The Last Girl Guide

Dark Fairy Tales Series

The Last Girl Guide

The Last Girl Guide

Dark Fairy Tales Series

Novel by Karen Wrighton



You are autistic, you are a teenager and you are alone in a post-apocalyptic world plagued by ferocious, man-eating dogs. - What would you do?

First book of the Dark Fairy Tales Series. A modern Retelling of Red Riding Hood - but much, much, darker….

Human extinction is inevitable - there is no going back.The pox spread quickly, within weeks everyone was dead - everyone except Harper McKenzie. Barely fifteen, Harper is an orphan, but a true survivor - life made her that way. An autistic loner, suffering years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her alcoholic mother, Harper seems remarkably undamaged, but can anyone hope to survive a lifetime of isolation without descending into madness?

Then there are the dogs; they hunt in packs, and nothing living is safe.

After surviving a savage attack, Harper begins an expedition of hope. Searching for other survivors, she records her journey in a diary. The diary of an apocalypse survivor - because damaged people know how to survive. This is her story; Harper Lee McKenzie - The Last Girl Guide. 
What readers are saying:

“A post-apocalyptic survival story with a fascinating, endearing and unforgettable character. I couldn’t put it down!” - EAD Press

“A dark, compelling story, with a remarkable and resourceful teenage character. As original as The Girl with all the Gifts, but minus the Zombies! I found it quite captivating and I will definitely be reading more of this author.” Jan Brooks - The Book Villiage.

“Terrifying look into our dystopian future in this post-Apocalyptic ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ - I gobbled it up in one sitting!” - J. Burns, The Book Worm.

“Damaged people know how to survive… An electrifying, and often touching insight into one girl’s struggle to survive in a hostile dystopian world. Captivating..” Kelly Morris, The Bibliophiles Bookbag.

“Harper McKenzie will stay with me for for a long time….” R. Crask, YA Readers Club. 

If you loved Divergent, One Second After, The Road, The Passage, Oryx and Crake, or Alas Babylon you should enjoy this roller coaster ride of fear, tenacity, and courage, and the unlikely friendship that develops between one girl and a dog. 


An established British Author, Karen Wrighton is an Amazon bestselling author of books for teenagers and for adults with teenage hearts. Karen’s books are a blend of everything she loves to read - tales of Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem!

Most of Karen’s work falls under the broad umbrella of Speculative Fiction, a genre of fiction that involves supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements. This encompasses the traditional genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Supernatural Fiction and Science Fantasy.

This eclectic genre provides Karen with the flexibility to write stories which, appear to be very different from one other, yet maintain that ‘other worldly’ element which characterises her work.

Karen’s début novel ASCENSION OF THE WHYTE became an Amazon Bestseller, as did the second in the series RYTE OF PASSAGE. The Afterland Chronicles series, described as Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter, was completed in 2017 with the release of ICE AND FYRE, the third book in the series.

Karen’s Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian novel, THE LAST GIRL GUIDE, also won high praise. Breaking with the current trend for ‘Zombie’ Apocalypse books, the novel has been favourably compared to similar works of speculative fiction such as ‘The Road’ and ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’.

Prior to becoming an author, Karen worked for nine years with the Norfolk Police before gaining a first degree in Bio-Psychological Sciences and later, a Masters in Psychological and Medical Sciences. Karen then taught Psychology at Local Colleges for over fifteen years before giving up teaching to write full time.

Karen has two daughters and lives in a small cottage in rural Norfolk, England with her husband John, crazy dog Jinks, and Pippin, their remarkably lazy cat.

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