Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

girl in pieces

I picked this book up by chance, the dust cover was lost so I had no blurb to go by. I read a few lines in page one and instantly I was hooked. Charlie Davis is 17, and a self-harmer, who has done great damage to herself. She is found in an attic by her drug-addicted “friends”, who roll her up in a blanket and driver her to the local Emergency Department. She is currently in a residential psychiatric hospital. She doesn’t speak, and is referred to by her fellow patients as Silent Sue.

She is released into the care of her mother, who swiftly abandons her again. Charlie is left to fend for herself and, despite her best efforts to stay well, inevitably ends up in some tricky situations.

This book is tough going in parts and is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Written by a woman with her own self-harm experience, this book is extremely graphic in is descriptions of abuse, addiction and mental health. At 400+ pages this is no light read but it was so gripping that I had it read in a couple of nights – with the possible side effects of some sleep deprivation! I highly recommend it for anyone looking to read something different, and true to life.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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