Books Fiction review Suspense

Girl A by Abigail Dean – Review

Genre: Suspense
Published: February 2021
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Pages: 328
My Rating: /5

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

Abigail Dean, Girl A


At 15, Lex Gracie escaped her parents House of Horrors, from that day she was known as Girl A. Now a successful lawyer living in New York, she has come a long way since her traumatic past. When her mother dies in jail and leaves Lex and her siblings with the family home, she returns to the place where these events took place and plans on turning it into a place for good. In process she has to face some difficult truths about her past.

This was an absolutely stunning debut novel! Gripping, heartbreaking and full of suspense. This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 and I completely lived up to my expectations.

Dont you ever get tired, she said, of hating them?

Not really, I said. No.

Girl A is the story about overcoming childhood trauma. It is a heavy and emotional read and will stay with me for a very long time. There are themes of neglect and physical abuse as well as the emphasis on sibling dynamics as children and as adults.

We learn how this trauma has affected the siblings lives into adulthood and how each of them deals with it in a different manner. The story of their childhood unfolds as the book progresses, from present to past. Each chapter is based on a sibling, but the story is told from Lexs POV.

Childhood trauma can have lasting effects on a developing child, there are social issues regarding integration into society as well as how it impacts their relationships. The story is not just about Lex and her siblings, but also about how it affects the people in their lives.

The fact that I finished this as quickly as I did while trying to pack up a house for a move says a lot. I could not put it down. I am excited to see more from this author.

Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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