Lex Gracie is Girl A – the one who escaped the House of Horrors and saved her siblings from further abuse. Lex’s parents never left the House of Horrors, really – her father was gone before he made it out of the house of his own creation while her mother was imprisoned for the rest of her life for her involvement.
Abigail Dean’s novel Girl A begins with the death of Lex’s biological mother in prison. She is tasked with executing her mother’s will and estate. Lex cannot run from her past any longer when she must retrieve consent and signatures from all of her siblings so that she and her sister, Evie, can turn the infamous House of Horrors into a force for good – a community center.
Lex is a high powered attorney with adopted parents that she adores. She must journey into her past and face her siblings, coming to terms with the horrid past they share.
While marketed as a thriller, this novel is more of a deep character study into abuse and the trauma that resolves around parental destruction. This novel is winding, but not in a race-to-the-end kind of way. The text follows Lex as she makes contact with each sibling from the House of Horrors and how she processes the taxing emotions that come along with this action.
Girl A is not a typical thriller, but rather a slow burn character study that gives insight to parental and domestic abuse. I would say that this novel is more of a literary fiction text that utilizes thriller themes to explore deep concepts. The marketing for this novel is not exactly transparent, so readers should prepare for a slow, thought-provoking read rather than your typical racing thriller experience.
This fact looks like it has affected the ratings of the novel, as it comes in at a 3.67 on Goodreads currently. I tend to agree with this rating, as I expected something very different than what I received. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the psychology take on an abusive household escape that Dean executes here.(3.5 / 5)