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Meisje A

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  198 reviews
‘Ik ben Alexandra Gracie en ik ben vijftien jaar. U moet de politie bellen.’

Talloze keren oefende Lex Gracie deze zinnen voordat ze uit het huis van haar ouders wist te ontsnappen: gewond, vuil en ernstig vermagerd. Als haar moeder jaren later in de gevangenis overlijdt en het ouderlijk huis aan haar kinderen nalaat, maakt Lex – inmiddels jurist – samen met haar zusje Evi
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 19th 2021 by HarperCollins
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breathtaking, remarkably intense, dark story of survivor girl who accomplished to escape from House of Horrors! Yes, he storyline already hooked me from the first chapter!

Get ready to read something shake you so hard! Your emotions will be everywhere as you witness the six children’s provocative, disturbing, extremely sad abuse, neglect story! This is one of the effective books will haunt you down and leave a permanent scar at your soul!

I have to admit this is not gripping mystery book. It’s a
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alexandra Gracie is Girl A, now a successful New York based lawyer at the age of 15 she escaped the ‘House of Horrors’ in England where she and her siblings suffered neglect and abuse.

This is an extremely well written multilayered debut which via Lexi’s narrative examines how characters survive childhood trauma in varying ways. It is absorbing and compelling reading and although it demonstrates the horrifying events of the children’s childhood at the hands of their parents it is never gratuitou
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lex, Girl A, is the survivor and savior of her siblings from their parents’ home where they were starved and incarcerated. We’ve all read accounts of these horrifying houses but what happens to these kids afterwards? And, how does something so shockingly abusive affect them as adults given that each child was clinically treated differently and raised in different homes? These questions are answered as Lex confronts her siblings with a plan to convert their inherited family home into a community ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Girl A is another much hyped book and I was interested see how it would play out. It is a heartbreaking and disturbing read, focusing on a tough subject so it was never going to be hearts and flowers. It was a hard read at times but one that I am glad I have read.

This is the story of Girl A. Her real name is Lex and she survived the House of Horrors. She managed to escape from her parents and was separated from her siblings. Now she must reconnect with them in order to execute her mother’s will.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lex and her siblings grew up in her parents house of horrors, she managed to escape and was known as “Child A the girl who survived”

When Lex’s mother dies in prison, she is asked to be the executor of her mother’s will, as she has left her their childhood home and £20,000 to be shared between her siblings.

Along with her sister Evie’s help, she wants to turn the house into something good but will need to get her other siblings to agree. Lex has to face the childhood that she had left behind and
Sally Hepworth
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED. This will be a slam-dunk, sure fire bestseller.
Louise Wilson
*** Trigger Warning *** There's some Sexual, Emotional and Physical Abuse covered in this story.

Lex Gracie doesn't want to think about her family. She doesn't want to think about growing up in hr parents' House of Horrors. She doesn't want to think of her identy as Girl A: the girl who escaped when her mother died in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can't run from her past any longer. Toghther with her sister Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Viking Penguin Books for the ARC of Girl A by Abigail Dean. I had the good fortune of participating in a Zoom interview with the author and publisher before reading this book.

Lex is Girl A, a survivor of the House of Horrors. When her mother dies in prison, she and her siblings inherit the family home. Consequently, she is forced to come to terms with what happened to herself and her siblings in that house long ago. She vows to turn the house into a community center i
Jo Spain
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down. A sensitively written portrayal of a traumatic subject. My only gripe; it's being marketed as a thriller/crime fiction and that's a stretch. It does have a twist or two, but it's more a drama than crime novel and I was a little disappointed when I realised whatever I was waiting for to happen, would not be happening. That took away from it slightly but through no fault of the author or the book. Highly recommended read. ...more
Karen Barber
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Girl A is not an easy read, but it’s a fascinating one.
At the age of fifteen our main character, Lex, fled her home - dubbed the ‘House of Horrors’ by the press - and then people learn the shocking truth about her home life. Now a successful lawyer, Lex has some understandable issues and things she does to protect herself from the trauma she lived through. These become more apparent when she is asked to be the executor of her mother’s will.
As Lex deals with the realities of managing an estate of
Liz Barnsley
Girl A is beautifully written and has a fascinating central theme, as such it is likely to do very well and rightly so.

However I maybe wasnt as enamoured of it as a few advance readers who have come before me....subjectively speaking I enjoyed it without ever tipping over into the kind of bookish obsession that grips me.

The characters are well drawn and compelling for sure - the exploration of survival and resettlement after trauma is well done. After the first third though I didn't feel it offe
Katerina  Kondrenko
8 out of 10

That was impressing. I hardly read adult fiction these days, Girl A was my work task and I'm glad I had a chance to know this story. Abigail Dean's writing is succinct and deep. The book wasn't short, but each word was needed. And that magic when you read simple sentences about simple things and start to cry... I forgot when I did it last time. In this story, there are no 100% good or bad characters,—yes, some you like a bit more while some you hate with more power—only grey-moral
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
Thanks to NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Alexandra is Girl A, a survivor of the Gracie House of Horrors. Under her father’s fanatical regime, she and her siblings were confined to their rooms, skeletal and chained to their beds. Lex was the one to escape and alert the authorities, turning their lives into the most fascinating true crime story in recent memory. Years later, following the death of her mother at a secure women’s unit, she is tasked with being the executor
Vikki Patis
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I won't be alone in being sceptical about books which are heralded as the biggest thing months before publication, and yet with this book, the publishing world has got it exactly right. It's hard to believe that Girl A is a debut novel, with a depth and style which shows that Dean has a true talent for writing. It is fast-paced and utterly impossible to put down, and yet there were also times where the tension was too much, and I had to pull myself away, just for a second, to remind mysel ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brpreview
‘You don’t know me, but you’ve seen my face.’

