The Lost Girl

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Life can be stitched from scratch. The lost can be remade. And Eva, a teenage girl, must risk everything to survive and to love.

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THE LOST GIRL Cover (US)Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination – an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her ‘other’, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known – the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love – to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

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To date The Lost Girl has sold to the following territories and is available in the countries included in those territories:

North America, United Kingdom and Commonwealth, Germany, Turkey


“Both an interrogation of bioethics and a mesmerizing quest for identity, this debut succeeds through its careful development of the oh-so-human Eva and those around her. A provocative and page-turning thriller/romance that gets at the heart of what it means to be human.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“The most honest portrait of grief and loss that I’ve read in a long time. Filled with heartache, love and things that would stir Mary Shelley’s ghost, this is a story not to be missed.”
-Lauren DeStefano, New York Times bestselling author of the Chemical Garden trilogy

“Mandanna’s debut novel is lovely and at times heartbreaking… A thoughtful study of both a girl’s search for her identity and the human reaction to death.”
-Publishers Weekly


I listen to music when I write, often obsessively, and THE LOST GIRL has its own playlist. Sometimes a song helps me feel the mood of a scene (like ‘Trouble is a Friend’), sometimes the songs fit a character’s point of view (‘In My Arms’ for Mina Ma, or ‘This Used to Be My Playground’ for Alisha), and sometimes a song just seems perfect for Eva’s relationship with someone else (‘Rabbit Heart’ always makes me think of Eva and Matthew).

1. Francois-Paul Aiche – Chimerical Dream
2. Michael Jackson – Beat It
3. Plumb – In My Arms
4. Coldplay – Fix You
5. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
6. Florence and the Machine – Rabbit Heart
7. Snow Patrol featuring Martha Wainwright – Set the Fire to the Third Bar
8. Madonna – This Used to Be My Playground
9. Lenka – Trouble is a Friend
10. AFI – This Time Imperfect
11. Damien Rice – 9 Crimes
12. Adele – Set Fire to the Rain
13. Declan Flynn – Ease My Pain
14. Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body
15. Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out
16. White Lies – Farewell to the Fairground
17. Trading Yesterday – For You Only
18. Jessie J – Nobody’s Perfect
19. Snow Patrol – Run
20. Mumford & Sons – White Blank Page
21. Adele – Someone Like You



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