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Real, compulsive and intense: Cat Clarke is the queen of emotional suspense. For fans of Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott and Jandy Nelson.

They didn't mean to kill the guilt will tear them apart

Alice King isn't expecting the holiday of her dreams when she sets off on a trip to the wilderness with her mates. But when her best friend Cass decides to teach mean girl Tara a lesson, Alice finds herself in a nightmare she can't escape.

Now Alice is the guardian of a secret too horrific to tell; and a secret too terrible to keep. A secret that will change all of their lives for ever...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 24mm | 272g
  • Quercus Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857382055
  • 9780857382054
  • 101,619

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Clarke excels at genuine page-turners and I read this in one greedy sitting * The Bookseller on Cat Clarke * Moving, thought provoking and utterly gripping from start to finish * Mizz on Cat Clarke * Clarke...succeeds brilliantly, thanks to the reality of the characters and the depth of the emotion * The Scotsman on Cat Clarke * I wholly, unabashedly and completely recommend this book * Inis Magazine on Cat Clarke * Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and talented YA writers in Britain * Library Mice on Cat Clarke * Incredible - pure and simple * Writing from the Tub on Cat Clarke * Haunting, emotional and beautiful * Blabbing Books * A real page-turner ... the home-grown horror of a real world thriller is what makes this story stand out * We Love This Book * One of the most striking and unforgettable books I have ever read * Page Turner * Cat Clarke is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and talented YA writers we have in Britain... The story is fast-paced, the writing snappy and in the right tone * Librarymice * It was gripping, thrilling ... There are plenty of twists to keep you guessing and wanting to read as fast as possible * Heaven, Hell and Purgatory * One of the best books I have read * Guardian * Heart-stoppingly tense and palpably taut ... 'Torn' is breathless * Did You Ever Stop to Think * Gripping, thought-provoking and disturbing * Booktrust * A blisteringly fast tale told with heart and integrity that quite simply won't let you go until you've reached the end * Books 4 Teens *
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About Cat Clarke

Cat Clarke is the bestselling, award-winning author of seven YA novels. She was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner, two ninja cats and two decidedly non-ninja cocker spaniels.
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Rating details

3,449 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 31% (1,077)
4 37% (1,265)
3 23% (800)
2 6% (222)
1 2% (85)

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This was a great read, really different to what I thought it would be, but compelling nonetheless. Big fan of this author, come and check out my full review at more
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