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How far would you go to save your child? A nail-biting thriller, ‘perfect reading for a dark winter’s night’ (Richard and Judy).

Cass’s husband is missing, presumed dead in Afghanistan. Floored by grief, Cass is left alone to take care of her son, Ben, who has been traumatised by his father’s death.

So when a renovated mill becomes available in the remote Lancashire village of Darnshaw, Cass decides it will be the perfect place for her family to heal.

But it quickly becomes clear that outsiders are not welcome in the village, and Ben is displaying a hostility Cass can’t understand. As darker events unfold, Cass starts to question her son’s sanity. Then a blizzard blows in and Darnshaw is marooned in a sea of snow.

Threatened on all sides, Cass finds herself pitted against forces she can barely comprehend.

A broken family. A dark secret. The cold season has begun . . .

Reviews

This is a very spooky story . . . Disturbing
Daily Express
A thick layer of snow hides the sins of a creepy rural village in Alison Littlewood's chilly debut novel ... an itchy tension-cranker of parental paranoia
SFX
A scary read that will chill you to the bone
Crimesquad
When it comes to debut novels, Littlewood offers forth a masterpiece that stakes immediately claim as one of 2013's finest
Horror Novel Reviews
a very spooky story. You'll love it if you are into tales of the occult, or a fan of film classic The Wicker Man
Judy Finnigan
Littlewood's first novel is an assured and finely-crafted piece of work, probably the best horror debut since Joe Hill's 2007 novel, Heart-Shaped Box
Reader Dad
an intelligent, sensitive book. Its chills are delivered with precision certainly, but in subtle yet equally terrifying manner it's the parts that aren't scary which speak as loudly as the parts that freak you out
Spooky Reads
Littlewood . . . is the real deal, a writer with a unique vision and the talent to make us see the world anew through her eyes
TTA Press
A Cold Season has taken the horror world by storm and shows no signs of slowing down
This Is Horror
Alison Littlewood uses old flavors with a fresh and personal approach to brew a story both sensible and terrifying at the same time
Dark Wolf
hugely enjoyable, perfect reading for a dark winter's night
Richard Madeley
A dark and disturbing tale from a bold new voice in horror writing
Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing
The novel builds a real sense of foreboding and dread, which creates a chilling reading experience for fans of demonic and religious horror
Library Journal
A terrifically chilling tale. A sterling debut which bodes unspeakably well for its author and beyond
The Speculative Scotsman