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Jenn Ashworth

Cold Light

Jenn Ashworth 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 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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‘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.’

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“Evokes a damaged mind with the empathy and confidence of Ruth Rendell.”

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“Extremely intense and powerfully intriguing.”

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“Hugely readable debut novel […] about the inability to know others and ourselves.”

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A chilling, blackly funny novel with a surreal edge about the intensity of teenage friendship.

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A grimly atmospheric mystery.

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A psychological thriller of the first order.

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A wonderful tale, beautifully told.

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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’

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“Extremely intense and powerfully intriguing.”
Waterstone’s

“[Ashworth] Evokes a damaged mind with the empathy and confidence of Ruth Rendell.”
The Times (London)

Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth is a hauntingly beautiful and shocking psychological thriller in the vein of the bestselling novels of Tana French—a darkly compelling story of secrets between two teenage friends in a small English town. Ashworth already has created great buzz in the U.K. thanks to her stunning debut novel, A Kind of Intimacy, winner of the prestigious Betty Trask Award, and now Cold Light places her in elite literary company—alongside Laura Lippman, Kate Atkinson, and other acclaimed masters of intelligent, emotionally powerful mystery and suspense. An unforgettable tale of friendship and memory—and the shattering truth behind a forgotten dead body newly unearthed—Cold Light is a most welcome addition to the crime fiction and thriller ranks.


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