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Ghosted

Ghosted

A deeply affecting and unconventional love story, shot through with anger, black humour and grief.

One ordinary morning, Laurie’s husband Mark vanishes, leaving behind his phone and wallet. For weeks, she tells no one, carrying on her job as a cleaner at the local university, visiting her tricky, dementia-suffering father and holing up in her tower-block flat with a bottle to hand. When she finally reports Mark as missing, the police are suspicious. Why did she take so long? Wasn’t she worried?

It turns out there are many more mysteries in Laurie’s account of events, though not just because she glosses over the facts. At the time, she couldn’t explain much of her behaviour herself. But as she looks back on the ensuing wreckage – the friendships broken, the wild accusations she made, the one-night stand – she can see more clearly what lay behind it. And if it’s not too late, she can see how she might repair the damage and, most of all, forgive herself.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Romance / Adult & Contemporary Romance

On Sale: 10th June 2021

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781529336795

Reviews

Praise for Jenn Ashworth's last novel, FELL: 'A disturbing, precisely rendered tale of charisma, misplaced faith and transgenerational trauma, with a touch of the supernatural . . . [it] brings to mind the claustrophobic, suburban world of Dennis Potter's great play Brimstone and Treacle.' - Alex Clark, Spectator
Headily atmospheric and luminously written. Ashworth's narrative is packed with the pungent smells of the sea and decay . . . her pages are threaded with original, arresting images . . . not many writers could bind the supernatural and the literary with such lightness of touch
Francesca Angelini, Sunday Times
Ashworth's gift for capturing the quirky ordinariness of life is as sharp here as it is in her previous novels . . . Dark, compelling, beautifully written, Fell adds another powerful story to the mythology of our strange hinterlands.
Andrew Michael Hurley, Guardian
A beautifully written book which cleverly blurs fantasy and realism.
David Mitchell, Daily Mail
Despite the ethereal narrators, the book's triumph is in the corporeal, the ache of the mundane, the beauty of small things. The characters have a poetry of the ordinary - a brokenness reminiscent of Alan Bennett that makes them flesh and blood.
Ruth McKee, Irish Times
There's magic in this Lancashire-set novel . . . Atmospheric [and] empathic
Stephanie Cross, Lady
This marvellous novel is both haunted and haunting, as Ashworth expertly blurs the boundaries between the past and the present, the homely and the uncanny, the quick and the dead. Touching on profound questions of myth, mortality and redemption, it is both sinister and beautiful - and ultimately tender.
Sarah Perry, author of <i>The Essex Serpent</i>
Eerie and lyrical - prepare to be haunted by this innovative novel.
Carys Bray, author of <i>Sweet Home</i> and <i>A Song For Issy Bradley</i>