Girl in the Walls (Hardback)A.J. Gnuse (author)
A house unwilling to give up its secrets and a teenager with an enquiring mind; Gnuse’s acute dissection of grief, memory and unlikely friendships plays equally well as sinister thriller and poignant meditation.
She doesn't exist. She can't exist.
'Those who live in the walls must adjust, must twist themselves around in their home, stretching themselves until they're as thin as air. Not everyone can do what they can. But soon enough, they can't help themselves. Signs of their presence remain in a house. Eventually, every hidden thing is found.'
Elise knows every inch of the house. She knows which boards will creak. She knows where the gaps are in the walls. She knows which parts can take her in, hide her away. It's home, after all. The home her parents made for her. And home is where you stay, no matter what.
Eddie calls the same house his home. Eddie is almost a teenager now. He must no longer believe in the girl he sometimes sees from the corner of his eye. He needs her to disappear. But when his older brother senses her, too, they are faced with a question: how do they get rid of someone they aren't sure even exists?
And, if they cast her out, what other threats might they invite in?
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 227 x 159 x 35 mm
'Bold and compelling, subtle and sublime, with writing so good that you're torn between racing ahead and lingering. I found myself holding my breath and never wanting to leave, despite the darkness. A uniquely gothic tale about grief, belonging and hiding in plain sight' - Jess Kidd, author of Things in Jars
'Gnuse is a writer of vision, who builds up his novel like the most exquisite music box. It plays out perfectly, and will leave you entranced long after its covers are closed' - Ali Shaw, author of The Trees
'Ever been deep underwater, holding your breath, wondering if you will make it to the surface? OK. Remember that famous scene in the movie, Wait Until Dark? Remember that feeling while reading "The Tell-Tale Heart?" Remember the evil character in the movie, No Country For Old Men? Remember the most terrifying nightmare you've ever had? OK, so now: Here's your book, Girl in the Walls, by Adam Gnuse. It's really scary, and literary to boot, going way down deep, and way up high. Gnuse's first novel says that he is the real thing, out of the gate. May the race be long, with many more novels. But he will be hard-pressed to out-do Girl in the Walls' - Clyde Edgerton, author of The Night Train and Killer Diller
You may also be interested in...
“A heartbreaking story of grief....”
Reading this book will stir many emotions. It is not only a wonderfully creepy, modern, haunting story but also a beautifully told heartbreaking one. It is about an immense grief, holding on to your memories within... More
“She doesn't exist. She can't exist.”
Elise knows every inch of this house.
Its pulse, its moans, groans; it’s very being.
She knows where the gaps in the walls are, the rhythm of family life of those inhabiting on the other side, a world so close, yet so... More
“After a slow start you will not be able to put it down”
Book does what it says on the cover, a young girl whose parents were killed in a car crash ,fostered out but ran away to her old house to find it had been sold to a family Mum,Dad and teenage boys.She now lives in the... More
Please sign in to write a review
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?