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Wednesday, 3 February 2021

#BookReview GIRL A by ABIGAIL DEAN #GirlA



'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.




This was a story that was enthralling and horrific in equal measures! The narrator - Lexie - is the perfect one to tell the story of the house of horrors she grew up in. She is known as Girl A, the one who escaped, and this is her story of how she tried to turn her life around and the horrifying prospect of going back to the house after her mother dies. Can she bare to face the past?

The treatment of Lexie and her siblings will shock you to the core! The fact that her own parents saw fit to abuse them mentally and physically over a number of years is just terrifying. Did the local community know what was going on or did they choose to ignore it?

For Girl A once she escaped, her life was full of hospital stays and psychiatrists. Just how do you help someone who has been through this trauma move on with their life? It was also so fascinating to see how the events affected her siblings as they did cover a wide age range.

There are looks in the story at things that had gone on in the parents lives that may have affected their ability to show compassion and treat their children in the right way, but you're just left feeling disgust at how they could have treated their own children in this way.

Lexie as a character had such a traumatising story to tell and I think that is what made it so fascinating. The way her treatment in the past affects the way she expects people to treat her now and it was engrossing to see her hardened outlook on life and relationships.

A brutal and emotional read, with many twists and turns to take your breath away!


My thanks to the team at Harpercollins for the advanced reading copy in return for a fair and honest review.

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