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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company (19 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062108166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062108166
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,693,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I just loved THE GIRL BELOW it's so real and moving, so funny and smart, so sharp and artful. In every sense, Bianca Zander is a fantastic writer, and I'm recommending this magical novel to all my friends.' --Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Prep and American Wife

An enthralling and disturbing excellent first novel, which looks at the relationships between parents and children and uncovers dark family mysteries. --The Good Book Guide --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

British-born Bianca Zander has lived in Auckland, New Zealand, for the past two decades. An established journalist, she has written for numerous publications, including The Listener, the Sunday Star-Times, and the Dominion Post. She has produced radio shows and written for film and television, including writing the dramatic short film The Handover, which screened in competition at the Chicago Film Festival. Bianca holds an M.A. in creative writing from Victoria University, Wellington. The Girl Below is her first novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Healy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Suki Piper returns to her childhood home in London after an absence of twenty years, the last ten of which she has spent in New Zealand. Recognising a familiar name on the doorbell to one of the neighbouring flats, she pays a visit to the now very ill lady, Peggy, who still lives there and whom she remembers. As a girl Suki was influenced by Peggy's children, in particular her daughter Pippa, and Suki gets back in touch with Pippa to find her struggling with the unruly behaviour of her sixteen-year-old son Caleb.

Suki feels displaced in London, not quite at home anywhere, drifting without a job, her thoughts often returning automatically, and sometimes involuntarily, to the past. She never seems to have settled into her own life, escaping it through drink and drugs, often feeling lonely and still looking for a healthy loving relationship.

It is a rather unsettling read at times, with episodes that are eerie and dreamlike; Suki recalls dark memories and experiences glimpses into her past, to a party over twenty years ago in her parents' garden, and she is drawn again and again to the haunting recollection of events in an old underground air-raid shelter, and there is also the ornamental figure of a girl which always haunted Suki. She has the feeling that she 'was trespassing across space and time.'

The chapters alternate between her past and present, and between London, New Zealand and Skyros, and we gain a fuller picture of her unsettled life to date.

It's a very well written debut; Suki is portrayed convincingly as a flawed and troubled narrator and I was absorbed in her world and her troubles. In many ways she isn't a likeable character yet I had sympathy with her and I felt moved at how alone she was, often seeming very unhappy, unstable and confused, battling with life and being defeated. The novel left me thinking about Suki, wondering what might happen next in her life.
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By Tracy Terry on 13 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
What could be described as weird, The Girl Below was definitely one of those books that left me wondering just what it was all about. So much so that you may well have thought I'd rate it as a rather poor read but you'd be very much mistaken.

The story of a young woman with mental health issues, part psychological mystery, part ghost story, part time travel - or was it? Still mystified by it all, all I do know is that I thoroughly enjoyed every sentence, every chapter, every page.

Seamlessly weaving and sidetracking between time, place and the remembered. Though eventually ending up on a Greek Island Suki's story largely follows her from her childhood home in London to New Zealand and back again where she finds herself in the apartment building of her formative years, living with Peggy whose statue, Madeline unsettles her almost as much as her memories of the fateful party thrown by her parents all those years ago.

A strongly written debut novel and even more so given that though there are of course other characters, each of them well written it has to be said, this is every inch Suki's story. That it is Suki on whom the author really focuses, on whom the entire story revolves.

Dreamlike, more often than not eerie and occasionally unsettling, this is a story of relationships, a coming-of-age drama with a seriously spooky almost Gothic vibe to it. Suki a confused and troubled character in whose world I became totally if somewhat unfathomably mesmerised.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
Disclaimer: Read and reviewed on behalf of publishers, Alma Books, I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.
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By P.B on 8 Jan. 2015
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Good book my wife say's
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernie on 14 Jun. 2013
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basically I lost the plot and lost the will to find it again - so haven't bothered to complete the book. However, i have kept it and may go back to it in the future.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. W.J. Croxford on 5 Jun. 2013
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Wasn't very taken with this story, very long winded with nothing much happening, bit borring, kept reading hoping it would get better but it was not to be
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