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The Lost Girl

By Sangu Mandanna
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna digital book - Fable

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Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her "other," if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning 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 sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything and everyone 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.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.

From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be—until she found the strength to decide for herself.

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“WOW! Four hours. This book took me four hours to read while at work. This was just... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it. I was 82% in the ebook when I decided to take a break and go to Half.com to order myself a hardcover copy. ($0.75 + $3 shipping whuuuut?!) Eva is an echo of Amarra. Eva has spent her entire life learning everything about Amarra, because Eva's sole purpose for having been created is to replace Amarra should she die...which she does. Both of them aren't happy about this. Amarra thinks Eva is a thief out to steal everything from her, while Eva thinks Amarra goes out of her way to make their lives miserable. Amarra doesn't want to share everything with Eva, especially when it comes to Ray. They want me to tell you all about him. They want me to tell you everything, everything we did, the places we’ve been, secrets we’ve told each other. All that stuff. But you’re crazy if you think I will. You’re a thief. You’ve stolen everything else. But you can’t have this. You have no right to him. While Amarra seems like a bitch for the way she regards Eva, I completely understand where she's coming from because I understand how Eva feels if the shoe were on the other foot. Eva's relationship with Sean is something Eva wouldn't want to share either. Ray complicates things as well. He catches on to the ruse, and it's putting Eva in danger. He hasn't moved on from Amarra, and how could he when her echo is walking and breathing so close to him? “You were made so she could have that second chance!” “She didn’t want it!” I shout back. People on the street are beginning to stare, but I don’t care. “She didn’t want me, remember? I don’t owe her a bloody thing. She wanted her one life and she had it. You love her, you want her back, and I understand that, but all this”—I raise my hands, show them to him—“all of me? This is mine. You don’t get to think about taking it away.” And Sean? Ugh.... Eva pining for him was just heartbreaking. I enjoyed this book, truly. The feels I got were real.”
“This book was very good. It gave me many surprises when I thought it would go down a cliche path. I loved the story and it was a great read, hard to put down.”

About Sangu Mandanna

Sangu Mandanna was four years old when she was chased by an elephant, wrote her first story about it, and decided this was what she wanted to do with her life. Seventeen years later, she read Frankenstein. It sent her into a writing frenzy that became The Lost Girl, a novel about death and love and the tie that binds the two together. Sangu lives in England with her husband and son.

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