Sad, thought-provoking and funny, Glasshopper is a brilliant debut novel that is impossible to put down. I defy anyone not to be drawn into the world of Jake as he struggles with adolescence, the breakdown of his family and his mother's spiralling descent into alcoholism. Isabel Ashdown seamlessly weaves back and forth in time to explore the complexities and hidden secrets of the family, with characters that are finely wrought and totally believable. Ashdown has a lightness of touch and the voice of Jake is convincing and engaging. The ending is heart-breaking and resonant and will remain with you long after you have read the final page.
A confident and sure-footed debut - I am certain that there are many readers eagerly anticipating Isabel Ashdown's next novel, Hurry Up and Wait.