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3.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 stars) (More) sex and murder amongst teenagers, 3 July 2011
This review is from: Cold Light (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed Ashworth's A Kind of Intimacy which has real originality and freshness. This book is well-executed, well-crafted, and well-written with a dark humour - but just feels a little `done-before' to me.

A dead body is dug up and 24 year old Lola is thrown back to the year she was 14 when her best friend Chloe and Chloe's older boyfriend Carl drowned in a supposed suicide pact. It was the same year that a `flasher' was accosting teenage girls, and when Lola and Chloe's friendship was disrupted by the arrival of Emma.

Split between a `then' and `now' narrative, this captures well the insecurity of teenage girls manifested as spurious confidence, that age when they're no longer children but are not yet adults, whatever they might think.

I guess my problem with the book is the melodramatic centre of the plot which feels like it's been, literally, done to death - there are just too many books out there which reveal perverse sexual secrets and hidden murders beneath the surface of `ordinary' lives.

So this is actually a very good example of what has become a genre and if you like this kind of book then you'll probably love this one. I felt, however, that I'd read it before: although well-written and crafted, it lacks the inventiveness and sheer narrative power of Ashworth's previous work.
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