Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

Emily Koll has no idea that her father is a notorious criminal and her life of privilege at a private boarding school with exotic holidays and cello lessons is paid for by the proceeds of his crimes, so it comes as a shock when her father shoots dead a police officer, and is in turn wounded by the officer’s teenage daughter. With all the things she took for granted now in doubt, and now fearing that her mother’s disappearance many years ago has a sinister interpretation, Emily turns her anger on the policeman’s daughter and resolves to destroy her life in revenge.

This debut novel, told from Emily’s point of view, is both convincing and compelling. Although the ending leaves many loose threads, I am looking forward to reading more by this author.


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