Fourteen-year-old Sarah Vale has gone missing from the small town of Banville. She’s the daughter of the local whore so no one cares except Tommy Johns, who loves her with all the unadulterated, tentative passion of a teenage boy.
Tommy galvanises the town’s policeman Sergeant Henson, and together they turn Banville inside out, searching for the lost girl.
The Vale Girl is a delicate and layered exploration of secrets and lies, forgotten children and absent parents, and the long shadows of the past.
An extraordinary debut from a talented new writer.