A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth

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The tension doesn't build altogether effectively and it sometimes feels like Annie is acting to a pre-ordained pattern rather than as a real (albeit inhuman) character in her own right, so that I wasn't entirely convinced by her. Even so, this remains a satisfying and unsettling read...
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Tracing the dark possibilities of best intentions gone awry, this darkly comic novel about a dysfunctional young woman's life in the suburbs offers interesting psychological insights. Annie--morbidly obese and lonely--moves into a new home hoping for a clean slate but is convinced she has seen her next-door neighbor before. She embarks on a series of increasingly bizarre attempts to ingratiate herself with the boy next door, but wrong turns and snap judgments lead to a compelling and bloody climax.
 

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About the AuthorJenn Ashworth studied English at Cambridge University and Creative Writing at Manchester. She works as the Head Librarian in a prison. In 2006 an extract from A Kind of Intimacy was shortlisted in a national competition entitled “The Enigma of Personality.”
 
Published September 1, 2009 by Arcadia Books. 284 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sam Jordison on Aug 28 2009

The tension doesn't build altogether effectively and it sometimes feels like Annie is acting to a pre-ordained pattern rather than as a real (albeit inhuman) character in her own right, so that I wasn't entirely convinced by her. Even so, this remains a satisfying and unsettling read...

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