“If you’d glanced just once across the field, you’d have seen me standing in the middle on my own, looking straight at you . . . But you didn’t. You only had eyes for Alice”
Sue Townsend meets Zoë Heller in this dark, twisted and heartbreakingly vulnerable tale
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2015
‘Unsettling, deeply moving and very, very readable. I loved it’ NATHAN FILER, The Shock of the Fall
‘A striking and highly enjoyable debut’ SOPHIE HANNAH
Yasmin would give anything to have a friend …
And do anything to keep one.
The first time I saw you, you were standing at the far end of the playing field. You were looking down at your brown straggly dog, but then you looked up, your mouth going slack as your eyes clocked her. Alice Taylor. I was no different. I used to catch myself gazing at the back of her head in class, at her silky fair hair swaying between her shoulder blades.
If you’d glanced just once across the field you’d have seen me standing in the middle on my own, looking straight at you, and you’d have gone back through the trees to the path quick, tugging your dog after you. You’d have known you’d given yourself away, even if only to me.
But you didn’t. You only had eyes for Alice.
“The next Gone Girl success story”
independent On Sunday
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“A pitch-black comedy thriller. This is a novel you read half covering your eyes, willing it not to venture where you fear it might. But of course it does, with great panache”
“Kavanagh’s command of raw suspense ensures that it grips from the very beginning”
mail On Sunday
“The most chilling last line you’ll read this year”
independent On Sunday
“A brilliantly twisted coming-of-age tale … the story chillingly, compulsively unravels”
Tasha Kavanagh worked in film editing for ten years, on features including Twelve Monkeys, Seven Years in Tibet and The Talented Mr Ripley. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. She has published several children’s books under her maiden name, Tasha Pym. She lives in Hertfordshire with her family. Her first novel Things We Have in Common has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015 and the Guardian Not the Booker Prize.