In Falls Landing, Florida – a place built of theme parks, swampy lakes, and scorched bougainvillea flowers – something sinister lurks in the deep. A gang of thirteen-year-old girls obsessively orbit around the local preacher’s daughter, Sammy. She is mesmerizing, older, and in love with Eddie. But suddenly, Sammy goes missing. Where is she? Watching from a distance, they edge ever closer to discovering a dark secret about their fame-hungry town and the cruel cost of a ticket out. What they uncover will continue to haunt them for the rest of their lives. Through a darkly beautiful and brutally compelling lens, Dizz Tate captures the violence, horrors, and manic joys of girlhood. ‘Brutes’ is a novel about the seemingly unbreakable bonds in the ‘we’ of young friendship, and the moment it is broken forever.

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‘Riveting.’ Elle
‘Brilliant.’ Sophie Mackintosh
‘Glittering.’ Marie Claire
‘Enthralling.’ New York Times
‘Manages to bottle up that chaotic and messy feeling of girlhood.’ Stylist

Huddled at a bedroom window, a group of teenagers peer out at their scorched, swampy, fame-hungry town. Taking turns with the binoculars, their gaze sweeps across the highway and the abandoned construction site to the lake. Figures drift across the landscape: mothers, fathers, a preacher’s daughter.

These girls know everything about everyone – perhaps too much.

‘Beautiful and deeply strange. I loved it.’ Mariana Enriquez
‘Assured, insightful, quietly savage.’ Nicole Flattery
‘Brutes feels wonderfully untethered, wild and unpredictable.’ Danya Kukafka

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Weight 199 g
Dimensions 19.5 × 13 × 1.5 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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