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My Sweet Girl: The most shocking thriller of 2021 with an UNFORGETTABLE narrator

Amanda Jayatissa

5 Reviews

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Thriller / suspense

A fiendishly clever psychological thriller that asks 'Can you ever really escape your past?'

'My Sweet Girl is like nothing else I've read. Set in San Francisco and Sri Lanka, this is a story about friendship, lies, and guilt. A stunning and original must-read' Samantha Downing, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

A girl in a new country.

A dark secret left behind.

A dead body which might tell all.

Ever since she was adopted from an orphanage in Sri Lanka, Paloma has led a privileged Californian life: the best schools, a generous allowance and parents so perfect that Paloma fears she'll never live up to them.

Now at thirty, Paloma has managed to disappoint her parents so thoroughly that their relationship will never recover. Unemployed and friendless, the only person still talking to her is Arun - the Indian man subletting her spare room. That is until Arun discovers Paloma's darkest secret, one that could jeopardize her fragile place in this country, and the next day is found face down in a pool of blood.

On finding Arun's body Paloma flees her apartment. But by the time the police arrive, there's no body to be found or signs of struggle - and no evidence that Arun ever even existed in the first place.

The police may be quick to dismiss everything, but Paloma knows what she saw. Is this tangled up in her childhood in Sri Lanka and the desperate actions she took to leave so many years ago? And did Paloma's secret die with Arun or is she now in greater danger than ever before?

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Praise for My Sweet Girl: The most shocking thriller of 2021 with an UNFORGETTABLE narrator

  • My Sweet Girl is like nothing else I've read. Set in San Francisco and Sri Lanka, this is a story about friendship, lies, and guilt. A stunning and original must-read - Samantha Downing, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

  • This breathtaking debut somehow manages to be terrifying and heartbreaking at the same time. Astonishingly crafted and constantly surprising, the talented Jayatissa lures us into the story with confident hands, and then yanks the rug right out from under us. Ridiculously good. Crazy good. Scary good. This is a big big book - Hank Phillippi Ryan, internationally bestselling author of THE FIRST TO LIE and HER PERFECT LIFE

  • My Sweet Girl starts with a bang and doesn't let up. Haunted by her past, hunted in her present, Paloma must find her life in America, or lose it forever. A richly layered, firecracker of a thriller - Eliza Jane Brazier, author of If I Disappear

  • MY SWEET GIRL is equal parts witty, chilling, and hypnotic, and it includes some of the creepiest lines and images I've ever read. By expertly pulling the strings of this riveting story, Amanda Jayatissa will have you thinking you know the answers to the book's layers of mysteries-until she upends every expectation with a series of shocking reveals. - Megan Collins, author of The Winter Sister and Behind the Red Door

  • A delicious, twisty, fast-paced thriller with the perfect hint of ghost story, MY SWEET GIRL is sheer reading pleasure - Michele Campbell, internationally bestselling author of It's Always the Husband

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