Who is the Lullaby Girl?
Found washed up on the banks of a remote loch, a mysterious girl is taken into the care of a psychiatric home in the highlands of Scotland, Mute and covered in bruises, she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. The only clue to her identity is the Danish lullaby she sings...
Inside the care home, she should be safe. But, harassed by the media and treated as a nuisance by under-pressure staff, she finds the home is far from a haven. And as her memories slowly surface, the Lullaby Girl does her best to submerge them again. Some things are too terrible to remember... but unless she confronts her fear, how can she find out who she really is?
Taut, tense and mesmerising, Lullaby Girl is a shining debut from an exciting and very talented new author.
Published: 4th June 2015
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 408 pages
Aly Sidgwick spent many years in Oslo as a tattoo artist and comic strip artist before turning to writing. She became obsessed and didn't tell anyone she was writing for six months. She has lived in North Yorkshire, Norway, Sweden and Edinburgh. Her spare time is devoted to reading, painting, travelling, and drinking lots of black coffee.
"Remember Gone Girl anyone?... This debut from Aly Sidgwick is set to do the same." (The Best New Authors You Need to Know About Now)
"A reflective piece of work which runs alongside a back story in the traditional style of a fast moving thriller... a hybrid between literary skills and genre thrills."
"A psychologically harrowing study of mental illness, Lullaby Girl is a rather astonishing debut novel. Confident, daring, and constantly uncomfortable, it will keep you on your toes. Definitely worth keeping an eye on where Sidgwick goes from here."
"The storytelling is at once poetic and suspenseful, giving the reader the conflicting desires to both contemplate a beautiful phrase and rush through the pages like a paperback mystery novel."
"Her work had beautiful textures, and big portions of darkness and humour, with equal parts of a sadness to them... seeing her drawings and tattoos i was not at all surprised that she wrote a novel, or that it was a good one. There is a great sense of tension, and of coldness in the story, but Sidgwick has a keen eye for detail and a dark sense of humour that shines through, making the dark and the cold easier to pass through. And to make the dark passages of the mind bearable is an achievement indeed."
KOLBEINN KARLSSON, author of The Troll King