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The Girl She Was

Alafair Burke



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Faber & Faber
05 January 2022
She calls herself Hope Miller, but she has no idea who she actually is.

Fourteen years ago, she was found, thrown from an overturned vehicle, with no clue to her identity. Hope eventually started a new life, but never recovered her memory - and always wondered what she may have left behind, or what she could have been running away from.

Now she's missing. The only lead is a drop of blood connected to a notorious Kansas murderer. With nowhere else to turn, Hope's best friend, Lindsay Kelly, calls NYPD homicide detective Ellie Hatcher - a woman with her own complicated history and links to the Kansas case.

In pursuit of answers, three women search for the truth beneath long-buried secrets. And when their searches converge, what they find will upend everything they've ever known.

'Alafair Burke's latest propulsive thrill-ride is a suspenseful, twisty mystery about memory, friendship and secrets. A page-turner of the highest order.' - Laura Dave, author of The Last Thing He Told Me
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9780571345588
ISBN 10:   0571345581
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels including The Better Sister, The Wife, and The Ex, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel. She also co-authored the bestselling Under Suspicion series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, she now teaches criminal law and lives in Manhattan and East Hampton.

Reviews for The Girl She Was

'A total knockout - serpentine in structure, rich in emotional heft and deeply moving as the past comes back not just to haunt the characters but to shudder through their lives, revealing secrets big and small, dangerous and intimate. Not to be missed.' - Megan Abbott, author of The Turnout 'From one of our greatest contemporary mystery writers comes another superb nail-biting thriller. Burke uses an intricately layered and twisty plot to ensnare us and then pulls us in for a close examination of intimacy and community. I devoured it, from its riveting first scene to the shocking last page.' - Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek 'Burke once again weaves a riveting web of a story, threaded with delicious characters and hot button social issues. If you're looking for the perfect twisty mystery, you've found it in [The Girl She Was].' - Janelle Brown, author of Pretty Things 'This gripping, head-spinning thriller of the first order is a perfect read: the writing is engaging, the twists are perfectly executed and the exploration of female friendships and identity offers satisfying heft to the plot.' - Cristina Alger, author of Girls Like Us 'Scintillating . . . Appealing characters match the meticulous plotting. Burke reinforces her place in the top rank of suspense writers.' - Publishers Weekly, starred review 'A skillfully constructed, delightfully twisty thriller powered by Burke's trademark strong, relatable heroines and realistic foes.' - Booklist

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