DEAD GIRLS by Abigail Tarttelin – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

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“The walls are bare, cold, like a hospital. She paces to the locked door and then back to the wall. … The day the door opens, Thera will be ready. She will be prepared.” 

Abigail Tartellin has been called a fearless writer. Her new novel, DEAD GIRLS (RareBirdBooks) is a riveting novel that traces one girl’s journey to understand what happened to her best friend, and what it might mean to be a girl.

Eastcastle, England in the late 1990s is a peaceful, rural community where children disappear into wheat fields to play until nightfall. There are no mobile phones and no cause to worry. For families, it’s a place that allows the ultimate freedom, and this is the way eleven-year-old Thera Wilde and her friends are brought up: free.

So when Thera’s best friend goes missing, Thera assumes Billie is off on another adventure. Then detectives come to question Thera at school, and she realises the worst has happened. Thera starts to ask, what is a pervert? Why are girls particularly at risk? And why do the men around her think she’s theirs to touch? Questions the adults around her don’t want to answer.

Meanwhile, Billie has entered the realm of the dead girls; the girls that go missing and who no one finds. Does Thera really see her ghost, or is she hallucinating, mentally marked by the horror of losing her friend? The investigation continues. The rural police are slow, and overwhelmed by the unexpected nature of the case.

Urged on by what she believes to be Billie’s ghost, Thera decides to find out what happened to her friend. It’s the 90s. Girls can do anything. Thera will hunt down the killer herself.

DEAD GIRLS is a fiercely feminist portrayal of a young women’s grief and determination in the face of unbearable loss, as well as a smart, suspenseful exploration of how we talk to girls about the men who would hurt them.

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Abigail Jane Kathryn Tarttelin is an English novelist who began her career as an actress. Her second book, Golden Boy, was described as a “dazzling debut” by Oprah’s Book Club.

http://www.abigailtarttelin.com

Thanks to Rare Bird Books we have one copy to giveaway.  Just tell us one book you’re looking forward to reading this fall. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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43 thoughts on “DEAD GIRLS by Abigail Tarttelin – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

  1. This book sounds very intriguing and like a very good page turner, and one that probably everybody should read. Thank you for sharing this book review. Now that i learned about this book, I would love to read it for sure, so I would look forward to reading Dead Girls. I will be adding it to my TBR list.

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