Alexandra Gracie, now a successful lawyer based in New York, tries to keep her family in the background. As ‘Girl A’, she is the one who escaped her family home, the ‘House of Horrors’, where she and her siblings were neglected and abused. But the death of her mother in prison requires Alexandra to return to the UK to deal with her mother’s estate.

As I read this novel, I was overwhelmed by questions about how abuse victims can be invisible for so long
LianaReads blog
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard to read at times because it touches so many difficult topics and the main heroine is really considered a survivor.
Told in then and now times, the story goes back and forward to all the unimaginable abuses that her and her siblings had to go through all those years from her parents.
It’s not a story for everyone but it’s a good book overall especially if you don’t have any triggers.
Tracy Fenton
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girl A by Abigail Dean is being published in January 2021 and is being marketed as “the biggest fiction debut of 2021”, and “the book that will define a decade”. Those are quite powerful statements so I started the book with my expectations much higher than usual.

The book is narrated by Lex, now a successful lawyer living in the USA, who grew up with her 6 siblings in her parents house which is known as “The House of Horrors” – a victim of horrific abuse and neglect at the hands of her parents,
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping, heartbraking and in places a gut wrenching read. The powerful story of the Gracie family. The children who were saved from this abhorrent House of Horrors. A dark, edgy and harrowing insight into the lives of these children. How their futures were moulded by what they had been through. How each in their own ways move on and try to learn to forgive. This is a difficult read in places but I just had to keep on reading. I was rooting for the Gracie children and this book will stay in my ...more
I think I’m probably the odd one out here but I didn’t love this book. It wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination but I wasn’t gripped or captivated. I didn’t feel a great connection to any of the characters and I found the ending a bit underwhelming. I do wonder if this is a case of the over-hyped book and what I’d have thought of it if I’d never heard of it before? I guess we’ll never know. Do still give it a go though, just because it was a 5 star read for me, doesn’t mean it won’t be fo ...more
Jillian Doherty
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished it over the weekend, and needed to sit with it for a bit before sharing how poignantly effective this story is to read.

As harrowing as it is righteous! This isn't a simple coming of age story where we experience all the characters feels - it's visceral experience - dark, bruiting, haunting, illustrated in a mature modern voice.

I also love when a story is told out of sequence - as well as offering an ending you enjoy as it's not at all what you'd see evolving.

If you enjoy Rena Olsen
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read a few reviews, I was a bit wary of Girl A due to the subject matter, which sounded very dark and disturbing. It is, but it shouldn’t put you off reading it.

Alexandra Gracie is Girl A - the one who escaped, aged fifteen, from her parents’ House of Horrors, leading also to the rescue of her siblings. (I’d initially expected a kind of Fred West scenario, perhaps because of the House of Horrors tag, but it’s not that - Lex’s parents are “only” abusive to their own children, keeping them
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK Harper Fiction for the arc of Girl A by Abigail Dean.

5 star read for me- This is a great read, a quick one for me, I loved this so much, very gripping read, recommend to all, such a great read for me, i enjoyed it very much you won't be disappointed.
Cleopatra  Pullen
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
An excellent read that I presume takes its inspiration from a recent case that became newsworthy in the US but I'm glad to say the author has rung the changes not least by placing the events in the UK.

With the story set from the perspective from the girl that escaped the author shows how the incremental changes that led to the horrifying discovery of her siblings tied to a bed may, or may not have happened in the inspiration too. It also doesn't end the story with the discovery but begins to exp
This was just a sampler of Girl A and now am very intrigued to read the whole book!

I have already put this on my BooksTo Buy Wishlist for this year.

I highly recommend this book for those that love mystery/thrillers.

#GirlA #NetGalley
Shannon Dyer
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, thriller, arc
Round up to 4.5 stars.
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous debut. This is a tragic story. It leaves you in no doubt what happened to Girl A and her siblings during their childhood, but without being overly graphic. It deserves its tag line of a hotly anticipated 2021 read, recommended!
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arc
Girl A is a heartbreaking novel that follows Lex Gracie in both past and present, as she navigates back to London, following the death of her mother.

Lex is the one that got away, that escaped from the chains that kept her locked to her bed. That broke the window, ran from the “House of Horrors” and found help for herself (at 15) and her siblings. In the aftermath, those siblings were all placed in separate adoptive families.

Now back in London, Lex has to find her siblings once again to settle
Debbie Howells
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful, compelling debut novel, about Lex and her siblings, who escape horrific childhood abuse. Given the subject matter, Lex's narrative isn't always an easy read, but is delicately handled and is a window into the impact of childhood trauma.
The story is layered and brilliantly told. Abigail's writing is sublime. A highly recommended read.
Katie Khan
Beautifully written and elegantly structured, Girl A is being touted by publisher HarperCollins as 'the book that will define a decade'. The story follows Lex Gracie, known to the public as 'Girl A', who escaped abuse at the hands of her religiously fanatical parents as a teenager, held captive inside their family home known in the press as 'The House of Horrors'. After the death of her mother some years later, Lex must revisit what happened to her and her siblings.

I really must take my hat off
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Girl A' by Abigail Dean is a tough read. It is harrowing in its depiction of childhood abuse, violence and the psychological scars which result from such experiences. It is stunning that this is Dean's debut novel as she takes some incredibly difficult themes, and a complex narrative web of past and present colliding, and sequences the events with great skill to immerse the reader in the dark past and bleak present of the Gracie family.

Lex is a survivor of the Gracie 'House of Horrors'. One of
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