Heart-shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne – review

What’s Heart-shaped Bruise about?

Emily Koll is the most notorious inmate at Archway Young Offenders Institution. Through her secret journals, she tells her version of the events leading up to her trial – something she’s not done since her arrest.

Heart-shaped Bruise is a page-turning account of how a young life can quickly go awry. Through Emily’s emotive description of life with her fellow inmates, she drip-feeds the reader clues to what led to her arrest but it isn’t until the book’s dramatic climax that all is revealed.

goodtoknow says: We were gripped by Heart-shaped Bruise from the beginning. Emily’s character so perfectly captured feelings of teenage love, angst, rage and confusion and she made for a perfect anti-heroine. Gripped by what it was that landed her in her situation, we devoured page after page in next to no time.

Heart-shaped Bruise is a great tale of how revenge can consume even the sweetest young thing. A perfect holiday read.

Rating: 8/10

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Publisher: Headline

Publish Date: Out now

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