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Heatstroke: the most stylish and addictive novel of the year

Hazel Barkworth

5 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense

The intoxicating book club pick that everyone is talking about this summer.

'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

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Praise for Heatstroke: the most stylish and addictive novel of the year

  • 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 - Cosmopolitan

  • Gripping and intensely atmospheric... beautifully explores the complicated relationship between mothers and teenage daughters... you won't want to put this down - Heat

  • Dark and unsettling - Red

  • An atmospheric read that will draw you into its tangled web - Woman & Home

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