I've seen this on a couple of blogs, yet I didn't set out to read it, but it was another a case of it catching my eye in the library and me thinking why not?
They say I'm evil. The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who shake their heads 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.
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.
Heart-Shaped Bruise is a YA Crime/Thriller, probably a good introduction for budding crime novel devourers. The only problem I had, and this may be a tad spoilery, was that I found myself waiting for a twist that never came. There were too many coincidences for me and I was expecting something a little more complex from the ending. Still I read it in one sitting. Tanya Byrne's writing style is definitely compelling, and in Emily she has created a brittle and fascinating character, that perhaps deserved a better story to inhabit. So, while Heart-Shaped Bruise is not a bad read, and I would recommend it, it is just not what I expected.