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Tanya Byrne , Joan Walker
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9 Aug 2012

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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (9 Aug 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0857356364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857356369
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 19 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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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 ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A compelling, brutal and heart-breaking story about identity, infamy and how far a person might go to seek revenge, from debut author Tanya Byrne. Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2012 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and emotional YA read 11 May 2012
By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 500 REVIEWER
"You all think you know who I am. But the one thing Google will never tell you is who I used to be... who I might have become if she hadn't stabbed my father."

The night that her father was stabbed was the night that Emily learned her whole life had been a lie. He was just dad to her and she was just another teenage girl. In reality he was a gangster and their life-style funded by organised crime. Heart-Shaped Bruise is told in the form of a journal that was found in the psychiatric unit of Archway Young Offenders Institution. A journal that Emily chose to tell her story in.

Emily is not the sort of character you're going to fall in love with. She's non-compliant with her therapist and she is unforgiving. The newspapers have made her notorious although she is reluctant to tell the reader what happened to put her behind bars. Yet told from her point of view, you can see how a young woman's life has fallen apart overnight. She is angry and confused so she funnels her negative emotions into seeking revenge against Juliet, the girl who gave testimony against her father and in her eyes the reason her life is ruined. You can empathise with her even if you don't come to like her in the end.

It's gripping and emotional and I read in one sitting. There's a desire for everything to work out for Emily but her location at the start of the book doesn't bode well and Tanya Byrne is nothing if not realistic. It's a fantastic piece of young adult writing that will appeal to young and old.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 26 July 2012
I don't normally read this genre but I decided to read this after it was recommended to me. This book is absolutley fantastic. Written from the view point of Emily Koll, this book makes you feel what Emily feels. You should feel sorry for Juliet and everything she has lost at the hands of Emilys father but you end up being on Emily's side and feeling for Emily. This book left me wanting more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but some poor characterisations. 19 July 2012
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Tanya Byrne's writing is interesting and compelling, unfortunately though her character ideas have not been adequately researched. I found her naive description of mental health problems disappointing and some will find it offensive.

The lead character Emily Koll is spoiled romantic. She studies the world in detail, is rebellious but weak. This nature is very well written. The plot is slowly uncovered and with Emily being so unstable, you are never sure what will happen next.

I was pleased at the elements of humour in this novel. Any writer that can surprise you with a laugh will go far.

The chapters are very short which will appeal to young readers and others that read in short intervals.

Overall this is a book which will appeal much more to a younger readership than to mature readers. Tanya Byrne is clearly a writer with a lot of potential but for me this debut novel is a marginal miss.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good YA debut 23 Jun 2012
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Tanya Byrne is a much-hyped new talent and is probably a writer to watch in the future. I liked this novel but had some serious reservations. The structure was great - each of Emily's sessions with Dr Gilyard revealing more of her history and the events which have led to her incarceration. This is a taut and engrossing narrative which draws the reader in and doesn't let go until the bitter end. But it's the end which is a problem...

The ending of this novel was too abrupt and inconclusive. Having invested so much in the story and the development of the three main characters - Sid, Nancy/Juliet, and Rose/Emily - I felt cheated by the inadequacy of the closing pages. The author may feel that she's giving the readers credit by leaving them to figure things out and create their own ending, but there's not enough to go on. What exactly happened? Did people live or die? Did anyone beg for mercy? Did Emily feel satisfied that she'd achieved what she set out to do?

The lack of an emotionally engaging finale let down an otherwise gripping story, and that's the reason for a 3-star review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By JR_82
Let's put things straight: this book has got a huge, unacceptable discrepancy. I confess I almost throw it out of the window when I noticed it.
I won't go through the plot - you can find it on the Internet, so let's move ahead - I will go straight to talking of THe mistake. Because I feel that, if she had no time to review her own book to adjust it, then she'd better not submit it to editor's attention at all. Or, at least, I do hope the discrepancy was due to a lack of review, because if she missed it even after reviewing the manuscript may God help her.

The discvrepancy occurs when Emily, the main character, goes to the petrol station in Upper street. I hope you read the book, so that you won't be annoyed with spoilers and you'll understand what I'm talking about.
So, Emily getting off, heading to the petrol station. Page 161 on. Ms Byrne reports the following events:
1 - it's October, it's night, and Emily wants milk in her tea so badly that she gets off looking for a place still open at that time of the night;
2 - she's just got home from a night gig, so her t-shirt is still drenched with sweat, but she doesn't care (author puts emphasis on that, so you do remember that detail);
3 - She ends up in a petrol station in Upper Street as it's the only place open, head to the counter, can't find the purse, so she scatters her bag's content on the till;
4 - She can't pay, but Mike, her best friend's foster father, steps in from nowhere and pays for her purchase;
5 - Mike drives her home.

Is everything clear? Yes? Good. Let's move now to page 189, where the author goes back once again to that night's account. A report that, for some reason I swear I do not guess, is totally different from the above.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
enjoyed reading this but disappointed by the ending which I'd worked out very early on. Thought it started better than it ended
Published 1 month ago by J. Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This book is a page turner, our 15 year old got her head in this and barely spoke for a few days (not much different to normal but usually the ipad or phone is the cause). Read more
Published 1 month ago by DavyA
1.0 out of 5 stars N - o
This is a book for teenies. If I was 17 and didn't have ANY kind of life/love/pain etc etc experience, and if it was my first 'pshych triller' book.. I'd have loved it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
As I received the book through the amazonvine programme I received an uncorrected proof copy. Due to this there was no blurb so I wasn't really sure what to expect or even what... Read more
Published 9 months ago by DaisyDaisy
1.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly Underwhelmed
Sigh. I'm having a bad run with books at the moment. Silly Sea Sisters, now this.
Another book that pounds away relentlessly at a theme for no apparent reason - hearts in this... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Eleanora
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Debut
When Archway Young Offenders Institution is closed down, a notebook is found - the notebook of Emily Koll, one of the most notorious inmates, who was all over the news for the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, mad perfection
Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap, holy crap. Way to start a review, right? Can I just say this book is perfection? Utter, spotless, beautiful perfection. It's just... Read more
Published 11 months ago by storyaddict
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Thrilling...I was sat on the edge of my seat whilst reading the...
I haven't read much crime/mystery novels before and so this was a bit of an experiment for me. I'm very pleased to say that I'm most likely going to be reading more novels in the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary
5.0 out of 5 stars a heart-wrenchingly compulsive read
Firstly - Oh. My. God!

I read this novel in what was literally one sitting - several hours curled up on the sofa unable to release the book from my death-grip. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ReadingisDreaming
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
It started okay but every page is the same. Very disappointing. I haven't bothered to finish it. Don't bother buying.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. T. J. Kimber
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