Troubador Girl Without a Face

Released: 28/08/2019

ISBN: 9781838590802

eISBN: 9781838599911

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Girl Without a Face


Laura Danes was a perfectly normal girl with ambitions and dreams of becoming a successful filmmaker. That is, until one night, outside a secluded train station, changed the course of her life forever. With one action, the gang that threw the acid burned away, not only her skin, but also her future.

Three months on, Laura is still struggling to make sense of it all. Things like that shouldn’t happen, not in a small market town, not to everyday people. Not ever. Although her mum tries to support her, Laura finds little to find joy in. Life no longer seems to hold any promise or surprise – until a member of the gang contacts her begging for forgiveness…

With Jake opening up a new world for her, Laura finds a spark of the old filmmaking interest as she learns about the gang culture Jake comes from. With life slowly moving forward, Laura learns again to take risks, find courage and show others that one horrible event should not have the power to control your life.

Because of the other reviews I was very nervous to read this book but I have to say, I enjoyed every second of it. It would be a hard situation for any of us to be in if we were attacked by anyone with acid. We would have to heal mentally and physically. This book allows the main character to do just that. I didn’t want to put the book down because it was so good. There were some things in the book that surprised me but that’s the way a good book should be.

by Brianna

Laura has been horribly scarred in an acid attack, her life (and looks) are in pieces. We meet her as all of the mirrors are removed from her house and we learn that the 4 who attacked her have not been found.

Through the book, Laura (and her family) try to come to terms with their "new normal" as she finds herself unexpectedly drawn into the story behind those who attacked her. Were they really as evil as she first thought?

I really enjoyed this book and there were a few twists that had me guessing.

by Sarah

Girl Without a Face was a beautiful coming of age novel about overcoming adversity, and moving on from a place of darkness into the light. Laura is attacked by a gang one night, simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She is left with life-changing injuries after having acid thrown in her face. The story begins with Laura and her Mum Sheila removing all the mirrors from their house as Laura can't bear to see her reflection. She is haunted by the attack and lives with panic attacks. But an unlikely friendship develops between her and Jake who was present at the night of the attack. Together they help one another find hope again:

'We might be two damaged souls but the power of that healing is limitless'.

Laura has the support of her best friend Sophie and her Mum Sheila, and she refuses to be defined by her ordeal. She makes a documentary film about the gang and the night of the attack, which not only helps secure their convictions, but also gives her a new focus when she forms a production company with Sophie. Girl Without a Face proves that love will always win over hate, and that even when life changes in the blink of an eye, it is how you deal with those changes that truly defines you. Laura was a hero in her own life, and the developing love between her and Jake was truly heart-warming, without ever becoming sickly sweet. A truly inspiring and heartfelt story.

by Lou

This was a beautifully written book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and felt bad for Laura. I look forward to more from the author.

by Kay

This was so good! Really dark read but I couldn't put it down. It wasnt an easy read but it was really interesting.

by Chante

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