You can escape a place. But you can't escape yourself.
Hanna flees the scene of a terrible crime in her native Sligo. If she can just vanish, re-invent herself under a new name, perhaps the police won't catch up with her. London seems the perfect place to disappear.
Lara has always loved Matthew and imagined happy married life in Dublin. Then comes the bombshell – Matthew says he wants to join the priesthood. Humiliated and broken-hearted, Lara heads to the most godless place she can find, King's Road, Chelsea.
Matthew's twin sister, Noreen, could not be more different from her brother. She does love fiance John, but she also craves sex, parties and fun. Swinging London has it all, but without John, Noreen is about to get way out of her depth.
All three girls find themselves working for Bobby Chevron – one of London's most feared gangland bosses – and it's not long before their new lives start to unravel.
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About the Author
Kate Kerrigan lives in County Mayo, Eire, with her husband and children. Her novels include Recipes for a Perfect Marriage, shortlisted for the 2006 Romantic Novel of the Year Award and Ellis Island, which was a TV Book Club Summer Read.
Kate Kerrigan is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been translated into fifteen languages. Kate worked as an editor and journalist, editing many of Britain's most successful young women's magazines before returning to her native Ireland in the 1990s to edit Irish Tatler. She has a weekly column in the Irish edition of the Daily Mail and contributes regularly to the RTÉ Radio programme Sunday Miscellany. katekerrigan.org @katekerrigan
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's 1961 and Hanna, whose future at first seemed so promising, now leads a terrible life. She's isolated and there's nobody she can turn to for help. To escape she commits an awful crime and flees her home in Ireland. She thinks London is the place to start over and there she'll be Annie, a girl brave and powerful enough to live life on her own terms. When she arrives in London she has nowhere to go, but she meets Lara, another Irish girl, who offers her a place to stay. Will Annie have happier times ahead of her or will her past eventually catch up with her? Lara and Matthew have been together for a long time. Lara is convinced they will get married and start a family, but Matthew is having doubts. He eventually decides to join the priesthood instead and leaves Lara with a broken heart. Lara needs a fresh start and London is the perfect place for her to be free. She's a fashion designer and while she first finds employment in a club, she soon starts to aim for more. However, the club's owner is a dangerous criminal and she has more ties to him than she likes. Is this going to cause problems eventually? Matthew's twin sister Noreen and Lara have always been best friends. Noreen loves her fiancé John, but she doesn't want to get married and be tied down from a young age. She should have an adventure first. Lara is already in London and it seems like the perfect place for Noreen to be as well. When she arrives something has changed though, Lara has built a life for herself and it isn't as easy for Noreen to fit in as she thought it would be. Will she regret leaving John behind for the idea of something more, an experience that might not be as good as she thought it would be? That Girl is a fantastic story about three very different girls. I was immediately intrigued by Hanna/Annie. She's shy, but she's also brave and resilient and I was curious to find out what she'd be like when she'd come out of her shell. She and Lara become good friends straight away. Lara is talented and smart. Matthew hurt her, but she also knows she has to keep going and if she wants to find love again she needs to let go of the past. That was an interesting journey to witness. Noreen wants more than becoming a wife and mother, she craves sex and adventure. She's bold and outspoken, but also impulsive and naive and that gets her into trouble. It was fascinating to see where that would lead. Kate Kerrigan kept me glued to the pages with their stories and I couldn't read quickly enough to find out what would happen to the three girls. Kate Kerrigan combines a story about three fabulous girls starting over in the energetic and hip London of the sixties with gripping scenes about dangerous criminals, betrayal and secrets. I was immediately mesmerized by That Girl and couldn't put it down. The story is incredibly well written, there's plenty of action and there are many complex relationships to read about. Kate Kerrigan kept surprising me over and over again, which is something I absolutely loved about the story. That Girl is a brilliant book, it's entertaining, unexpected, compelling and dynamic.
This is a very memorable story, focussing on the lives of three Irish girls, Hanna, Lara and Noreen and their lives. As the girls escape their very different lives in Ireland to move to London with very different motives and reasons for their escape. It is a real page turner, an enthralling read, transporting the reader back to the ‘swinging sixties’ and gangland London. It is a story of how the girls’ separate lives start to entwine, creating a tapestry that slowly develops to reveal a bigger picture filled with danger, angst and turmoil. I’m trying not to give anything away about the plot! The story has great characters and is an emotional roller coaster ride! There are shocks and surprises along the way - and tumultuous times for all three girls as they become more involved in working for one of London’s most feared gangland bosses. There’s additional danger when people from their past come to call . . . . This is a shocking, heartwarming, surprising and moving story of the three girls, their hopes, dreams, secrets, fears and friendship are all key to this amazing, dramatic story which I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending. I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Compelling, beguiling, and undeniably moving! That Girl is an enthralling story about dreams, courage, heartbreak, goals, secrets, adventure, new love, self-discovery, and friendship all set against the backdrop of 1960s London when King's Road was alive and grooving and had more than its fair share of velvet, miniskirts, pubs, gangsters, and violence. There are three main Irish lasses in this novel; Hanna, a young woman running from an abusive past; Lara a hardworking, brokenhearted seamstress; and Noreen a fun-loving gal, looking for a good time. The prose is expressive and effortless. The characterization is spot on with a wonderful cast of characters, including some determined, fearless women who learn through friendship and compassion to let go of the past and embrace the future. And the plot is the perfect blend of heart, humour, hope, surprises, and drama. Overall, I have to say that Kerrigan has done a smashing job on this novel. That Girl is truly a fantastic read with a little bit of everything, suspense, romance, and even a dab of dark comedy and just in case you couldn't tell already, I absolutely loved it!