Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

“They say I’m evil.

The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who sigh on the six o’clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me.

And everyone believes it. Including you.

But you don’t know. You don’t know who I used to be. Who I could have been.

Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story for the first time.”

Tanya Byrne bursts onto the scene with this, her debut novel. Fast paced, intriguing and heartbreaking, it tells the story of Emily Koll

“the Kurt Cobain of the criminally insane”

A girl who, following her fathers stabbing and incarceration, learns that he is not the man she has always believed him to be.
Emily’s world is shattered – everything she believed in is a lie…she is determined to seek revenge on the girl who’s family put her father behind bars.

We begin in The Psychiatric Wing of Archway Young Offenders. A place that has since closed down. A Diary was found in a cell.

This is Emily’s Story.

Emily Koll is a character that has stayed with me long after I finished reading – and I’m certain that Byrnes Heart-Shaped Bruise is a book I will devour again and again.

A must read!!!


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