The Girl in the White Dress by Paul Barrell

  • Paperback: 248 pages

  • Publisher: Independently published (13 Feb. 2020)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-13: 979-8606558872

  • ASIN: B084DD8Z8T



The Girl in the White Dress is quite simply unforgettable and unputdownable.

It is based on true story .

Every Family has secrets.

Imagine discovering you were guilty of something you can’t remember.

1974 A family from London take a trip of a lifetime to the Caribbean aboard the cruise liner Oriana.

2005 The Peak District. Following the death of his wife , Paul finds a menu card from the Oriana covered in personal messages from the ghosts of his childhood.

One particular address catches his eye , and memories are stirred as he begins to dream about a girl in a white dress.Gradually with his mothers help he starts to unravel the identity of a long forgotten childhood sweetheart, and the disturbing truth about an incident that took place in their cabin.

Something that would implicate his whole family, a Pandoras box of lies and deceit.Paul never saw the girl again after the cruise .

Their shared guilt had remained hidden for 30 years.

That was until today…

It is a remarkable true story about loss and grief, and one persons quest for the truth. Sometimes in life things happen to us that are beyond our control; you don’t need to believe in ghosts or the supernatural, just believe in the Universe and the threads of random chance that link us all together


Paul Barrell is a keen sportsman, and has skied all over the world. He is a serial entrepreneur and has owned restaurants, wine companies and is passionate about food and wine. He came to writing later than most, and writes about real events and people that have shaped his life. His first book Postcards from Pimlico is currently being turned into a screenplay for TV. He now lives in the Surrey Hills with his wife and rescue dog Lottie.

Keep in touch with Paul:

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My Thoughts

I wasn’t expecting to be as impressed as I was about this book. I had never heard of this author and the story at first didn’t seem to grab me.

It was a vacation from hell ot felt like and trying to piece together what happened all those many years ago.

The story about 1/4 of the way in started to pick up the pace and I got really interested in finding out about the past of Paul.

If you like a story that revolves around a cold case this book is just what you might love. Cold cases are something I really enjoy.

The writing was fluidic and really seemed to work well for this type of book. Looking forward to see what else this author has to offer.

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