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  • Published: 2 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781741663136
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $24.99
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Pretty Girl




If you liked Beautiful Malice or Mice you'll be on the edge of your seat as you read Pretty Girl.

Best friends Paige, Sarah, Jess and Tallulah have begun their first year of university. They're living on campus at Galston College and it seems like at last life is starting. But after a college party, things between the friends change. One night, Sarah saves Paige from drowning in the university swimming pool, and she's convinced she glimpsed someone else sneaking away in the dark. Then Jess's body is found outside the college laundry; it seems she had secrets too.

With Paige in hospital, that leaves Sarah and Tallulah. Grieving and guilt-stricken, the girls withdraw from each other. It's not until Sarah meets the gorgeous and charming Jonny that she can finally tell someone what she thinks she saw by the pool that night. Will sharing her suspicions put Sarah's life at risk too?

  • Pub date: 2 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781741663136
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

J.C. Burke

J.C. Burke was born in Sydney in 1965, the fourth of five sisters. With writers for parents, she grew up in a world of noise, drama and books, but she decided to become a nurse after her mother lost a long battle with cancer. Since Burke started writing in 1999, she has published a number of acclaimed books for teenagers and young adults, including Children's Book Council Notable Books White Lies and The Red Cardigan, Aurealis Awards finalist Nine Letters Long, The Story of Tom Brennan, Faking Sweet, Starfish Sisters, Ocean Pearl, Pig Boy and Pretty Girl. The Story of Tom Brennan won the 2006 CBC Book of the Year - Older Readers and the 2006 Australian Family Therapists Award for Children's Literature and it is currently on the NSW HSC syllabus list. Pig Boy won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction in 2012. Jane lives in Sydney with her family.

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Praise for Pretty Girl

“A great psychological thriller, the likes we generally only see in adult fiction . . . It’s the sort of book you will read in one sitting because the way the story unravels; you need to keep going to put all of the puzzle pieces together.”

whatsrebeccareading.blogspot.com.au

“This is a gripping psychological drama, and a rather cautionary tale, that older girls are sure to enjoy. It also shows the depth of talent in author, J. C. Burke who constantly surprises with her themes, setting and genre.”

Deborah Marshall, readplus.com.au

“A stunning thriller.”

Fran Knight, Magpies


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