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Cold Light

Cold Light

I’m sitting on my couch, watching the local news. There’s Chloe’s parents, the mayor, the hangers on, all grouped round the pond for the ceremony. It’s ten years since Chloe and Carl drowned, and they’ve finally chosen a memorial – a stupid summerhouse. The mayor has a spade decked out in pink and white ribbon, and he’s started to dig.

You can tell from their faces that something has gone wrong. But I’m the one who knows straightaway that the mayor has found a body. And I know who it is.

This is the tale of three fourteen-year-old girls and a volatile combination of lies, jealousy and perversion that ends in tragedy. Except the tragedy is even darker and more tangled than their tight-knit community has been persuaded to believe.

Blackly funny and with a surreal edge to its portrait of a northern English town, Jenn Ashworth’s gripping novel captures the intensity of girls’ friendships and the dangers they face in a predatory adult world they think they can handle. And it shows just how far that world is willing to let sentiment get in the way of the truth.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 19th January 2012

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781444707762

Reviews

Ashworth's novel is bleak and gritty, painting an uncompromising portrait of teenage life... In the best possible way this novel is an uncomfortable read.
Lucy Scholes, Sunday Times
That most uncommon delight - a literary page-turner.
<i>Sunday Times</i>
Haunting...it is told by the hand of a true storyteller.
<i>Independent</i>
Award-winning Jenn Ashworth leavens a bleak but pacey story with dry, wry humour, resulting in an extraordinarily perceptive and beautifully written novel
<i>Sunday Express</i>
A psychological thriller of the first order.
<i>The Age</i>, Australia
A wonderful tale, beautifully told.
<i>Bella</i>
Remember teenage bitching and insecurity? This book will take you back there, except with more lies and gruesome murder. Scarily believable.
<i>Fabulous</i>
a chilling, blackly funny novel with a surreal edge about the intensity of teenage friendship.
<i>Grazia</i>
Another cleverly skewed tale told from the self-conscious perspective of an outsider... arrestingly observant... Ashworth's second book confirms that the first was no one-off... her talent could take her a long way
<i>Guardian</i>