Cold Light (Paperback)

A Novel

By Jenn Ashworth

William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062076038, 352pp.

Publication Date: October 16, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback, Large Print (10/16/2012)
Paperback (5/1/2011)
Paperback (1/1/2012)
Hardcover (4/1/2011)

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“Extremely intense and powerfully intriguing.”

“[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.

About 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

Praise For Cold Light: A Novel

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

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

“Extremely intense and powerfully intriguing.”
— Waterstone's

‘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 Times (London)

A grimly atmospheric mystery.
— Sunday Express (London)

A psychological thriller of the first order.
— The Age (Australia)

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’
— The Guardian

A wonderful tale, beautifully told.
— Bella

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