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In the cold light of day, it kind of let me down.
on 14 June 2011
Writing this review is one of the hardest I think I have had to do. On the one hand, it is dark, funny and in some ways quite clever. On the other, it has left me underwhelmed. Having read Ashworth's debut novel, A KIND OF INTIMACY, I came to this book with high expectations. However, having now finished it, I have to say that I feel somewhat disappointed. As another reviewer has said, I won't bother giving you a run-down of the plot; the inside flap tells you all that you need to know, and although you read along thinking that there is going to be a twist of some kind, the twist, when it comes, is quite minimal. But that, for me, is not the main problem with this book.
Personally, I felt that the book was not as engaging as A KIND OF INTIMACY. Although from ealry on you could guess the outcome of each of these novels, with A KIND OF INTIMACY, getting to the end was still a satisfying pursuit. Altough the character wasn't exactly likeable in some ways, you were still drawn to her life, watching as her obsession with her neighbour grew. But, with COLD LIGHT, the only thing which made me carry on reading was the expected promise of a clever, shocking plot twist. The twist that doesn't really come.
COLD LIGHT is a chillingly dark, claustrophobic read. Although I think Ashworth manages to pull this genre off well, this particular one left me expecting more. She is still an author I will keep an eye on, and read her next offering, but unfortunately I cannot recommend this book as highly as I did her debut.