Ballad for a Mad Girl
by Vikki Wakefield
Pub Date 30 Nov 2017
‘Wakefield reveals herself to be a master of madness and suspense, rivaling such authors as Adele Griffin and Neal Shusterman...her characters are disturbing, yet sketched with deep compassion for their lonely, wounded hearts.’—Booklist [starred] review of Friday Never Leaving
'Lyrical, suspenseful and haunting.'—Kirkus [starred]
review of Friday Never Leaving
Seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a prankster who is not afraid of anything. One night, after accepting a dare at the local quarry, she experiences something she can’t explain. Suddenly Grace can’t get rid of the voices or the visions.
As she’s drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery surrounding a missing girl, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. Grace can no longer tell what’s real or imagined—all she knows is the ghosts of her town, including that of her own mother, are restless. It seems one of them has granted her an extraordinary gift at a terrible price.
Everything about her is changing—her body, her thoughts, even her actions, seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don’t understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?
Ballad for a Mad Girl is a ghost thriller with a literary angle. An action-packed page turner about survival and the different ways we deal with grief.
‘Everything you already love about Vikki Wakefield – plus a spine-tingling supernatural mystery...brilliantly creepy and thrilling.’—Fiona Wood
'Wakefield is one of Australia's best YA writers. I couldn't put down Ballad for a Mad Girl.’—Cath Crowley
'Brilliant, edgy and unsettling. Grace is a tough
and sympathetic anti-heroine. I felt her grief and, even when I cursed her
curiosity, was compelled to follow her to the story's satisfying, cinematic