Heart-shaped Bruise

Heart-shaped Bruise

3.93 (1,964 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.93 (1,964 ratings by Goodreads)
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A compelling, brutal and heart-breaking story about identity, infamy and revenge, from debut author Tanya Byrne. Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2012

They say I'm evil.

The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who sigh on the six o'clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me.

And everyone believes it. Including you.

But you don't know. You don't know who I used to be. Who I could have been.

Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever shake off my mistakes or if I'll just carry them around with me forever like a bunch of red balloons

Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story for the first time.

Heart-Shaped Bruise is a compulsive and moving novel about infamy, identity and how far a person might go to seek revenge.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 243g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • None
  • 0755393058
  • 9780755393053
  • 401,399

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'Byrne is a talented writer with attitude and a fresh, original voice'
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Intriguing and compelling - a very accomplished debut * Sophie Hannah, bestselling crime fiction author * 'Byrne is a talented writer with attitude and a fresh, original voice' * Daily Mail * 'It's compelling and clever. We loved' * Company * 'Reminiscent of The Catcher in the Rye, this psychological jigsaw of a novel will appeal to your dark side' * Glamour *
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About Tanya Byrne

Tanya Byrne was born in London and studied in Surrey, where she still lives with her cat who goes by several names, none of which he actually answers to. After eight years working for BBC Radio, she left to write her debut novel, Heart-Shaped Bruise, which is out next year. She has a weakness for boys with guitars, drinks far too much tea and even though her mother tells her not to, she always talks to strangers.
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Rating details

1,964 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 34% (670)
4 36% (702)
3 21% (416)
2 7% (136)
1 2% (40)

Our customer reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and devoured it over the course of 2 evenings. As a fan of "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" I saw similarities between the two books, particularly with the relationship between Emily and her therapist Dr Gilyards to that of Deborah and her therapist, Dr. Fried in INPYARG. I found Emily completely fascinating, and could best describe her as a Mafia Princess who has no clue as to who she ought to be. Fantastically written, totally gripping and a fantastic debut novel. Bravo Ms Byrne!show more
by Josie Forshaw
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