A Cold Season
The Chilling Richard and Judy Bestseller!
By Alison Littlewood
A broken family. A dark secret. The cold season has begun . . . A nail-biting thriller, 'perfect reading for a dark winter's night' (Richard and Judy).
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 . . .
Alison Littlewood is the author of A Cold Season, published by Jo Fletcher Books. The novel was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, where it was described as "perfect reading for a dark winter's night." Her most recent novel, The Hidden People, has recently been published to critical acclaim.
Alison's short stories have been picked for Best British Horror 2015, The Best Horror of the Year and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror anthologies, as well as The Best British Fantasy 2013 and The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 10. She also won the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Short Fiction with her story The Dog's Home, published in The Spectral Book of Horror Stories.
Alison lives with her partner Fergus in Yorkshire, England, in a house of creaking doors and crooked walls. You can talk to her on twitter @Ali__L, see her on Facebook and visit her at www.alisonlittlewood.co.uk.
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05 Jan 2012
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Jo Fletcher Books
hugely enjoyable, perfect reading for a dark winter's night — Richard Madeley
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
This is a very spooky story . . . Disturbing — Daily Express
A Cold Season has taken the horror world by storm and shows no signs of slowing down — This Is Horror
A dark and disturbing tale from a bold new voice in horror writing — Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing
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
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
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
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
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