Girl A by Abigail Dean
What’s it about?
Girl A escaped from a "house of horrors" (of her parents making) when she was fifteen and subsequently all of her siblings were found and released as well. Years later Girl A is a successful attorney still grappling with her past. When her mother dies in prison and names her as the executor to her will she must interact with her siblings once again.
What did it make me think about?
Should I read it?
It was easy to turn the pages of this book- but often hard to read. I would recommend this book to anyone that loved "Room" by Emma Donoghue. Different writers and different stories, but the same level of intensity.
"But my past wasn't something that could be left behind us on a footpath or in a cluttered house in a distant city."
If you liked this try-
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
Room by Emma Donoghue
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Winner of the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Fiction
Finalist for the 2021 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel
Finalist for the 2021 Dylan Thomas Prize
Longlisted for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
Longlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!