Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

The Eighth Girl

One woman, multiple personas.
But which one is telling the truth?

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'

“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'

“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'

[A] fascinating debut.

Kirkus Reviews

A clever twist, fans of psychological thrillers will be curious to see what Chung comes up with next.

Publishers Weekly

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'

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 the Tuva Moodyson Series

About

Maxine Mei-Fung ChungMaxine 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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