Girl A

Girl A

Abigail Dean

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A4 153x234mm
336 pages
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Book Overview

‘Sensational. Gripping, haunting, and beautifully written’ RICHARD OSMAN

‘Haunting, powerful, with a pitch-perfect ending’ THE NEW YORK TIMES

‘The biggest mystery thriller since Gone Girl’ ELLE
‘Incendiary, beautifully written debut’ Guardian
‘Psychologically astute, adroitly organised, written with flair’ Sunday Times
‘An astonishing achievement.’ JESSIE BURTON
‘Gripping, beautifully written perfection.’ SOPHIE HANNAH
‘A masterpiece.’ LOUISE O’NEILL
‘Fantastic.’ PAULA HAWKINS

‘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.



‘Terrifyingly gripping’ SUSIE STEINER
‘Beautiful’ ADELE PARKS
‘Incredibly well written, devastating in a good way, and intriguing to the last page’ LIZ NUGENT
‘I was obsessed by it. As close to perfect as thrillers get’ JOHN MARRS
‘A gripping debut’ Oprah magazine
One of Marie Claire, Waterstones and Grazia’s best books for 2021
A Sunday Times No.2 bestseller for w/e 6/2/21
A New York Times bestseller

About the author

Abigail Dean was born in Manchester, and grew up in the Peak District. She graduated from Cambridge with a Double First in English. Formerly a Waterstones bookseller, she spent five years as a lawyer in London, and took last summer off to work on her debut novel, Girl A, ahead of her thirtieth birthday. She now works as a lawyer for Google, and is currently writing her second novel.


  • ‘Sensational’ RICHARD OSMAN
  • ‘Psychologically astute, written with flair. In the new year battle between first thrillers it’s the clear winner’ SUNDAY TIMES
  • ‘Superb. Authentic, humane and full of hope’ GUARDIAN
  • ‘The novel you’ll stay up reading until 3am’ SUNDAY TIMES STYLE
  • ‘Powerful, evocative and accomplished’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
  • ‘Astonishingly good’ OBSERVER
  • ‘VC Andrews for Generation Z’ THE TIMES
  • ‘An unmissable debut. Absorbing and powerful’ DAILY EXPRESS
  • ‘This haunting, bruising drama has a gut-punch of a twist’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
  • ‘A powerful read, an astonishing debut’ PRIMA
  • ‘A gripping and eerie read’ BBC ONLINE
  • ‘A riveting page-turner, full of hope in the face of despair’ SOPHIE HANNAH for THE GUARDIAN
  • ‘Deft yet devastating. An astonishing achievement’ JESSIE BURTON
  • ‘Utter genius’ JOANNA CANNON
  • ‘A masterpiece’ LOUISE O’NEILL
  • ‘Terrifyingly gripping’ SUSIE STEINER
  • ‘Fantastic, I loved it’ PAULA HAWKINS
  • ‘Dark, compelling’ JANE FALLON
  • ‘Incredibly well written, devastating in a good way’ LIZ NUGENT
  • ‘A scorcher of a debut’ EMMA GANNON
  • ‘Girl A gives you no option but to put your life on pause’ STACEY HALLS
  • ‘Pitch black, but with such a thread of tenderness’ BETH MORREY
  • ‘A modern-day classic’ JEFFERY DEAVER
  • ‘Beautiful’ ADELE PARKS
  • ‘Insanely gripping’ MARIAN KEYES
  • ‘Remarkable’ CHRIS WHITAKER
  • ‘Tremendously accomplished’ JANE CASEY
  • ‘Powerful, immersive’ HARRIET TYCE
  • ‘Intense, haunting, powerful’ T.M. LOGAN
  • ‘A gripping novel’ OPRAH MAGAZINE
  • ‘The biggest mystery thriller since Gone Girl’ ELLE
  • ‘Grips from the first page’ THE BOOKSELLER
  • ‘One of 2021’s biggest debuts’ COSMOPOLITAN
  • ‘A dark thriller with a heartbreaking twist’ RED
  • ‘You won’t be able to put it down’ HELLO
  • ‘Brilliant’ THE SUN