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Girl Afraid: A Novel by [West, Ciarán]
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Length: 335 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Oh my goodness... this book is entirely shocking, covering the difficult subjects of paedophilia and trafficking. When I describe it like that it doesn't sound like something that I would even consider reading... but I just couldn't put it down. I so badly wanted there to be a happy ending of some sort for Poppy and Alice.
This is so well written and engaging, despite the controversial subject, that you just have to carry on reading. I'll admit that I did some skimming toward the end, particularly once the guns made their appearance, not because I had got noted with the story or anything, simply that the descriptions of the injuries sustained by the various people was a little stomach-churning, even for me.
Well worth a read if you can get past the subject. I think my next read will be much less harrowing!
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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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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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This book is pulp fiction. It knows it’s pulp fiction and what is more it tries to be the best damn pulp fiction you’ve ever read. And it almost succeeds.

Girl Afraid deals with multiple characters who can be divided fairly straight forwardly between “goodies” and “baddies”, although the “goodies” sometimes do bad things and vica versa.

There are a lot of characters to get your head around although none of them are two-dimensional (although the central villain is a little bit of the Guy Ritchie mould). The baddies come in a range of levels from almost sympathetically victims of a terrible addiction to out and out drug-fuelled monsters. In fact you could almost make a rather sick set of top trumps out of them.

Unfortunately because so much has gone into detailing these characters, (and in true Hitchcock-fashion some of the most tense scenes involve the bad guy almost getting found out), you sometimes feel not enough attention has gone on the Goodies - Alice and Dylan.

Alice is probably our biggest candidate for being the central protagonist. She is weak in many ways and this makes her endearing and when her strength shines through it is certainly exciting and you do sympathise to a certain extent with what she goes through but - and it is a big but - she does not do enough to be a protagonist. A protagonist moves the plot forward by their actions but she is lead through the majority of the book and certainly there is a point when you think, “Should you not be questioning things a little more?” She therefore is a little frustrating.

Dylan even more so. Half the book is given to a back story that while intriguing does not move things forward at all and you start to wonder as to why he is there.
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