Troubador Paradise Girl

Released: 28/02/2017

eISBN: 9781788034999

Format: eBook

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Paradise Girl


A highly infectious and incurable virus spreads worldwide. Seventeen-year-old Kerryl Shaw and her family live on a remote farm and think they will be safe, but the plague advances. Despite deaths around them, the Shaws survive. However, this changes when a stranger arrives, and it soon becomes apparent he has brought the infection to their door. One by one the family succumbs, leaving Kerryl alone. Kerryl is sure it’s only a matter of time before she, too, dies. She decides to record what she thinks will be her final days in a diary. She realises that it will never be read, so she imagines a reader and calls him Adam. As loneliness and isolation affect the balance of her mind, Adam ceases to be an imaginary character and becomes real to her. Communications break down and services fail. Unexplained events build fear and menace: Kerryl hears her name called in the night; she’s attacked by stray animals; she’s molested when she visits the town; she sees a stranger outside her house, who vanishes when she tries to make contact; objects appear and disappear. The climax comes when she finds a text message on her phone. Who is texting her? How? She thinks it can only be Adam, because by now there is no one else left. Another text invites her to a rendezvous at the Bride Stones, a beauty spot popular with lovers, and she leaves for what she is sure will be a meeting with Adam...

"This is such an engrossing read, I found it impossible to put down. A cliché I know, but it happens to be true. In fact there were times, especially reading the Purple Diary which doesn’t spare us from the gruesome details of the Infection, that I wished I could tear myself away for just a moment. I felt like I needed a breath of air. But then I just had to know what would happen to Kerryl, one of the most engaging heroines I’ve come across in a long time. I sped through the pages and read in about two sittings. Yet this is more than just a pacey page-turning thriller. This is writing of a high literary standard, with the kind of psychological depth which lingers in the mind long after reading." (Sarah Vincent, author of The Testament of Vida Tremayne).

"Bought it this week for my Kindle. Started to read it last night & was hooked!"

"YA dystopia isn't my usual reading, but this was recommended to me, so I gave it a go. It's well written, full of suspense, and it is a page turner. The narrator, Kerryl, is engaging and sympathetic, I warmed to her very much, and was rooting for her throughout.
I found the ending a little confusing... I'm not sure what happened? I think it was left open to interpretation, which I quite like, despite the ambiguity. I'm still thinking about the story the morning after finishing, which is always a sign a book has resonance. Recommended!"

"I've just finished reading Paradise Girl - wow, what a page turner I couldn't put it down." Emma

"Most people who know me know that I have a short attention span. If a book (or movie, or game) doesn't interest me, I never finish it. Woah! Such was NOT the case with Paradise Girl. I simply could not put it down. If I hadn't had to stop reading for that pesky thing called work, I would have read it straight through! Read it! You won't be sorry."
Emily Schrader

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Phill Featherstone

I was born and brought up in West Yorkshire and trained as a teacher. I taught in London, Hampshire and Leicestershire and then spent five years as an education adviser for Northamptonshire Local Authority.

In 1997 my wife, Sally Featherstone, and I started a publishing company specialising in books for adults to use with young children. We won the IPG Education Publisher of the Year award, and in 2008 the business was sold to Bloomsbury.

From 2008 until 2014 I ran a company providing training services for teachers. Since then I've spent my time on writing and conservation work. I've co-written several books for teachers and I now concentrate on fiction.

I live with my wife in a farmhouse on the pennines in Brontë country.

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