What We Did in the Dark
I made what may be called a rash and foolish marriage to a man I scarcely knew.
1904: Cathie longs for adventure. A whirlwind romance with soldier and artist Herbert Jackson offers this and more, but Herbert is violently jealous and she is soon fighting for her freedom – and her life. A fictionalised account of Catherine Carswell’s first marriage, What We Did in the Dark is a compelling portrait of a trail-blazing writer.
‘A wonderfully compelling book, bringing life to a fascinating historical character.’
-Scotland on Sunday
‘Ajay Close is a terrific writer… Close displays real skill and insight in making something both moving and compelling out of such challenging material. Highly recommended.’
‘Profound and moving... Beautifully told. I couldn’t stop reading it.’
‘A passionate, brutal tale – full of tender moments and barbaric acts.’
‘Speaks across time to all women everywhere.’
-Sue Wilkinson, former CEO of The Reading Agency
‘Close’s addictive, cleverly crafted novel illuminates an almost forgotten writer.’
-Alastair Mabbott, The Herald on Sunday
‘“What We Did in the Dark” is beautifully written, and whilst also hard hitting and very graphic in its detail, it is a compelling read.’
‘'Beautifully crafted, a perceptive novel that has the pace and suspense of a thriller.’
-Shirley Whiteside, Book Oxygen