet devastating. A story of terrible control but also irresistible humanity, Girl A is a portrait of survival, intelligence and love, and it will stay with me for a long time. A book of deep feeling, and an astonishing achievement. --Jessie Burton, author of the New York Times bestseller The Miniaturist

A riveting page-turner, full of hope in the face of despair. --Sophie Hannah, Guardian UK

Incendiary, beautifully written thriller debut. --Guardian (UK)

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

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Abigail Dean works as a lawyer for Google, and before that was a bookseller. She lives in London, and is working on her second novel.

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