'A soul-shattering novel that will leave your emotions raw. This story will haunt me forever. Everyone should read it' Guardian
In a small town where everyone knows everyone, Emma O'Donovan is different. She is the special one - beautiful, popular, powerful. And she works hard to keep it that way.
Until that night . . .
Now, she's an embarrassment. Now, she's just a slut. Now, she is nothing.
And those pictures - those pictures that everyone has seen - mean she can never forget.
BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2015. The award-winning, bestselling novel about the life-shattering impact of sexual assault, rape and how victims are treated.
'Riveting and essential' — New York Times
Brilliant, harrowing — Observer
A brutal and shocking novel that strikes to the heart of the current debates around consent — Stylist
'Establishes Louise O'Neill as a literary tour de force' — Irish Independent
A difficult, confronting and vital read — Elle
Heartbreakingly accurate . . . handled with both sensitivity and unflinching honesty. A compelling and brave story that deserves to be read by all — Heat
A stunning portrait of a girl, a family and a town in trouble — Irish Examiner
A brutal, unflinching look at the culture of slut-shaming and trial by social media. It broke my heart. — Red Magazine
A brave and important book about rape culture, sexism and victim-blaming in modern society. — Telegraph
Bold, brave . . . and brutal — Bookseller
O'Neill has a keen ear for the catty argot of teenage girls and her writing is razor sharp . . . unsparing and unsentimental — Independent
A razor-sharp look at gender issues - Glasgow Herald — Glasgow Herald
Riveting . . . a timely, gripping and vital novel. — Western Mail
A nuanced and insightful commentary on the intricacies of teenage female friendship and the internal and external pressures that young women face as they reach adulthood — Irish Mail on Sunday
Blistering, unapologetic and vitally important — Anna James
This unflinching, timely novel asks important questions about rape culture, sexism and social media abuse, tackling taboo themes with subtlety and sensitivity — Anita Sethi, Observer