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The Girls

by Emma Cline

California. The summer of 1969.

In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life...

Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat.

Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.

And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by The Girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?

'This book will break your heart and blow your mind.'  - Lena Dunham

Reviewed by Ben at Angus & Robertson Bookworld:
The Girls delivers chills. It tells a story of young innocents drifting into a Manson-esque cult and getting caught up in all kinds of horribleness. It plunges you into murky depths of sex, drugs and terror. But that’s not why you should read it.

In this book, first-time novelist Emma Cline transports you to this forever-reimagined Californian Summer of ’69 horror in a wave of atmospheric tones rather than stereotypes and overstatements. Every page has delivers a haunting phrase or delicate twist of metaphor that will haunt you. This book isn’t the thriller you expect; in fact, the murders are practically irrelevant to what this book is. The Girls is a triumph of style.

It’s difficult to explain how the author achieves this, but she acutely captures this over-idealised, unsettling world with dozens of nuanced moments. The most resounding sequences of this story occur where nothing really bad happens at all. It's incredible in its own unique way. Highly recommended.

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