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A Ruined Girl

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'A tense, unsettling and emotionally engaging whydunnit that grips from the first page' SOPHIE HANNAH

'Gritty, tense, and superbly plotted. The ending left me breathless' HARRIET TYCE

complete triumph. an intelligent and deeply satisfying thriller with such vivid characters it's impossible to believe they aren't real' ELIZABETH HAYNES



On a dark night two years ago, teenagers Rob and Paige broke into a house. They beat and traumatised the occupants, then left, taking only a bracelet. No one knows why, not even Luke, Rob's younger brother and Paige's confidant. Paige disappeared after that night. And having spent her life in children's homes and the foster system, no one cared enough to look for her.

Now Rob is out of prison, and probation officer Wren Reynolds has been tasked with his rehabilitation. But Wren has her own reasons for taking on Rob as a client. Convinced that Rob knows what happened to Paige, and hiding a lifetime of secrets from her heavily pregnant wife, Wren's obsession with finding a missing girl may tear her family apart...

'Superb. A rare combination of stunning twists and exceptional prose' DAVID JACKSON

'Layer upon layer of secrets, making for a perfectly paced page turner' ROBERT SCRAGG

'Immersive and compelling, authentic and raw' S.E. LYNES

'Assured, gripping, and with a twist I did not see coming... fantastic' JAMES DELARGY

'Everything you want from a novel' DOMINIC NOLAN

'One of the rising stars of crime fiction' TREVOR WOOD

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Immersive and compelling, authentic and raw." - S E Lynes

"It has everything you want from a novel - the grimy realism of the best crime, and the perfectly executed twists of the best psychological thrillers." - Dominic Nolan

"Gritty, tense, superbly plotted and the run up to the end left me breathless and a bit of an emotional wreck. It's really good." - Harriet Tyce

"A mesmerising tale of justice and redemption which will have you spellbound. Simants displays a poetic eye for detail which will quickly establish her as one of the rising stars of crime fiction." - Trevor Wood

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Hardback Editions

August 2020 : UK Hardback

Title: A Ruined Girl: Winner of the Bath Novel Award
Author(s): Kate Simants
ISBN: 1-78816-597-7 / 978-1-78816-597-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viper
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   

Paperback Editions

March 2021 : UK Paperback

Title: A Ruined Girl: Winner of the Bath Novel Award
Author(s): Kate Simants
ISBN: 1-78816-698-1 / 978-1-78816-698-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viper
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

August 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition

Title: A Ruined Girl: Winner of the Bath Novel Award
Author(s): Kate Simants
Publisher: Viper
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU