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Girl Afraid: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Ciarán West
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WARNING: FOR MATURE READERS ONLY
This book contains themes relating to child exploitation, human trafficking and underground, illegal internet subcultures. Although all subjects are handled sensitively by the author, it is not a book for younger readers, or anyone of a particularly squeamish or fragile disposition.

Poppy Riley is missing. The man who has her wants no ransom, has made no contact with her family, and has no intention to do so. His plan for Poppy is far more sinister. In a locked room, somewhere in London, the ten year girl old sits and wonders how she came to be there.

Alice wakes up to a call from Frank. He is not a friend, but he knows everything about her. He is not a kidnapper, but he knows how to get Poppy back. The worst day of her life has already started, and he is her only guide through the horror. She knows she cannot trust him, but time is running out.

All over the capital, several men are waiting for confirmation that everything has gone according to plan. Strangers to each other, they are tied by a sickening common interest. An interest in Poppy Riley. Alice and Frank have less than twenty-four hours to stop them.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: hhpublishing; 2 edition (21 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EPIXL36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ciarán West writes fast paced thrillers with real heart at their centre. His first novel, The Boys of Summer, is a dark coming of age tale, set in Limerick, Ireland, at the end of the 1980s. Touching, funny, and sometimes controversial, it follows 11 year old Richie and his friends as they try to solve an horrific crime which has rocked the local community. Richie learns about life, death, and even first love, in a week that will change him (and those around him) forever.

West's second book is a very different affair. Although it shares many themes with its predecessor, Girl Afraid is a modern urban horror, set against the background of kidnap, celebrity, and the Deep Web. Spanning a vibrant and often terrifying London, over 48 hours, the book follows multiple characters as they all play a part in the kidnap, and possible rescue, of 10 year old Poppy Riley. Gritty and, at some times, almost unpalatable, Girl Afraid has polarised reviewers worldwide; some lavishing praise, others too sickened to complete it.

After almost a year of crippling depression and the dreaded Writer's Block, Ciarán West has recently announced that he is writing again. Watch this space for what is sure to be another unputdownable thrill ride.

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripped right from the start 6 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Beware: this book grips you from the start and then drags you mercilessly through every emotion you have, and then some you didn't even know you had. I genuinely found myself holding my breath at times, as the suspense built, and the chance of putting the book down between chapters was zero.
West's characters unfold gradually as the plot develops and twists, some you find yourself identifying with and rooting for, while others make your skin crawl. Their inner strengths and weaknesses gradually come to the fore as their roles in the spiralling of events become entrenched, and their individual actions and choices impact on each other and on the ultimate fate of the people caught up with them.
This is by no means a comfortable read. It is stark, frightening, tense and disturbing. And yet also West finds the good, the positive, and the refreshing within his characters, and the ending will have you clenching your fists and yelling. Whether this is in relief or horror or a very clever mixture of the two you will have to find out for yourself.
Buy this book now. Quick, before this guy gets discovered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 5 Sep 2013
By Dave
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this because I thoroughly enjoyed the first book Boys of Summer. While the first book may be a bit parochial for the Irish, this certainly crossed all boundaries, be it geographical or otherwise! A gripping read, it rollercoasters your emotions to a thrilling climax and spits you out at the end! Well worth the cover price (and then some) compared to what will cost you £/15-20 in the high street
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 13 Oct 2013
By Elvis
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Exciting thriller. A real page turner. Couldn't guess the ending. Would read more from this author. Sensitive subject but we'll worth reading
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, messed up stuff 1 Oct 2013
By hazel
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is simply impossible to put down. A messed up tale of a kidnapping where the captors have something much more sinister in mind than a ransom.
If you like your stories full of twists, turns and grisly bits this should be your next read.
Be all hipster and read it now before this guy gets discovered, well worth the cover price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BAN THIS SICK FILTH… 6 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
…is exactly the sort of idiocy you'll see in headlines when Ciarán West becomes a household name. Which he will if he keeps writing books as brilliant as this one.
I'd be lying if I said it was an easy read, it's not; the themes in it are truly horrifying and rarely written about so directly or honestly and that's why it's so good. West has confronted the topic fully, never shies away from the stark hideous truths that drive some people to do things so abhorrent without ever trivialising or glamourising it.
If it had been a film, there were times when I wanted to look away but West doesn't let you (well, books don't let you either, I suppose!) and the plotting is so good, you can't. I was so desperate to know what happens I *had* to keep reading.

