The next Girl On A Train? Girl A is set to be the next big literary hit

A new crime novel that draws on some of the most horrific child abuse cases in recent memory is tipped to be one of the year’s biggest literary releases. 

Girl A tells the story of six siblings held hostage and terrorised by their parents — and the daughter who is the first to escape and alert the authorities.  

It is the debut novel from Abigail Dean, a 32-year-old Google lawyer living in London who took three months off work to begin writing. 

The finished manuscript sparked a nine-way bidding war in the UK, eventually fetching a ‘major six-figure sum’, according to the Guardian

Debut sensation: Girl A is the debut novel from Abigail Dean (pictured) a 32-year-old Google lawyer living in London who took three months off work to begin writing. It is tipped to be a hit

Debut sensation: Girl A is the debut novel from Abigail Dean (pictured) a 32-year-old Google lawyer living in London who took three months off work to begin writing. It is tipped to be a hit

Debut sensation: Girl A is the debut novel from Abigail Dean (pictured) a 32-year-old Google lawyer living in London who took three months off work to begin writing. It is tipped to be a hit

The North American rights went for seven figures and it has already been optioned for a TV series.

The book tells the story of each of the six abused children, but it starts with the death of their mother in prison, seen through the eyes of Alexandra Gracie (Lex) — the daughter who escaped and is known to the Press as Girl A. 

It paints a picture of the torture the children suffered at the hands of their over-bearing, religious, fanatic father and explores the effects of trauma and the horrors of the media spotlight. 

Dean was inspired by a number of real-life cases, including California couple David and Louise Turpin who kept their 13 children in a ‘House of Horrors’. 

The Turpins were sentenced on to life in prison in 2019 after pleading guilty to neglect and abuse of 12 of their 13 children. 

The couple had beaten and chained their children, forcing them to live in squalid conditions with little time in the outside world. The abuse and neglect was so severe it stunted their children’s growth, led to muscle wasting and left two of their daughters unable to bear children. 

True crime: Girl A tells the story of six siblings held hostage and terrorised by their parents — and the daughter who is the first to escape and alert the authorities. It was inspired by a number of real-life cases, including California's 'House of Horrors' family (pictured)

True crime: Girl A tells the story of six siblings held hostage and terrorised by their parents — and the daughter who is the first to escape and alert the authorities. It was inspired by a number of real-life cases, including California's 'House of Horrors' family (pictured)

True crime: Girl A tells the story of six siblings held hostage and terrorised by their parents — and the daughter who is the first to escape and alert the authorities. It was inspired by a number of real-life cases, including California’s ‘House of Horrors’ family (pictured)

Dean also read about Jasmine Block, a Minnesota teenager who was kept captive for a month and repeatedly assaulted after being abducted from her family home in 2017. 

She finally escaped and swam across a lake to freedom, where she was found injured but alive. 

‘From those cases and a few others I saw the power of teenage girls to escape and be incredibly strong,’ Dean told the Guardian. ‘That was something I wanted to think about in terms of Lex, her resilience and intelligence in the face of a devastating experience.’

Among the other cases she researched was that of Fred and Rose West.  

However Dean wanted to focus on the aftermath of the abuse, rather than the fear of whether the children would get out of the house. 

Survivor: Author Abigail Dean was also inspired by abduction survivors like Jasmine Block, pictured, who escaped and swam to safety after a month in captivity

Survivor: Author Abigail Dean was also inspired by abduction survivors like Jasmine Block, pictured, who escaped and swam to safety after a month in captivity

Survivor: Author Abigail Dean was also inspired by abduction survivors like Jasmine Block, pictured, who escaped and swam to safety after a month in captivity 

She continued: ‘You have the reassurance at the start that Lex is OK, then it’s a case of the years that follow – what then? 

‘Once the headlines have been recycled, what happens to the people who have been at the heart of these things? How do you live in the aftermath of that?’

January is traditionally a month when publishers release their anticipated best-sellers. Girl On A Train was among the hit titles released at the start of the year. Its author Paula Hawkins is full of praise for Girl A, saying she ‘loved it’. 

Industry title The Bookseller said it expects Girl A to be ‘one of the biggest’ fiction debuts of 2021. 

Best-selling author Jeffery Deaver added: ‘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.’

Dean is now working on a second novel and juggles writing with her day job at Google. 

Girl A by Abigail Dean, published by Harper Collins, £14.99, out now

Link hienalouca.com

Advertising:

Tips to Find Low Priced Luxury Holiday Package Deals Fast

For most families, it has already been a common practice to spend the Holiday season in a foreign location. This is caused by the aviation market changes which have given a lot of benefits for people who travel a lot. Airfares going to different tourist destinations are becoming more inexpensive. What does this mean? If there is a perfect time to purchase luxury holiday package deals, now it the right time! Based on the market trend nowadays, you can save both money and time when you go for a luxury holiday. There are countless offers that combine travel and accommodation in one package which is a lot cheaper than getting separate deals. Aside from that, it is also risky to individually book the services that you need for the vacation. You might end up missing out on some important details of the trip. Unlike when you take advantage of luxury holiday package deals, you can be sure that everything is organized meticulously and according to what you really need. Nonetheless, you would still need to carefully select the package that would fit your needs. Review the following tips in getting packages that are reasonably priced. · Normally, luxury tour packages include accommodation, flight travel and transportation to individual tourist destinations. It would be best to choose the complete package so you won’t have to worry about other vacation elements. In addition to that, these are the packages that have the biggest discounts. · You can get big mark down prices, if you will purchase more packages. It is not a bad idea to share the wonderful moment with your loved ones. By doing so, you would not only enjoy, you will also save more money. You can even use your savings for other activities on your vacation. · It would be best to know how much you are willing to pay for the luxury tour packages. You can already work around your budget. You have to stick to your budget. If not, you might end up spending a lot and you will be left with less money for your vacation. · Prices may vary depending on the destination of the tour. You can do a research about places that are attractive yet inexpensive. There are thousands of destinations and you just have to choose wisely. · There are packages that include recreational activities. This means that you are paying for all the activities when you purchase these packages. The right thing to do is to make sure that the activities that are included would be the ones that you really enjoy. There is no sense in paying for activities that will not really make your vacation memorable. If you are going with friends, you should also consider their preferences so that you can be sure that everyone will enjoy the trip. There are other ways on how you can be sure that you are getting the best deal for your luxury holiday vacation. No matter how you choose to do it, you have to get adequate information about the packages. This will help you determine whether it is worth the price.

(Total views: 4 Time, 1 visits per day)

Leave a Reply