Abigail Dean: Girl A


‘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.

Beautifully written and incredibly powerful, Girl A is a story of redemption, of horror, and of love.


It is incredibly difficult to believe that Girl A is Dean’s debut novel. Her writing is absolutely brilliant and I was drawn into their lives immediately. Their stories are compelling and Dean explores a range of psychological issues in detail. These are often uncomfortable to read about, but they all add depth to the overall plot.

I love a novel with an unreliable narrator and Lex is certainly one of these! Although Lex narrates the whole novel, each separate chapter looks at the lives of each of her siblings in more detail. The character development is a real strength of Dean’s writing and although they have each gone through a similar ordeal, they are all affected in different ways and this really comes through and makes it even more realistic.

It is difficult to say much more without giving away spoilers but it is safe to say Girl A is a book that made a huge impression on me and I will be looking out for more from this author.

Girl A is available from Amazon

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