The intoxicating debut novel that everyone is talking about this summer.
'Painfully real, and so beautifully written I wanted to stay within its pages forever'
'Stylish and sensual'
KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE
'A thrilling look at mothers and daughters, adolescence, sex, suburbia and secrets'
'Sexy, sensual, difficult, provocative...definitely one of the best reads of the summer'
LAURA JANE WILLIAMS
'Pulls you into its sweaty interior and keeps you gripped'
A dazzling debut novel of a dark love affair, set to ignite a debate.
FOR FANS OF ZOE HELLER, EMMA CLINE, EXPECTATION AND MY DARK VANESSA.
--- The summer burns with secrets...
It is too hot to sleep. To work. To be questioned time and again by the police.
At the beginning of a stifling, sultry summer, everything shifts irrevocably when Lily doesn't come home one afternoon.
Rachel is Lily's teacher. Her daughter Mia is Lily's best friend. The girls are fifteen - almost women, still children.
As Rachel becomes increasingly fixated on Lily's absence, she finds herself breaking fragile trusts and confronting impossible choices she never thought she'd face.
It wasn't supposed to happen like this.
Intoxicating and compulsive, HEATSTROKE is a darkly gripping, thought-provoking novel of crossed boundaries, power and betrayal, that plays with expectations at every turn.
'I couldn't tear myself away'
'Compulsive, sticky and full of gorgeous writing'
'A scorching tale of obsession, betrayal and the wounds that mothers and daughters inflict on each other in the name of love'
Barkworth is excruciatingly good at encapsulating that point in life where Mia and Lily stand - on the edge of growing up... An impressive first book - Observer
A sultry, stifling debut exploring power, consent and womanhood - Cosmopolitan
Gripping and intensely atmospheric... beautifully explores the complicated relationship between mothers and teenage daughters... you won't want to put this down - Heat
Barkworth has a pinsharp eye for detail...it's propulsive, thought-provoking and atmospheric - Daily Mail