Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth
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 two fourteen-year-old girls, best friends, and one terrible summer when lies, secrets, jealousy, and perversion ended in tragedy more tangled and evil than a tight-knit community can possibly believe.
A dark tale with a surreal edge, Jenn Ashworth's gripping novel captures the intensity of girls' friendships and the dangers of a predatory adult world they are just grown up enough to think they can handle. And it shows just how far that world will go, sacrificing truth in the name of innocence.
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I did find myself admiring the raw and gritty honesty and incredibly realistic approach that Ashworth tackled with such sensitive subject matters as a pedophile on the loose, death, depression, and the angst of teenage friendship that was riddled with secrets and lies. Cold Light is indescribably disturbing and full of haunting darkness, yet is wonderfully complex and compelling at the same time. It was hard to put it down, in fact, I found myself unable to as I was drawn in by the story and had to see it through to the end. It leaves that feeling of, "you think you know, but you don't really." It's errie, yet it hits the mark definitely head on. The relationship between the characters and the secrets and lies that bonded them together, was written wonderfully well.
Cold Light is definitely one of the most different reads that I've encounted in a long while and it has definitely left me not only confused, but continuously thinking about it. It's definitely gripping, powerfully emotional, and worth the read.