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The Girl She Was
The Girl She Was

The Girl She Was



320 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: September 2021

ISBN 9780648508434

Rights: US & CA

Lost the Plot (Sep 2021)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: September 2021


'She'd long ago stopped wondering whether anyone would find out what she'd done. It was in the past, and Layla didn't dwell on the past.' At the cafe in the small town of Glasswater Bay where she works after school, seventeen-year-old Layla enters into a volatile relationship with her married boss. Twenty years later, she receives a message from her former boss's wife. As Layla relives the events from her youth that have shaped her present, her past starts to infiltrate her life in a way she can no longer ignore. She's run from her town, her friends and the memory of what she's done. Now she must face them all.


"This novel has many strengths, none more so than the pitch-perfect dialogue and real suspense. Yet what lingers is that it is all so possible.' The Weekly Times "Timely, painful and playful all at once, Freeborn's book may be a challenging wake-up call to readers, and not just those who share Layla's profile." Readings

Author Biography

Rebecca Freeborn, the author of Hot Pursuit (2018) and Misconception (2019) has been writing since the age of 12. At her home in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, she writes before the sun comes up. By day, she works as a communications and content editor for the South Australian Government. Rebecca lives with her husband, three kids, a dog, a cat and a horse and spends her moments of spare time reading novels and feminist articles and compulsively checking Facebook. The Girl She Was is Rebecca's third novel.