Cold Light

Cold Light

Book - 2011
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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, and they've finally chosen a memorial - a stupid summerhouse. The mayor has a spade decked out in pink and white ribbon, and he's started to dig. 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. This is the tale of three fourteen-year-old girls and a volatile combination of lies, jealousy and perversion that ends in tragedy. Except the tragedy is even darker and more tangled than their tight-knit community has been persuaded to believe. 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.
Publisher: London : Sceptre, 2011
ISBN: 9781444707762
Branch Call Number: F ASH NVD
Characteristics: 343 p. ; 24 cm

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ChristchurchLib Dec 11, 2012

"Ten years ago in a small English city, Laura's best friend, 14-year-old Chloe, died in a suicide pact with her much older boyfriend. In the intervening years, Laura has been unable to move forward, while the media has turned Chloe into something of a tragic martyr. But when ground is broken for a memorial statue in Chloe's honor, another body turns up. Narrated by Laura, who is unreliable at best, this leisurely paced, atmospheric, and tension-filled novel slowly releases the circumstances of Chloe's death and the secret that Laura protects to this day. English author Jenn Ashworth excels at depicting teenage relationships and slowly unspooling suspense, and has been compared to Ruth Rendell and Tana French." Thrillers and Suspense December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=577901

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