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The Girls Are Good

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What to expect

COMPETITION. PERFECTION. DESTRUCTION.

‘A tight, frightening story of friendship, rivalry and obsession, told in sparse and beautiful prose’ Abigail Dean, author of GIRL A

‘Brilliantly observed, beautifully written – it’s quite simply unforgettable’ Alex Michaelides, author of THE SILENT PATIENT and THE MAIDENS

A DANGEROUS OBSESSION
Martina wants to be the best gymnast in the world. But so does everyone around her.

A TOURNAMENT WITH A DIFFERENCE
During one week of intense competition, Martina and her teammates are tested to the limit, and any sign of weakness can quickly spell the end.

A MURDER IN THE NIGHT
By the end of the week, one of the gymnasts will be dead. Every girl will do anything to win…but at what cost?

‘Compelling, harrowing, and ultimately devastating – it’s quite simply unforgettable.’ ALEX MICHAELIDES, author of THE PATIENT

‘A tight, frightening story of friendship, rivalry and obsession.’ ABIGAIL DEAN, Sunday Times bestselling author of GIRL A

Brutal and brilliant – I read it in one sitting.’ HARRIET TYCE, author of BLOOD ORANGE

‘A glimpse into a wonderfully dangerous, screwed up world. I couldn’t put it down.’ CESCA MAJOR, author of THE OTHER GIRL

Critics Review

  • For fans of the harrowing Netflix documentary Athlete A … comes Ilaria Bernardini’s cautionary tale about what happens when competition goes too far.’ Bazaar

    ‘During an international contest… we see the physical pain, emotional toll, abuse and complicity the competition can foster. Black Swan meets Heathers’ GRAZIA

    ‘Mesmerising…a richness of psychological and sensual detail that non-fiction could never match’ THE SUNDAY TIMES

    ‘A tight, frightening story of friendship, rivalry and obsession, told in sparse and beautiful prose. Tense as the space between the uneven bars.’ ABIGAIL DEAN, author of GIRL A

    The Girls are Good is a compelling, harrowing, and ultimately devastating portrayal of the horrors of being a teenager in the world of competitive gymnastics. Brilliantly observed, beautifully written – it’s quite simply unforgettable.”
    ALEX MICHAELIDES, author of THE PATIENT

    ‘What a book! A stunning and revealing look the world of elite gymnastics. An unforgettable debut.’ JO JAKEMAN, author of STICKS AND STONES

    ‘Brutal and brilliant – I read it in one sitting.’ HARRIET TYCE, author of BLOOD ORANGE

    ‘Dark, disturbing, desperately sad – I was totally gripped. What an incredible setting for a novel – a glimpse into a wonderfully dangerous, screwed up world. I couldn’t put it down.’ CESCA MAJOR, author of THE OTHER GIRL

    ‘Powerful, claustrophobic, shocking and heart-breaking.’ JANE SHEMILT, author of THE PATIENT

    ‘What a haunting novel. Cruel, barbed, disturbing, poignant – and it opened my eyes to an industry so graceful and effortless, and the intensity of a group of young people.’ LIV MATTHEWS, author of THE PRANK

    ‘Loved this book, it’s such an original & haunting read which has stated with me long after reading’AMANDA REYNOLDS, author of CLOSE TO ME

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