Heatstroke

Heatstroke

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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.

Title:Heatstroke
Edition Language:English
ISBN:null
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    Heatstroke Reviews

  • Maureen ( NOT RECEIVING NOTIFICATIONS)

    Rachel is a middle-aged teacher, married, with one teenage daughter.  She’s restless. Her job doesn’t satisfy, her husband Tim is absent on business, and her daughter Mia is on the cusp of fleein...

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    Heatstroke is a tense, atmospheric novel from Hazel Barkworth about mothers and daughters, desire and obsession, trust and betrayal. It begins when the best friend of Rachel’s fifteen year old daugh...

  • Pheadra

    This is a tale that plays out in the blazing heat of Summer. As the temperatures soar so does the imagination of unlikeable main character Rachel, mother of Mia. Rachel is a teacher. She had an affair...

  • Roman Clodia

    An impressionistic piece of writing that is full of atmosphere: heated, fevered, febrile - as a schoolgirl goes missing, and her best friend and best friend's mother find themselves caught in an emo...

  • Mags Schofield

    I'm torn about this book. The writing is good. Especially for a debut novel. We feel the heat and oppression, not just of the weather, but of the relationships. But the subject matter made me very unc...

  • Jo

    I personally found it overwritten, horrible main character and didn't really go anywhere...

  • Di Paterson

    This book is filled with evocative writing, but in my opinion, the plot is empty and totally underwhelming. There is no growth in any of the characters, the behaviour of the protagonist, Rachel, is ri...

  • Joanne Sheppard

    In this simmering psychological thriller, Rachel teaches at a secondary school which her own daughter, Mia, also attends. One weekend, Mia has a sleepover with her usual clique from school, but her fr...

  • alexandra leigh

    2.5 stars for the lovely prose.A novel jam-packed with potential that it sadly never reached. Not my cup of tea. ...

  • Nicola Smith

    Heatstroke is an intense story set across a couple of weeks during the summer.Rachel Collins is a secondary school English and drama teacher. When one of the girls from her school, 15 year old Lily, g...