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The Elephant Girl

Published Date: July 7, 2013

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When five-year-old Helen Stephens witnesses her mother’s murder, her whole world comes crumbling down. Rejected by her extended family, Helen is handed over to child services and learns to trust no-one but herself. Twenty years later, her mother’s killer is let out of jail, and Helen swears vengeance.

Jason Moody runs a halfway house, desperate to distance himself from his father’s gangster dealings. But when Helen shows up on his doorstep, he decides to dig into her past, and risks upsetting some very dangerous people.

As Helen begins to question what really happened to her mother, Jason is determined to protect her. But Helen is getting too close to someone who’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden…

Available in paperback in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Dubai and most English speaking countries plus online bookstores. Ebook currently only available on Kindle – more soon.

Henriette Gyland

Henriette Gyland and other authors - Festival of RomanceHenriette now lives in London but grew up in Northern Denmark and moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express.

Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a consultancy company, in banking, hospital administration, and for a county court before setting herself up as a freelance translator and linguist.

Expecting her first child and feeling bored, she picked up the pen again, and when a writer friend encouraged her to join the Romantic Novelists’ Association, she began to pursue her writing in earnest. Her debut Up Close won the New Talent Award in 2011 from the Festival of Romance and a Commended from the Yeovil Literary Prize.

Henriette’s novels include: Up CloseThe Elephant GirlBlueprint for Love and The Highwayman’s Daughter (May 2014).

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Customer Reviews


  1. Single Titles
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    The Elephant Girl is a superb romantic thriller packed with nail-biting intrigue, heart-pounding suspense, searing emotion, red-hot passion and edge of your seat drama. Henriette Gyland is a terrific storyteller who knows how to amplify the danger, leave her readers breathless with exciting twists and turns and make them care about the characters she writes about. I thought Helen was a fantastic heroine. She was a strong, determined and controlled character who managed to overcome all the obstacles that had been thrown in her way to become the person she wanted to be. I also thought Jason was a wonderful hero – sexy, honourable and charismatic, he is certainly the guy you’d want by your side in a crisis! A spellbinding read that kept me up way past my bedtime, The Elephant Girl is a must-read for fans of romantic suspense the world over!

    Reviewed by Julie at Single Titles. Read the full review here…

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    …This is a good book about people who you can feel are real from the start. You can identify with the plot from the very beginning. This is a really enjoyable read of loss, love, friendship, revenge, hope and redemption.
    Reviewed by Penny Via
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    A sweet love story is buried in the pages of this story, in which a high-end auction house is the battleground for familial rivalry, greed and violence. As the setting moves from the exotic locales of India to the mean streets of London, there’s plenty of tension to be had among the key players. The final reveal is well-played.

    4 stars! Reviewed by Donna, RT Book Reviews Magazine, October 2013.

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    The folks at Choc Lit do a nice line in quirky romance, often with a supernatural twist. But this one is a far darker tale about murder, suicide, gangsters and facing hard family truths. Luckily, Gyland beautifully builds the atmosphere and wisely gives us a budding romance, too.

    4 stars. Reviewed by Stefan, 7th August ’13. Star Magazine.

  6. Dear Author
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    “The Elephant Girl” has an emotionally satisfying, if very dramatic, ending with the villain literally being served justice because of their own actions. Karma’s a bitch even if the reader gets a hefty dose of villain exposition beforehand. I enjoyed “The Elephant Girl” and getting something a little different from the usual English Chick Lit style novel I seem to be addicted to. B

    ~Jayne. July Recommended Read. ~

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    Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

    A fast-moving romantic thriller set around an auction house and possible illegal trading. We think it’s another hit from small publisher Choc Lit. Twenty years after witnessing her mother’s murder, and living in India, Helen is still struggling to come to terms with the loss. Then she find out the woman convicted of the murder has been released from prison and she goes home to London to try to put some ghosts to rest.

    Following on from Henriette’s successful debut, Up Close, this is another gripping thriller.

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