The Eighth Girl
by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung
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Pub Date 4 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 10 Nov 2021
Pushkin Press, Pushkin Vertigo
One woman, many personas. But which one is telling the truth?
Alexa Wú is a brilliant yet darkly self-aware young woman whose chaotic life is manipulated and controlled by a series of alternate personalities. Only three people know about their existence: her therapist Daniel; her stepmother Anna; and her enigmatic best friend Ella.
When Ella gets a job at a high-end gentleman's club, she is gradually drawn into London's cruel underbelly. With lives at stake, Alexa follows her friend on a daring rescue mission. Threatened and vulnerable, she will discover whether her multiple personalities are her greatest asset, or her biggest obstacle.
'An authentic and heart-rending page-turner. An exceptional debut from a talented author - I can't wait to see what she writes next' - Clare Mackintosh
'Magnificent' - Sunday Times Crime Club
'The second I finished this impressive debut, I went back to the beginning and read it again: I defy anyone else to do otherwise' - Observer, Thrillers of the Month
'Intricately plotted and sensitively written, The Eighth Girl draws the reader into the dark heart of London's underworld with relentless tension until the shock of the final reveal' - Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
'Wow. Totally original, gorgeously written, brimming with insight and intelligence' - Katie Lowe, author of The Furies
'Chung's engrossing debut thriller asks questions about identity, society and truth through its unforgettable protagonist' - Waterstones
'Gripping' - Grazia
'An eye-opening exploration of mental health... original and interesting' - Independent
'A dazzling thriller' - Foyles
'I am so impressed. I love Chung's writing: The sheer joy she takes in the tones of the separate personalities, and the skill of her negotiation of what is actually a very complicated plot. It's a brave and ambitious book' - Sabine Durrant, author of Remember Me This Way
'A multilayered and compelling exploration of Dissociative Identity Disorder. The author's expertise of the subject is clear. Intelligent, sensitive and totally engrossing' - Will Dean, author of Dark Pines
'Deftly written by an author whose professional expertise shines through, I was captivated by The Eighth Girl. A dark and disturbing tale set in London's gritty underbelly [that] asks big questions about identity, truth and society' - Adam Hamdy, author of Black 13
'An exquisite exploration of childhood trauma and its impact on the psyche. Part thriller, part character study, I devoured this novel in one sitting, reflecting on each sentence, each passage, and each astute observation of humanity. A true gem!' - Wendy Walker, author of The Night Before
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