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The Girl in the Green Dress

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How far would you go to protect your child?

Can you really keep them safe? What if who they are puts them at risk?

And what if they have blood on their hands?

Teenager Allie Kennaway heads off for prom night, cheered on by her dad Steve and little sister Teagan. But Allie never comes home, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity. As police investigathands?

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 21st 2017 by Constable
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Paromjit
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cath Staincliffe writes top notch crime fiction which everyone who reads the genre should read. Set in Manchester, 18 year old Allie Kennaway is going to the Prom in a gorgeous green dress, with her close friends Bets and Helena. The girls are excitedly taking selfies whilst dad, Steve, is overflowing with pride at Allie, along with his 12 year old daughter, Teagan. Later that same night, Allie is discovered dead in the city centre, after a brutal and harrowing attack. DI Donna Bell, Manchester ...more
Louise Wilson
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Allie Kennaway goes to her prom night but never returns. She was beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity.

WOW!!! What a fantastic read this is. The pace the story unveils itself is steady. The plot line is believable and gripping. My heart went out to Allie's dad and her little sister Tegan. Allie's mum had died a few years ago. Cath Staincliffe has a terrific style in writing. She knows how to reel you in and won't let you go until you reach the
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Michael
When love and ménage meet pure hatred something's going to give and at times it will be a tragedy. That is what the Kennaway family face when teen Allie goes out with her friends to the school prom and never comes home. The news is devastating for father Steve and little sis Teagan when they are informed that Allie has been found beaten to death with the suspicion being that she was targeted because of her transgender identity.

With a nation appalled by the senselessness of the what h
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Nigel
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
In brief - Decent crime read with well enough worked twist. Not quite sure I was fully convinced but good writing from a decent author.

This book is set in Manchester and is about the killing of a teenage girl on a night out who turns out to be transsexual. The book tells parts of the story from differing perspectives of some of those concerned with events. Initially this appears to be a simple police murder case story and is perfectly readable. Then there is a twist. I have to say th
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MetLineReader
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018
I’ve had this book on my TBR pile since December. Not sure why it’s taken me so long to get round to reading it, but I should have read it sooner.

Really great book from this talented author - I loved her previous book, The Silence Between Breaths - and I enjoyed this one too.

Weaving multiple threads, we are introduced to several lead characters but the author’s style makes this easy to follow and you start to see how they all intertwine.

Whilst there’s lots of intrigue an
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Barbara
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I waivered between 3 and 4 stars on this but at the end, it wrapped up quite satisfactorily. Steve, a father of two, and widower, sends his elder daughter, Allie, age 18, to her end of secondary school dance and celebration. A few hours late, the police come to his house. Allie has been murdered. Allie is a transgender teen who after a few years of struggle at school, is experiencing support and acceptance. This detail is not a spoiler as the book's back cover reveals that this is the story of a ...more
Karen Barber
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you find yourself with tears on your cheeks upon finishing a book, you know the author’s got to you. Lots of unanswered questions at the close of this, with a description of a vigil that is tapping into a mood that’s been all too evident in Manchester this year but this book ended on a really hopeful note that should be celebrated.
Cath Staincliffe knows how to deliver a decent police procedural. We follow this investigation from start to a finish of sorts, learning some of the methods
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Lynn Fisher
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few of Cath Staincliffes books and they have all been crackers. This one is definitely my absolute favourite so far. She dealt with a difficult subject extremely well. The book started at a good pace and continued throughout and I couldn’t put it down. It left me feeling very emotional and it will stay with me for some time. I would love to see more of these detectives in future books. Would 100% recommend this book
LucyLui's Reviews
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Girl in the Green Dress by Cath Staincliffe



Title - The Girl in the Green Dress

Author - Cath Staincliffe

Published - April '18

Publisher - Constable

Genre - #MurderMystery #LGBT

Pages - 336

Price on Amazon - Paperback - £7.43 Kindle - £4.99

ISBN - 147215398



A young girl is murdered in Manchester town centre one evening. Police arrive at the scene and soon realise all is not what it seems. Al
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David Highton
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Basically a police procedural following a the murder of an 18 year old transgender girl, but written from the alternating perspective of the main players - read it in one sitting
Maggie
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Happy and excited, Allie went off to her prom with her friends. Hours later, after a 999 call she was found battered to death in an alley near where the prom had taken place.

Examination of the body revealed that she was transgender. Was that a motive? Was this a hate crime?

This story is told from various angles. From her father and little sister's perspective they are numb with shock. We also see the worries of a mother who wonders what is wrong with her son- why had he suddenly dec
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Tracy Fenton
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the outset you know you are in for a heartbreaking and thought-provoking roller coaster when reading anything written by Cath Staincliffe, so it comes as no surprise to know that this book really affected me and left me feeling like I’ve been through an emotional tsunami.

