Cold Light, a chilling tale

Jenn Ashworth’s Cold Light is a chilling tale of how the foolish teenage passions, vanity, and ennui of three teenaged girls lead them into a dangerous web of secrets.
 
Cold Light is set in a small city in northern England that is obsessed with the death of a local teenager, Chloe, and her boyfriend, who have been found drowned.
 
Ashworth tells the story of Chloe’s death through a series of flashbacks that involve her two best friends. They are plain girls who fell under the thrall of Chloe’s good looks and dominating personality.
 
As Ashworth slowly unwraps the mystery of Chloe’s death, she also peels back the layers of teenage vulnerabilities and cruelty to make this a very shocking and compelling mystery.
 
Cold Light is exceptionally well written. Ashworth keeps readers delicately off balance as she slowly drops each nugget of information, carefully revealing subplots and character nuance.
 
Cold Light is not only an exceptionally well-written mystery, it is also a shocking picture of the lengths some teenage girls will go for acceptance.
 
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A darkly intriguing love story

More Like Her by Liza Palmer is dark and intriguing mystery. I adored this book.Frances idolizes her new school principal, the beautiful, married Emma Dunham. Frances has everything going for her but confidence. A recent breakup with her gorgeous but selfish boyfriend left her devastated.
 
Her two closest friends are having their own issues. Her best friend Jill is preoccupied with a crisis that threatens her marriage. She is too busy to comfort the shattered and depressed Frances. Frances focuses on work and Emma.
When the beautiful Emma is violently murdered in front of Frances, she becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of Emma’s life and death.
 
Frances learns that no one is perfect.
 
Palmer examines the dark insecurities that haunt all women about appearance, weight, and friendships. She weaves insights about the realties and vagaries of modern womanhood into a compelling mystery. Palmer is the author of bestsellers like Conversations with a Fat Girl and Seeing Me Naked that tap into vulnerabilities that make her books relatable.
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Page turners

 

The Sand Daughter by Sarah BryantThe Sand Daughter

by Sarah Bryant is too big and rich to be called a historical romance. Set in the Middle East during the Crusades, it tells the story of woman torn by passion and ruled by destiny. Khalidah, the young daughter of a powerful Bedouin chief, is caught up in political intrigue as Saladin fights against the Knights Templar. Khalidah is also related to the Jinn, a mysterious and gifted Afghan tribe. She knows nothing of her relationship to them until a mysterious and attractive stranger appears. 

 

 
If you loved The Red Tent by Anita Diamant you will delight in The Sand Daughter. It is a sweeping tale of a strong and intelligent woman caught up in world-shaping events and passions.
 
The  Girl on Legare Street by Karen WhiteThe Girl on Legare Street is the second book in a series by Karen White. The first was The House on Trad Street. Set in historical Charleston, South Carolina her new book tells the tale of an estranged mother and daughter at odds with each other. Melanie Middleton is a beautiful single successful realtor. She is almost forty and has no plans for marriage or a family. He mother is a famous opera diva who has retired. She has retuned to Charleston, and her daughter’s life, to purchase her family’s ancestral home which she had sold in the past. She also comes home to protect Melanie from threatening psychic forces. Both mother and daughter are prey to unseen forces that have been recently disturbed. The story is full of romantic conflict, intrigue, mother-daughter friction, as well as a good dose of psychic mystery too. A fabulous historic backdrop and quirky characters make this one of the best romantic mysteries I have read. It’s a page turner.
 
 
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Peachy-beachy reads

Gloria Nagy’s Seasick is the best kind of summer mind-candy, light, addictive and non-fattening. Curl up with it on a beach, in a hotel room, or in your own favourite corner and enjoy her wicked humour. Seasick is a wickedly funny mystery set aboard a cruise ship. Nagy doesn’t spare anyone as she sends up snobs, poseurs, Romeos, and all the characters who sail the high seas looking for love and adventure. I couldn’t put it down.
 
Grey Gardens by Rebekah and Sara Maysles is a lavishly-illustrated coffee table book for devotees of the film. GreyGardens is a cult classic about an eccentric mother and daughter that is beloved by fans of the era, Jackie O, and Little Edie (Beale).
 
This book is definitely for aficionados only. It contains a transcript of the original scripts, production notes, and other archival material. Every page is covered with a lavish collage of drawing, painting, and photos. The book also contains a CD of what is described as the “Beales at their best.”
 
The original documentary, about the two relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy, living in a dilapidated Hampton‘s mansion filed with garbage, was made by two brothers David and Albert Maysles in 1975. The project received instant notoriety because of the Beales’ famous relations.
 
Recently, a HBO film starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as Big and Little Edie in GreyGardens has revived interest in the eccentric mother and daughter.
 

 

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