The New Girl

Publication Date:

July 2018



Original language and publisher

English (UK) | HarperCollins UK


Crime & Thrillers

The New Girl

  • 2 Seas Represents: Dutch and Nordic Countries rights.
  • Rights sold: Czech Republic (Euromedia)


A beautifully edgy thriller from a powerful new voice. The narration is convincing and the story zips along at a terrific pace. Sheer class. — Daren King, Guardian First Novel Award shortlisted and Nestle Prize winning author

A gripping tale about a flat share that goes horribly wrong. This book explores the dark depths of violent relationships, abuse and mental illness, with a complex protagonist who finally manages to turn her life around, but then suddenly realises that her closest ally might also be the most deadly… I was captivated by the pace and elegance of Ingrid’s writing, and this is a truly sensational debut that asks important and unsettling questions of its readers. — Rachel Faulkner-Willcocks, Avon Books

What an addictive novel! A thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying read.’ — Sam Carrington

Ingrid Alexandra creates incredible tension from page one. A thoroughly unsettling read – in the best way possible!’  Sarah Bailey

I couldn’t stop reading it … The writing is very assured, and the plotting is like a clock. THE NEW GIRL is a thrilling debut, with the most shocking twist since THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.  Ruth Dugdall, CWA Debut Dagger winner

A wonderfully-crafted story that takes you hostage from page one and never lets you go.— Rick Mofina, USA Today bestselling author

For readers of Her by Harriet Lane, Erin Kelly, Elizabeth Haynes, PJ Delaney, Liane Moriarty, Claire Macintosh and Sabine Durrant.

S. J. Watson’s BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP meets cult frenemy film Single White Female in this gripping and creepy psychological thriller set in Australia.

THE NEW GIRL delves into what lies behind toxic relationships and their disturbing – and sometimes deadly – consequences.

You’ve only just met. But she already knows you so well…

Mary has learned to live with the gaps in her memory. But when her fate depends on what she saw the night of a murder, she must learn to remember… or die trying.

Mary can’t remember what happened that night at the party on the beach, but when she learns that a young man was killed – someone both she and her violent ex, Mark, knew – she’s terrified that Mark had something to do with it. And when he begins threatening her, saying he’s coming to find her, she’s sure of it.

Now Mary’s future (and sanity) depends on her memory of that night. But without evidence, and her mind full of blank spaces, the police and Mary’s friends do not believe her story. When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary.

Rachel becomes a friend and an ally, and Mary soon discovers that they have more in common than she ever could have imagined. In fact, Rachel seems to know more about Mary than she knows about herself…

And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, everyone’s fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently escaped a toxic relationship, she needs the support. With everyone doubting her story and danger closing in… who else can Mary trust?

Who do you trust… when you can’t trust yourself?

Prior to acquiring her degree in education at Macquarie University, Sydney, Ingrid Alexandra studied journalism and professional writing at The University of Western Sydney. She completed an advanced course in creative writing at the Sydney Writer’s Centre and is an active member of Sisters in Crime (AU). Ingrid also writes Young Adult romance under another name and was long-listed for The Ampersand Prize.

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