Do I know Billie Brooke? Do I know Billie? How am I supposed to answer that? Billie May Brooke and me have been best, true, forever friends since we were in the same antenatal class in our Mums' tums when we were minus six months old.Thera Emily Kathryn Wilde is 11 years, three months, five days, 17 hours and 32 minutes old when she's asked by a policewoman if she knows Billie Brooke. She's always had what might politely be called a mind of her own, and she's a firm believer in the adage that if you want something doing, then you should do it yourself. So, when it subsequently turns out that Billie has been murdered, it's no surprise that Thera decides it's her duty - as Billie's official best friend, and the last-person-but-one to see her alive - to find the killer and avenge her death.Aided in her quest by a Ouija board, Billie's ghost and the spirits of four other dead girls, Thera is determined. The trouble is that when Thera sets her mind to something, there's every chance she'll succeed.Even if she has no idea what she's getting into.Tense, visceral and endearing, Dead Girls is the new novel from Abigail Tarttelin, the critically acclaimed author of Golden Boy.
When her best friend is killed, eleven year-old Thera turns detective - but has no idea what she's getting herself into...
Terrific. A poignant, brave and important book -- S J Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep, on Golden Boy Sometimes brutal, often tender, and always compelling -- Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, on Golden Boy Gripping. Tarttelin is a natural storyteller -- Matt Haig, author of The Humans and How to Stop Time, on Golden Boy
A resident of Hackney, Abigail enjoys karaoke, Netflix, tea, learning languages, women-fronted rock bands, and kickarse female characters. Dead Girls is her third novel. Her second novel Golden Boy, published in 7 languages to date, was a recipient of a 2014 American Library Association ALEX award for stories with special importance for teen readers, as well as a finalist for the Best Debut LGBT Fiction LAMBDA Award in the same year.