The Girls (Paperback)Emma Cline (author)
A sinuous thriller based on the warped appeal of the Manson Family and set under the Californian sun, Cline’s disturbing debut is a hypnotic depiction of personality cults, countercultural conformity and psychopathy masquerading as peace and love.
Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for May 2017
As soon as I'd caught sight of the girls cutting their way through the park, my attention stayed pinned on them. The black-haired girl with her attendants, their laughter a rebuke to my aloneness. I was waiting for something without knowing what.
If you're lost, they'll find you...
Evie Boyd is fourteen and desperate to be noticed. It's 1969 and everywhere the heat of a Californian summer beats down and restless, empty days stretch ahead.
Until she sees them. The girls. Hair long and uncombed, jewelry catching the sun. A scattering of young women who are everything she is not, each utterly sure and at one with everything seemingly beyond Evie’s reach. And at their centre, Suzanne, black-haired and beautiful.
Willingly, she begins to drop into their tranquilised circle, oblivious of the danger that sits so cruelly at its centre. If not for Suzanne, she might not have gone. But, intoxicated by her and the life she promises, Evie follows the girls back to the decaying ranch where they live.
Was there a warning? A sign of what was coming? Or did Evie know already that there was no way back?
Already a worldwide Bestseller, Emma Cline’s The Girls, is probably one of the most unsettling and quietly disturbing debuts of its kind.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
'A coming-of-age tale like no other ... the book of the summer' - Grazia
'Stunning...thrilling... A spectacular achievement' - The Times
'This book will break your heart and blow your mind' - Lena Dunham
'The read of the summer' - India Knight, The Sunday Times
'A tense and claustrophobic read' - Stylist
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