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That Green Eyed Girl by Julie Owen Moylan

Publication Date 12 May 2022

1955: In an apartment on the Lower East Side, school teachers Dovie and Gillian live as lodgers. Dancing behind closed curtains, mixing cocktails for two, they guard their private lives fiercely. Until someone guesses the truth . . .

1975: Twenty years later in the same apartment, Ava Winters is keeping her own secret. Her mother has become erratic, haunted by something Ava doesn't understand - until one sweltering July morning, she disappears.

Soon after her mother's departure, Ava receives a parcel. Addressed simply to 'Apartment 3B', it contains a photo of a woman with the word 'LIAR' scrawled across it.

Ava does not know what it means or who sent it. But if she can find out then perhaps she'll discover the answers she is seeking - and meet the woman at the heart of it all . . .

Five Star Review

Evocative prose and a bittersweet romance transforms this novel from good to stunning. Seldom does a book leave me feeling so emotional but its exquisite layering creates characters that now haunt my heart. I adored Dovie, Gillian. Ava and her mother. I thought their tale was powerful and poignant. It reaffirmed my belief in the power of love and I will remember them all for a very long time.

Not only striking in its depiction of the dual timelines 1955 and 1975 - all the little details that conjure up their world in vivid images of smoke and jazz - but it presents us with a mystery that compels us to read on. I didn't just want to find out what happened. I needed to know every little detail.

Emotionally gripping with themes of jealousy, loyalty, and the secrets we keep to protect those we love. This book made me smile, cry and rage at the world. I am astounded by its smooth prose that is both sensitive yet potent and the accomplished plotting that elicited so many feelings.

That Green Eyed Girl had me so enraptured that I feel I've just watched a film. I can still see their apartment from the corner of my eye and catch glimpses of them both smiling at each other.

It is a beautiful original book and is sure to win accolades in the book world and love from all its readers.

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