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‘Barkworth is excruciatingly good… An impressive first book’ OBSERVER
‘A sultry, stifling debut exploring power, consent and womanhood’ COSMOPOLITAN
‘The evocative one’ HEAT magazine’s READ OF THE WEEK
‘Read next if you loved Three Women by Lisa Taddeo’ WHISTLES newsletter

Do you remember the summer that changed everything?

Rachel and her daughter never had secrets. Until now.

Lily is somewhere she shouldn’t be. With someone she shouldn’t be with.

Mia misses her best friend. But she let her down.

At the beginning of a long, hot summer, the three of them stand on the edge of irrevocable change. By the end, one burning question will remain… how could she let things go this far?


‘I wanted to stay within its pages forever’ CLARE MACKINTOSH

‘Stylish and sensual’ KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE

‘A thrilling look at mothers and daughters, adolescence, sex, suburbia and secrets’ NELL FRIZZELL

‘I am addicted… dark and twisty with beautiful, poetic writing’ EMMA GANNON

‘Sexy and provocative’ LAURA JANE WILLIAMS

‘Pulls you into its sweaty interior and keeps you gripped’ RENEE KNIGHT

‘I couldn’t tear myself away’ ERIN KELLY

‘Compulsive, sticky and full of gorgeous writing’ KIRSTIN INNES

‘Gripping and intensely atmospheric… you won’t want to put this down’ HEAT

‘A summer sizzler… with twists, turns and revelations in all the right places’ EVENING STANDARD


Stylish and sensual
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Pulls you into its sweaty interior and keeps you gripped to the end. Darkly atmospheric and so well written
Renée Knight
Raw, unsparing and almost unbearably tender. Perfect sentences swim gracefully across every page, overlaying a narrative that delights in wrong-footing the readers' assumptions. I couldn't tear myself away
Erin Kelly
A scorching tale of obsession, betrayal and the wounds that mothers and daughters inflict on each other in the name of love
Tammy Cohen
Painfully real, and so beautifully written I wanted to stay within its pages forever. Heatstroke is unsettling, challenging and utterly immersive
Clare Mackintosh
Tense, sultry, unsettling, sweaty and evocative . . . A thrilling look at mothers and daughters, adolescence, sex, suburbia and secrets
Nell Frizzell
Sexy, sensual, difficult, provocative - I was hooked for every twist, turn and revelation. This is definitely one of the best reads of the summer. I was blown away
Laura Jane Williams
I gulped this whole thing down in one sitting. It's compulsive, sticky and full of gorgeous writing
Kirstin Innes
Fevered and claustrophobic
Jane Healey, author of The Animals at Lockwood Manor
An atmospheric read that will draw you into its tangled web
Woman & Home
Dark and unsettling
A sultry, stifling debut
I am addicted!... A gripping, dark and twisty read with beautiful, poetic writing
Emma Gannon
Barkworth is excruciatingly good at encapsulating that point in life where Mia and Lily stand - on the edge of growing up... Intense and claustrophobic, this is an impressive first book
Gripping and intensely atmospheric... beautifully explores the complicated relationship between mothers and teenage daughters... you won't want to put this down