18 year old Allie Kennaway is excited to be going to her school prom with her two best friends to celebrate the end of school and the new chapter in her life. 4 hours later Allie is lying dead in a street, bruta
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Susan  Pola
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a first class novel. I loved it - dealing with a transgender teenager as a murder victim is very brave and very socially relevant. Cath's novels deal with real people and real issues, and I thoroughly enjoy her stories and the characters she brings to life.
Bring the tissues!
Karen Barber
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When you find yourself with tears on your cheeks upon finishing a book, you know the author’s got to you. Lots of unanswered questions at the close of this, with a description of a vigil that is tapping into a mood that’s been all too evident in Manchester this year but this book ended on a really hopeful note that should be celebrated.
Cath Staincliffe knows how to deliver a decent police procedural. We follow this investigation from start to a finish of sorts, learning some of the methods
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Magali
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't read mystery novels often. I feel like the whole "a woman dies, mystery ensues" is more of a overused trope than anything and I am bored of seeing women horribly dying as the beginning of a story. So most of the time I stay clear of that kind of books.

But I read someone talking about that book (I think it was on Goodread's blog ? Not sure) and the plot had a twist that made me want to read it. It's not that I want to see trans women horribly dying as the beginning of a novel more than I
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Vicki - I Love Reading
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Allie Kennaway is off to her school prom, an evening most teenager look forward to, a time to get dressed up and go out with friends and have some fun. That is what Allie has planned and as she’s ready for the off, her dad Steve couldn’t be any more proud of her.
The night doesn’t turn out to be much fun for Allie. Allie Kennaway age 18 is never to return home. Brutally murdered, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity.
A crime that has destroyed a family a
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Melanie O'Neill
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I gave this two stars but it would be a 2.5. I liked it but I think I wanted it to be a bit more exciting than it was. So it wasn't the best book for me. However it was an easy read that would appeal to others.
Clare
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Kat
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book it dealt with a difficult subject but did it with such sensitivity and care...4+ stars and well recommended if you want a great read
P.D.R. Lindsay
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very good read from a POV of one left behind.
Alex
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to punch everyone that said any transphobic or homophobic sentence. But it was a great storyline and can spread awareness of real-world problems.
Bev
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erin-11-0
A compelling crime thriller with the added "twist" that the victim is transgender (not a spoiler... I don't mean twist in the sense of something that's revealed halfway through). It's kind of a police procedural, but not fully because we also get the perspectives of the victim's family among others. Some characters are better developed and more believable than others, and I was wavering between a 3 and a 4 star, but decided on 4 rather than 3.5 because the end made me cry. I would definitely rea ...more
Windy
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good crime story with it being described from different viewpoints. Some new angles that I have not come across before
Breakaway Reviewers
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Prom night, a beautiful girl and a horrible crime.

Allie Kennaway goes to her Prom night but is beaten to death. Her family must try to understand how this could happen and how to continue without this beautiful girl who has gone through so much and was such an inspiration to them and all who met her. It is up to the police to find the evil perpetrators who committed this heinous hate-crime.

This is one fantastic book, a good old-fashioned detective story with a very real
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Tara Russell
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, fiction
This is a great book. 18 year old Allie goes out with her friends to a 6th form leavers party, but she never comes home. Allie has been beaten to death by two men, a hate crime provoked by the attackers' discovery that Allie was transgender.

The story cycles through multiple points of view: Allie's family, various police officers involved in the investigation and the parents of the attackers.

Each and every character is realistic and the book moves at a fast pace.

What I love about Cath Staincli
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Karen
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book by Cath Staincliffe, this one concentrates on the murder of a transgender teenager. It follows various characters n the story so you get to see what happens from lots of different angles. Thought-provoking, intriguing and a book I didn't want to stop reading. 9 out of 10
Sheri
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Recommend This Book

Strongly
Eighteen-year-old Allie Kennaway and her friends are off to their school prom, all dressed up in their finery and excited at the prospect of an evening of fun and dancing. But the evening ends in tragedy when Allie’s body is found in a street near the venue, the victim of a brutal attack. Allie happens to be transgender - is she the victim of a hate crime?

DI Donna Bell and her keen young DC Jade Bradshaw are charged to investigate the murder and
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Michelle B
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a police procedural book with a difference in so far as we hear from the victim’s family point of view almost as much as various members of the investigating police team.
At first I was not sure if I would like the “quick read” sections from various characters in the book but I soon got used to this and it added to my enjoyment. I felt it mirrored the high speed of the murder investigation and changing emotions as the family came to terms with the reality of their loss. The characters we
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Vicki - I Love Reading
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Allie Kennaway is off to her school prom, an evening most teenager look forward to, a time to get dressed up and go out with friends and have some fun. That is what Allie has planned and as she’s ready for the off, her dad Steve couldn’t be any more proud of her.
The night doesn’t turn out to be much fun for Allie. Allie Kennaway age 18 is never to return home. Brutally murdered, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity.
A crime that has destroyed a family a
...more
Adelyne
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book which starts off as what seems like a regular murder mystery (if you didn’t read the blurb on the back of the book!) then transpires into something more as the victim Allie Kennaway is revealed to be transgender in the early parts of the investigation. That is good, I always love a murder mystery. What does set this one apart from the rest though, is not just the fact that it’s a hate crime, but more with how the story is told from the point-of-view of the parents / police officers lookin ...more
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Cath Staincliffe is a best-selling, award-winning novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath's books have been short-listed for the British Crime Writers Association best first novel award, for the Dagger in the Library and selected as Le Masque de l'Année. In 2012 Cath won the CWA Short Story Dagger for Laptop, ...more