Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

The Eighth Girl

“An authentic and heart-rending page-turner. An exceptional debut from a talented author – I can’t wait to see what she writes next.”

Clare Mackintosh

“The second I finished this extremely impressive debut, I went back to the beginning and read it again: I defy anyone else to do otherwise.”

Alison Flood, 'The Guardian', Thriller of the Month

A GRAZIA Book of the Year


Sunday Times Crime Club

“Chung’s engrossing debut thriller asks questions about identity, society and truth through its unforgettable protagonist.”


“A dazzling thriller”


“Intricately plotted and sensitively written, ‘The Eighth Girl’ draws the reader into the dark heart of London’s underworld with relentless tension until the shock of the final reveal.”

Harriet Tyce, author of 'Blood Orange'

“Totally original, gorgeously written, brimming with insight and intelligence.”

Katie Lowe, author of 'The Furies'

“I am so impressed. I love Chung’s writing: The sheer joy she takes in the tones of the separate personalities, and the skill of her negotiation of what is actually a very complicated plot. It’s a brave and ambitious book.”

Sabine Durrant, author of 'Remember Me This Way'

“Deftly written by an author whose professional expertise shines through, I was captivated by The Eighth Girl. A dark and disturbing tale set in London’s gritty underbelly, The Eighth Girl asks big questions about identity, truth and society.”

Adam Hamdy, Author of 'Black 13'

“An intricately woven character piece that doesn’t shy away from powerful storytelling. Chung’s writing is bold and full of immersive details, plunging you into the mind – or minds – of a real-life disorder many might know, but few understand. The tension is high, and I found myself reading obsessively. Brilliance in abundance.”

Courttia Newland, co-writer of the 'Small Axe' film series

“The ‘Eighth Girl’ is an exquisite exploration of childhood trauma and its impact on the psyche. Part thriller, part character study, I devoured this novel in one sitting, reflecting on each sentence, each passage and each astute observation of humanity. A true gem!”

Wendy Walker, bestselling author of 'The Night Before'

“[A] fascinating debut.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A multi-layered and compelling exploration of Dissociative Identity Disorder. The author’s expertise of the subject is clear. Intelligent, sensitive and totally engrossing.”

Will Dean, Author of 'Dark Pines'

“Fans of psychological thrillers will be curious to see what Chung comes up with next.”

Publishers Weekly

“[S]tunning and disturbing… Chung’s compelling debut plumbs the depths of trauma and its long-lasting effects on the human psyche.”

Library Journal


Maxine Mei-Fung Chung is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and training psychotherapist.

She lectures on trauma, gender and sexuality, clinical dissociation, and attachment theory at the Bowlby Centre and was awarded the Jafar Kareem Bursary for her work supporting people from ethnic minorities experiencing isolation and mental health problems.

Originally trained in the arts, she previously worked as a creative director for ten years at Condé Nast, The Sunday Times, and The Times (London).

Maxine completed the Faber Academy advanced novel-writing course and currently works in private practice, where she has a particular interest in the creative feminine, advocating for women and girls finding a voice. She lives in London with her son. The Eighth Girl is her debut novel.


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