I'd recommend this book, absolutely, but proceed with caution if you're a sensitive soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit near the knuckle 29 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
the subject matter was a disturbing one,and soon after starting i was ready to abandon it, but the writer has a style that keeps you reading even though you want to literally kill some of the characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 8 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If I could give this book more stars I totally would.
My GOD. The feelings this book made me have are so varied. I felt my heart race almost out of my chest, I felt hate, compassion, revulsion and joy. Sometimes all at the same time. I also cried. Twice. And that rarely happens when I read.
Child kidnapping and trafficking is always going to be hard subject matter. But this was crafted wonderfully, and brilliantly written. It felt real, not sensationalised or movie style, but like some horrible nightmare that could really happen. At times it was a little hard to stomach, but no more so than reading any of the ever popular true life abuse books that litter shelves in your local supermarket.
I laughed, I cried. I wanted to throw my ereader at the wall and jump for joy.
I honestly didn't think I could enjoy this book as much as I had this authors previous and first effort The Boys of Summer.
But I did.
Read it, it's a gripping ride that will have you wondering what lengths you would go to to save someone you love.
Brilliant. Utterly brilliant.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping the whole way through 3 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading the Debut book The Boys Of Summer I could not wait to see what Ciaran West would produce for his second novel and it did not disappoint!

His writing style in Girl Afraid is totally different but totally gripping. From the moment Alice receives a phone call right to the last page I could not put this book down. It takes you to the most seedy places on the internet you could imagine.

The way he switches between Alices fight to get Poppy back, and Poppy telling her story is seamless and you really do wonder if it could get any more disturbing (I will let you find out for yourself if it does!!)

Some of the story lines immediately make you think of real life things that have happened and for me this made the suspense even more unbearable. It really does make you question could this happen in real life??

I only put the book down as I literately could not keep my eyes open any longer, but as soon as I woke the next morning I reached for it and didn't(couldn't)put it down again until I had finished it.

What more can I say? This book will not disappoint, it will have you gripped from beginning to end, and I now can't wait to see what this very talented author comes up with next!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Totally Confused By It
I packed this in at only 5%. I was totally confused by it and who's who in it. He just mentioned new people and gave you no clue whatsoever who they were or where they fitted in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynda Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars I did carry on reading & glad I did
Nearly gave up on this book 2 or 3 times having 2 young daughters myself. I cried a number of times & at one point couldn't look at my youngest without nearly crying. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs J Stead
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
I quite enjoyed this book - it was an interesting story albeit a bit uncomfortable. The pace was good and I did stick with it to the end although I got a bit bored part way... Read more
Published 6 months ago by AngieM
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, terrifying premise
Following on the heels of "Boys of Summer," Ciaran West shows that he knows how to write suspenseful, engrossing, and yes, disturbing stuff. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bonnie J. Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Depraivity at it's worst
I don't know where to start with this book. What I do know for certain is I will not be reading anything written by Ciaran West again. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bronwen James
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a nice book
The book looked good as I like a thriller, but there was so much unnecessary seediness in it that I had to skip to the end to see what finally happened, the bits I read, after what... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. J. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent novel
This novel was certainly different from the norm - but in a good way - gripping from the start, dealing with an unsavoury topic that was dealt with in a cleverly written way that... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. T. Mayes
1.0 out of 5 stars too seedy
The beginning of this book was good, well written and looked an interesting story, however a little further into the book it became what i can only describe as seedy so i carried... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking but mesmerising
Oh my goodness... this book is entirely shocking, covering the difficult subjects of paedophilia and trafficking. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected good read.
Girl Afraid: A Novel
Kindle has the habit of leading me to new and interesting authors.This one a total surprise to me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Thomas Hardy
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