The Girl Who Died by Wendy Dranfield @WendyDranfield #BookReview #AuthorTakeOver

Posted February 3, 2020 by Zoé in Author TakeOver, Book Reviews / 6 Comments

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The Girl Who Died by Wendy Dranfield @WendyDranfield #BookReview #AuthorTakeOverThe Girl Who Died by Wendy Dranfield
Published by Wendy Dranfield on May 7, 2015
Pages: 176
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Also by this author: Who Cares If They Die, Where the Snow Bleeds, Won't You Save Me, Where the Snow Bleeds, Who Cares If They Die

Fifteen year old Hannah has killed her best friend, Katie. Whether or not it was intentional, only they know. With the police and Katie’s family desperately demanding answers, Hannah’s world is torn apart as she has to decide what to do next and whether that involves doing the right thing.

Hannah’s choice is made more difficult due to her new closeness with Katie’s older brother, Josh.

The traumatic event of Katie’s death unearths secrets best left untold, but to leave them untold would put another life at risk.

Longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Writing Competition and adapted from Wendy Dranfield’s previously published short story ‘Blue’ (published by Fish Publishing and also available in Wendy Dranfield’s short story anthology ‘End of the Road’).

It is a day of no Dean!! I am not sure I can handle this! But this book is linked to Dean as Hannah is featured in Book 2 – Where the Snow Bleeds!! Eeek!!

My Review

I have to say I am speechless, as I write this review it’s been a short 10 minutes in which time I have messaged Wendy, ran a bath and marked the book as read on Goodreads. I flew through The Girl Who Died, it was just…well it was just. I have no words. I have been eager to read this book ever since I read Where the Snow Bleeds as I was made aware that Hannah had her own book and was it powerful. It is so not an easy read and does tackle difficult subjects, it is not a race to the finish type of book (even though I did) it is a slow burner showing the lives of everyone, it is a character-driven book as we learn what secrets need to be told.

Secrets and lies cause so much destruction it is unreal and it is even case and point here when Katie, Hannah’s best friend, is found dead at the bottom of a quarry. Hannah says she killed her but is it that cut and dry?!

We have the entire story told from Hannah’s point of view, we see all of her sufferings, everything is laid bare for this girl, every horrific thought, every anger, anguish, heartbreak and tears. Could it all be as simple as what we are led to believe?

Ah but alas, paths never do run smoothly and it is no different here. What you think you know, you find out more and it’s not always for the better. It is set over five short weeks, with Katie dying pretty much at the beginning of summer leave and we have our eyes opened as the innocence of these 15-year-old girls are stripped away for good. Hannah is immature and you see that so clearly through Wendy’s writing, her writing is far from immature. She writes as if she is Hannah, a 15-year-old girl talking but growing up too quickly due to circumstances. She keeps the secrets, she tells the stories, she does extremely reckless and selfish things just like you imagined a 15-year-old would in this situation. Yet at the same time, it is all believable. I devoured this and sadly could imagine this being a scandal that broke out on the news especially in this day and age.

My heart broke for everyone, this death affected a lot of people in a variety of ways and not always for the better. Hannah has lost her friends, her mum can’t be near her, the only solace she has is Josh, but he’s Katie’s big brother. Both are lonely souls trying to understand what has happened and whether they can move on from these events.

I won’t tell you anything else about the plot, I just want to get this book on everyone’s radar. It’s a relevant book for the current times, it’s shocking and as I said it has left me speechless (not an easy thing to do!). It has been classed as a Young Adults, but it truly is so much more than that. I still can’t believe this was written before her Dean Matheson series, because man the writing here is just unbelievable. I feel like I have been reading her work for years, not the 2 years I have been.

It’s on Kindle Unlimited so you would be crazy not to pick this up. It doesn’t pussyfoot about nor sugarcoat anything. There is darkness here, a different kind to the Dean series but darkness nevertheless of how one death can cause such a butterfly effect.


Come back tomorrow where you can FINALLY meet the main man himself Dean!!

Until next time xxx

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About Wendy Dranfield

Wendy is a British crime thriller writer who lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband and 3 rescue cats.

She started writing as a young girl, thanks to her love of reading, and still has some of the ghost and crime stories she wrote back then. She occasionally reads them when she needs a good laugh.

After completing a degree in Creative Writing & Philosophy, Wendy is now both an indie author (of a dark YA novel which was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition) and a traditionally published author, with several short stories published in UK and US anthologies.

‘Who Cares if they Die’ is her debut novel, published by Ruby Fiction, and Wendy is currently writing the next in the series. They are set in the US and follow Officer Dean Matheson and his mission to become a homicide detective.

Wendy is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Authors.

When not writing, she wastes her time on Twitter, complaining about not having enough time to write.

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