Cold Light

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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. 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.

Jenn Ashworth’s gripping and unforgettable Cold Light is the story of a friendship unsettling in its intensity and of one terrible ...

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Overview

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. 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.

Jenn Ashworth’s gripping and unforgettable Cold Light is the story of a friendship unsettling in its intensity and of one terrible summer when lies, secrets, jealousy, and perversion result in tragedy more twisted and evil than one unsuspecting community can handle. A dark tale with a surreal edge, it follows two fourteen-year-old girls, best friends, as they confront the dangers of a predatory adult world, where truth is cruelly sacrificed in the name of innocence.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in a small English town, Ashworth’s second novel (after A Kind of Intimacy) offers an object lesson in the perils of concealing the past. For ten years, twenty-something Laura has kept mum about at least one dreadful secret: What really happened when her best friend Chloe drowned at age 14. The knowledge has crippled Laura’s hopes for a meaningful life. She holds a menial job as a shopping center cleaner and lives alone, fearful that mutual friend Emma might expose her. In her first-person recollections of the fateful months preceding Chloe’s death, Laura dwells—perhaps overmuch—on the minute details of her angst-ridden adolescence. Ashworth pulls no punches. Though some of the dark, British humor may be lost on an American audience, the author’s narrative is revealing, timely, and damning of tabloid-media sensationalism. Agent: Anthony Goff, David Highham Associates. (Oct.)
The Times (London)
“Evokes a damaged mind with the empathy and confidence of Ruth Rendell.”
The Independent
“Hugely readable debut novel […] about the inability to know others and ourselves.”
Waterstone's
“Extremely intense and powerfully intriguing.”
Sunday Times (London)
‘Ashworth has the rare gift of being able to make her reader feel perverse and voyeuristic, implicated somehow in the tragedy laid out on the pages.’
Sunday Express (London)
A grimly atmospheric mystery.
The Age (Australia)
A psychological thriller of the first order.
The Guardian
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’
Bella
A wonderful tale, beautifully told.
Grazia
A chilling, blackly funny novel with a surreal edge about the intensity of teenage friendship.
Library Journal
Ten years after teenagers Chloe and Carol died in a suicide pact, the ground is finally being broken for their memorial—and another body is found. Compared to Tana French and Kate Atkinson, Betty Trask Award winner Ashworth offers a twisty thriller. With a 100,000-copy first printing; feeling good about this one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062076038
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 343
  • Sales rank: 1,395,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 3.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenn Ashworth's first book, A Kind of Intimacy, won the U.K.'s Betty Trask Award. She lives in Preston, Lancashire, with her family and writes an award-winning blog at www.jennashworth.co.uk.
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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A dark dark boo

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    A dark dark book that deals with depression, death and bad relationships - a hard read because at times I just wanted to rescue this character from this world and deposit her into something with sunshines and rainbows. Lola is surrounded by negative things from her home life to her school life to her personal life - the author paints this dark world for her to live in and try to survive. With a little too much whine to her, I fell more in love to her quirky best friend Chloe who had her moments also.

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    Posted November 18, 2012

    Rain

    What ever.*walks out*

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    Posted November 21, 2012

    Destiny

    How bout blue

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