• Annie is hoping for a clean slate, but there's something familiar about the boy next door - she's convinced she's seen him somewhere before. Obese, lonely and undeterred by her target's hostile girlfriend, she searches for guidance by obsessively studying self-help literature and romance novels. Though Annie struggles to repress a murky history of violence, secrets and sexual mishaps her past is never too far behind her, finally shattering her denial in a compelling and bloody climax. Read more
  • Cold Light is the dark tale of three fourteen-year-old girls and a volatile combination of lies, jealousy and perversion that ends in tragedy. 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. Read more
  • Annie is hoping for a clean slate, but there's something familiar about the boy next door - she's convinced she's seen him somewhere before. Obese, lonely and undeterred by her target's hostile girlfriend, she searches for guidance by obsessively studying self-help literature and romance novels. Though Annie struggles to repress a murky history of violence, secrets and sexual mishaps her past is never too far behind her, finally shattering her denial in a compelling and bloody climax. Read more

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  • “The beautiful, provocative prose and dangerous, quirky protagonist mark Ashworth as a writer to watch.”

    Publisher’s Weekly

    “An extraordinarily perceptive and beautifully written novel.”

    Sunday Express

    “A novel about the power and pitfalls of narrative, it is told by the hand of a true storyteller.”

    The Independent

  • “A chilly, blackly funny novel with a surreal edge.”

    Grazia Magazine

    “A wonderful tale, beautifully told.”

    Bella

    “Ashworth’s second book confirms that the first was no one-off… her talent could take her a long way.”

    The Guardian

  • “Ashworth evokes a damaged mind with the empathy and confidence of Ruth Rendell.”

    The Times

    “An intense and intriguing novel that never quite lets the reader get comfortable… in a gripping, ever-darkening narrative.”

    Jenny Diski

    “An impressive debut that will remind some of the work of Patricia Highsmith. A nasty, but tough-to-put-down portrait of a sociopath.”

    Kirkus

  • “…who wouldn’t kill for a comic gift like Jenn Ashworth’s?”

    The Guardian