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It's all about the details...,
This review is from: Cold Light (Hardcover)
It's true to say that this book has been done before. Others have trodden the `ordinary household with a dark secret' path, and the teenage girls' perspective has also been previously written. So it's fair to say that there are few genuinely new elements to this novel.
That said, such a view really misses the point. Ashworth's skill - and the enjoyment within the book - lies in the details. Ashworth doesn't try to break out of the world she has created. She does not fall into the trap of ludicrous plot devices. Instead, it is all about tiny elements of observation - smells, small household objects, sentences left unfinished and arguments never had.
Seeing this as a gripping thriller will leave you disappointed. But read it as a telling and accurate portrayal of life, and you will be engrossed. Ashworth has an eye for description and dialogue that stands comparison with most. Enjoy it for what it is.