Updated: May 14, 2021
Girl A by Abigail Dean
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.
Girl A is being hailed as the biggest mystery thriller since Gone Girl and soon to be a TV show. This is the main reason I’ve chosen this book, since it’s number 1 already in the fiction charts, but I need to get in there before it’s already a drama on the television. After all, the Author is the person who allows for the story to unfold in front of your eyes so their depiction is always going to be better than anything visual.
Abigail Dean graduated from Cambridge with a Double First in English. She now works as a lawyer for Google, and is currently writing her second novel, The Conspiracies. I won’t hesitate to be selecting that book that’s for sure. I almost cannot believe that this is her first novel. It’s so expertly crafted in every single way – the description; the storyline; the emotional connection. You certainly feel as though you are in the hands of a competent seasoned Author. She was certainly born to write.
The description in every single sentence, is the best writing I have ever read. The premise of the story takes your breath away, the characterisation of Lex, Girl A is just incredible. Truly powerful.
Seriously though this is such a page-turner. I read all 330 odd pages in three days. I was literally joyous to go to bed just to get 2- or 3-hours in.
Needless to say, the story has its teary moments including the end but also with a sense of satisfaction. I would say with absolutely honesty that this is probably the best book I've read.
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Review dated: 05.02.2021