freida and isabel have been best friends their whole lives. Now, aged sixteen and in their final year at the School, they expect to be selected as companions - wives to wealthy and powerful men. The alternative - life as a concubine - is too horrible to contemplate. But as the intensity of the final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty - her only asset - in peril. And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride. freida must fight for her future - even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known...
Winner of Irish Book Awards: Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for "The Bookseller" YA Book Prize 2015.
'A dark dream. A vivid nightmare. The world O'Neill imagines is frightening because it could come true. She writes with a scalpel' Jeanette Winterson. 'Utterly magnificent ... gripping, accomplished and dark' Marian Keyes.