A young woman moves to a new flat, to live alone, having finally managed to escape her abusive boyfriend. Over the course of an unseasonably hot summer she begins to feel the boundaries of her reality shift in and out of focus, as her ex-boyfriend makes his presence felt in ways both psychological and paranormal. During these days of seeming hopelessness, the woman begins an unlikely friendship with her next-door neighbour Chelsea and best-friend Jess. Together they start to explore and play with nascent supernatural powers and the occult, seeking to remove unhappiness from their lives and replace it with agency. As the narrator is drawn further into this circle, she sees parallels between Chelsea's boyfriend and her own abusive ex-partner and decides she must take on the responsibility of extracting Chelsea from the relationship before it's too late.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherW.W. Norton
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)9781398712072
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2023


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