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Release day: The Elephant Girl

7 July 2013

Today is the official release of  The Elephant Girl by Henriette Gyland (paperback, Choc Lit).  Here’s the blurb:

The Elephant GirlPeek-a-boo I see you…When five-year-old Helen Stephens witnesses her mother’s murder, her whole world comes crumbling down. Rejected by her extended family, Helen is handed over to child services and learns to trust no-one but herself. Twenty years later, her mother’s killer is let out of jail, and Helen swears vengeance.Jason Moody runs a halfway house, desperate to distance himself from his father’s gangster dealings. But when Helen shows up on his doorstep, he decides to dig into her past, and risks upsetting some very dangerous people.As Helen begins to question what really happened to her mother, Jason is determined to protect her. But Helen is getting too close to someone who’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden…

Henrietta dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

In the story, the main character, Helen, is present when her mother is murdered, but she’s a young child at the time and suffers an epileptic seizure while this is taking place. This gave me a chance to explore the theme of the unreliable witness. How much did she actually see, and can her interpretation be trusted? Can she even trust herself? Writing this book was a personal journey for me too. A good friend of mine suffers from epilepsy and has been very candid about how it affects her life and her personality, in the way she perceives the world and relates to other people. Another friend died tragically at the age of 39 from a brain tumour, proving to me that whilst the human brain is an amazing instrument with an extraordinary capacity, it’s also very delicate. Despite the fact that there’s a huge slice of real life in The Elephant Girl (the murder is actually based on a real-life crime…), it is a work of fiction, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

You can purchase this book at the Book Depository.

All ARRA members who leave a comment on this review will go in the draw to win a copy of the book. Giveaway closes 28 July 2013. (The winner is Barbara)

  1. 12 July 2013 2:32 pm

    And on my kindle, too. Can’t wait to read this one. I read Up Close and loved the suspense combined with the romance in that one. This sounds so different but really intriguing, too.

  2. 10 July 2013 4:19 pm

    It’s on my Kindle already …

  3. henrigyland permalink
    9 July 2013 10:11 pm

    Thank you all for your lovely comments! I hope you enjoy my book.

  4. henrigyland permalink
    9 July 2013 8:32 pm

    Thank you all very much for your lovely comments. I hope you like my book!

  5. Barbara permalink
    9 July 2013 8:01 pm

    Another good book Henriette… Congratulations

  6. aimskye permalink
    9 July 2013 6:03 pm

    Congrats Henriette!

  7. 8 July 2013 8:58 am

    It sounds great, Henriette. I love the cover too.

  8. Liv Thomas permalink
    7 July 2013 10:52 am

    Looking forward to reading this, Henri – it’s on my Kindle, and next in line. The title, the blurb, and the cover, make a very attractive package. xx

  9. 7 July 2013 10:35 am

    It sounds fascinating, and having had a daughter who suffered from epilepsy as a child I fully understand the stigma that is attached to what is a physical ailment but is often seen as a mental one.

  10. 7 July 2013 9:59 am

    That’s a very interesting slant to the usual ‘child witness’ theme. And the title creates questions too. It sounds like the kind of story I love to read. I hope it sells well for you, Henriette.

  11. 7 July 2013 9:49 am

    Happy release day Henriette! 🙂

  12. helensibbritt permalink
    7 July 2013 9:36 am

    I do love the sound of this one my sister suffers from epilepsy as well congrats on the release
    Have fun

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