by Abigail Dean
On Sale: February 2, 2021
Hardcover: 352 Pages
She thought she had escaped her past. But there are some things you can’t outrun.
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, the eldest sister who freed her older brother and four younger siblings. It’s been easy enough to avoid her parents–her father never made it out of the House of Horrors he created, and her mother spent the rest of her life behind bars. But 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 home into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her siblings–and with the childhood they shared.
What begins as a propulsive tale of escape and survival becomes a gripping psychological family story about the shifting alliances and betrayals of sibling relationships–about the secrets our siblings keep, from themselves and each other. Who have each of these siblings become? How do their memories defy or galvanize Lex’s own? As Lex pins each sibling down to agree to her family’s final act, she discovers how potent the spell of their shared family mythology is, and who among them remains in its thrall and who has truly broken free.
“Abigail Dean wastes no time diving into the wreckage of the Gracie clan… [Girl A] often reads more like a slow-burn character study, though it’s richer for it.” —Entertainment Weekly “The height of a pandemic might not be the ideal time to read a novel about six English children held captive at home and abused by their deranged parents. But put your fears aside or you’ll miss out on a stunning debut…compelling.”—Washington Post “A novel that’s psychologically astute and written with flair. In the traditional new year battle between much touted first thrillers it’s the clear winner.” —Sunday Times (UK)
“Nothing short of astonishing… Rarely does a novel offer up such unique plotting, such heart-stopping psychological drama, and such a rich portrayal of its inhabitants. A modern-day classic.” —Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Goodbye Man and The Bone Collector “Sensational… gripping, haunting and beautiful written.” —Richard Osman, international bestselling author of The Thursday Murder Club “A haunting, powerful book, the mystery at its heart not who committed a crime, but how to carry on with life in its aftermath… the suppressed tension acts like the winding back of a slingshot, which about halfway through the novel suddenly rockets forward, propelling the story through scenes of genuine fear to its moving, pitch-perfect ending… Dean tells this story with such nuance and humanity, you’re desperate to step into its pages.” —Flynn Berry, The New York Times