This is my absolute favourite book of the year. No question. It is an exceptional novel - brutal but tender, violent but beautiful, vicious, ferocious, yet ultimately uplifting. With page after page of blistering prose, this edgy, intense book tells the story of Julia ‘Turtle’ Alveston and her monstrous father Martin, and it will quite literally take your breath away. As a character, Turtle is simply unforgettable and as a novel it is damn near perfect. Think Harper Lee mixed with Cormac McCarthy…only better!
Recommended by Tony O’Neill, Dubray Blackrock
A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul. 'You think you're invincible. You think you won't ever miss. We need to put the fear on you. You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin, and accept your life as a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough.' At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; That chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; That her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world. And he'll do whatever it takes to keep her with him. She doesn't know why she feels so different from the other girls at school; Why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see; Why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done And what her daddy will do when he finds out ...Sometimes strength is not the same as courage. Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape. Sometimes surviving isn't enough.
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