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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (25 Sep 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781857687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781857687
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lesley Thomson grew up in London. She went to Holland Park School and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Her novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People's Book Prize in 2010. The Detective's Daughter is a number one bestseller and Sainsbury's ebook for 2014. Ghost Girl, the second in the The Detective's Daughter series came out in April 2014 and went to number one in Sainsbury's e-chart and is another bestseller.

Lesley combines writing with teaching on the MA in creative writing at West Dean College. She lives in Sussex with her partner and is working on The Detective's Secret, the third in the series featuring Stella Darnell.

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'This is a haunting novel about loss and reconciliation, driven by a simple but clever plot' The Sunday Times.

'A clever mystery plot ... its excellence is in the characters, all credible and memorable' Literary Review.

'A terrific crime novel [with] compelling characters and brilliant central premise' Elly Griffiths.

'A well crafted, spooky mystery' DIVA.

'A really intelligent book with a multi-layered plot and brilliant real characters' Brighton & Hove Independent.

'A gripping crime novel with several twists ... Lesley Thomson has a satisfying and winning formula' The Good Book Guide.

'One of my favourite books of the year. There is a depth to the characters and a compassion for them which stays with you long after you've read the last page' Jane Lythell.

About the Author

LESLEY THOMSON was born in 1958 and grew up in London. Her novel, The Detective's Daughter, was published in 2013 and has sold over 400,000 copies.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jackie on 23 April 2014
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I don't usually write reviews but felt I had to in this instance. I read the first book, The Detective's Daughter, and thought what a great book that was and looked forward to Ghost Girl, and it didn't disappoint. A very good plot, a bit different from the usual with quite a few twists and turns. The main characters, Stella and Jack are developing very nicely and I do have to admit a soft spot for Jack. All in all one of the best books, indeed series, I have read, and although only just out cannot wait for "part three"
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Sussex bookworm on 13 May 2014
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Another gem of a tale from this Sussex based author. Yet again she has linked the past and the present and as the story progresses the two worlds merge together to create a very satisfying, absorbing read that I really didn't want to end.

This is the second story in which the two main characters, Stella and Jack, solve a cold case; the opening clues for which are found in a blue folder in Stella's late father's house. However, this is not your average run of the mill detective novel, it's also more about why the various characters behave in the way that they do and how the past makes people what they are in the present. Again the author takes a significant event (the sentencing of the Moors murderers) and links it to the killing of a young boy, Michael Thornton; and the effect his death has on people over 40 years later. The characters are beautifully drawn and as the book starts very slowly you get to know and understand each of the characters as they develop. Her eye for the detail of childhood and the way in which children relate to each other and their parents is very well described and brought back many memories of my childhood in the early 1960's.

Although it's not essential to have read her earlier novel The Detective's Daughter in order to enjoy this book, it does help as it provides some very useful background material to Stella and Jack's characters, how they came to meet and team up together.

I understand that there is another novel in the pipeline and I can't wait for it to be published. In the meantime I will have to reread this one, if only to pick up some of the clues that I might have missed.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susie Bee on 18 April 2014
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This is the 3rd Lesley Thomson book I've read. I looked out for it and bought it as soon as I could. It's one of those books that I can't put down, but at the same time, I don't want it to end. Convoluted plot, eccentric characters, fabulous scene setting, and lots of signposting and red herrings leave you guessing to the end. Smashing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Carlton on 19 July 2014
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I enjoyed the originality of The Detective's Daughter but found this sequel a little irritating. In particular, while Jack's character was a curiosity in the first book it rankled in this.

It could just be that I wouldn't normally read standard 'detective' books so don't be put off if you do!

Notwithstanding, I enjoyed the flashbacks and kept reading to untangle the puzzle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Splash on 11 Aug 2014
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Fantastic edge of your seat thriller that keeps you guessing right to the end. A wonderful narrative and fantastic character development, even the father who is the dead detective. The daughter takes on his personal interest cases for the second time and presents the job of detective as a total vocation with an interest in justice and the truth at it's heart. Loved it as much as the first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By valjay on 5 Sep 2014
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An interesting set of characters, and by no means predictable. The flashbacks were not a problem, and I liked the alternation between viewpoints in the present. The narrative was well written and engaging. I am reluctant to post a negative review, but my problem with the ending completely outweighed the good points of the main story, I felt as if my time had been wasted trying to figure it out - a bit like when I watched "Twin Peaks" many years ago! The thing is, when you eventually find out who the killer is, and their method of murder, it doesn't make sense at all. The murder method is very unlikely to work once, let alone repeatedly, yet it is the key feature of the plot, and for that reason I felt cheated. I know it is fairly common to get to the end of a murder mystery, whether a novel or a film, thinking, "But why would they do that it that way? It doesn't make sense", and this is a good example of that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SJBSussex on 30 Aug 2014
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A powerful novel. The characters grew on me: I didn't quite "get" them at first, but gradually I did. Stella is a cleanliness-freak, a grieving daughter who feels more than she lets on. Jack wanders in an out of others' lives and homes, by turns lost and intuitive. There is no set pattern of who rescues who: it's a bit of both. They are human and their flaws are depicted with comprehension and compassion. Above all, they are very fully realized. The relationship between them deepens and develops over the two novels in this series. I actually felt sad to leave them and long for the next book. The setting, too, is very fully realized and atmospheric. Lesley Thomson is skilled at evocative London settings (vividly "seen" geographical locations, decay next to development and stages in between, multi-layered with traces of different "pasts"), reminding me of Nicci French's Freida Klein novels, Rendell-Vine and Frances Fyfield. She is good at a strong sense of mystery and at exploring the traces of the past in the present. Cutting between past and present events is not uncommon, but Thomson does it particularly well. In this novel, as in The Detectives Daughter, events from the past unravel in the present in unexpected ways and part of the mystery is finding out who the past character has become. One of the best crime novels I've read for ages.
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