• "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
  • It's Friday in the Leeke household, but this is no ordinary Friday and the Leekes are a little unusual: they are Lancastrian Mormons, and this evening their son Gary will return from 2 years as a missionary in Salt Lake City.His mother is planning a celebratory dinner - with difficulty, since she's virtually housebound with an undiagnosed, embarrassing condition. What she doesn't realise is that the rest of the family - her meek husband, disturbed oldest son, and teenage daughter - have other plans for the evening, each involving drastic and irrevocable action.As the narrative baton passes from one Leeke to the next, disaster inexorably looms. Except that nothing goes according to plan, and the outcome is as unexpected as it is shocking. Giving a fascinating insight into the Mormon way of life, this blackly funny tale of innocence betrayed shows the havoc religion can wreak. 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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