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The Other Girl

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They thought she was insane. But what if she was telling the truth?

1942, New Zealand. Edith’s been locked away for a long time. She was just five years old when she was sent to Seacliff Lunatic Asylum. Fifteen years later, she has few memories of her life before the asylum, but longs for one beyond it.

When she survives a devastating fire that destroys her ward, Edith is questioned by the police and a young doctor, Declan Harris. Intrigued by his beautiful patient, Declan begins to doubt the official reasons for her incarceration. Is she truly mad—or could the impossible stories she told as a child actually be true?

Time is running out. With Edie awaiting a new and permanent treatment, soon there will be little of her left to save. Meanwhile intrigue has tipped into obsession—Declan needs to uncover the truth, but in doing so he will risk losing everything. As he sets out to save her mind, will he lose his own?

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"This is a heartrending story turned skillfully into an edge-of-the-seat historical thriller. The characters are well drawn, the storytelling emotional and gripping, the setting presented like an oil painting of its time." - Susanna Beard

"Breathtaking, pacy, and utterly compelling, it had me gripped until the very last word." - Cathy Bramley

"An utterly creepy and mesmerizing read—I couldn’t bear to put it down." - Angela Clarke

"I loved this historical thriller. Tense, compulsive, atmospheric and emotional, with two wonderful lead characters and an original plot that had me hooked from beginning to end." - Claire Douglas

"Tense, compelling storytelling with a stellar cast of characters that had me believing every word." - Rona Halsall

"CD Major is a truly gifted storyteller. I adore everything she writes." - Amanda Jennings

"Atmospheric, chilling, and absolutely compelling—I loved it." - Rachael Lucas

"Hugely atmospheric, incredibly creepy, and emotional. A clever and sinister page turner set in a New Zealand asylum, exploring the idea of past lives. I can’t recommend this book enough." - Cressida McLaughlin

"You have such an evocative style, your writing is beautiful and the story was just so intricate and enticingly, sympathetically weaved. This is next level." - Anna Mansell

"With a tense undercurrent and an immersive story, The Other Girl is completely gripping and atmospheric." - Vikki Patis

"I was swept up in this story, captivated by the characters, the suspense…This story is cleverly plotted, skillful and breathtaking in the telling. I started reading it and couldn’t stop until I reached the startling climax." - Maddie Please

"Cesca Major is so skilled at taking real historical events and weaving them into stories that are as fascinating as they are disturbing. They’ll make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up." - Kate Riordan

"It’s chilling, tense, and atmospheric, with an irresistible premise." - Roz Watkins

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