What can I say - violent, disgusting and sordid. All of these things. But, told in the words of a thirteen year American old girl who has absconded from a care home, whose mother has died and whose criminal father has long ago deserted her, it is utterly absorbing. The language is bare, sharp, concise, unadorned. Definitely not the 'American Dream' novel. A debut and hopefully there will be more from this author.