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A compelling, brutal and heart-breaking story about identity, infamy and revenge, from debut author Tanya Byrne. Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2012

They say I’m evil.

The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who sigh on the six o’clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me.

And everyone believes it. Including you.

But you don’t know. You don’t know who I used to be. Who I could have been.

Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever shake off my mistakes or if I’ll just carry them around with me forever like a bunch of red balloons

Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story for the first time.

Heart-Shaped Bruise is a compulsive and moving novel about infamy, identity and how far a person might go to seek revenge.

Reviews

Intriguing and compelling - a very accomplished debut
Sophie Hannah, bestselling crime fiction author
'Byrne is a talented writer with attitude and a fresh, original voice'
<I> Daily Mail </I>
'It's compelling and clever. We loved'
<I> Company </I>
'Reminiscent of The Catcher in the Rye, this psychological jigsaw of a novel will appeal to your dark side'
<I> Glamour </I>