Five-year-old Kerrie-Ann Hill has an unusual neighbour. Mrs Ivanovich collects butterflies and she shows Kerrie-Ann how to catch them, take care of them, and evenhow to kill them using a jar and some funny-smelling liquid. Kerrie-Ann loves looking at these beautiful, delicate creatures, and imagines them flying free... This is Kerrie-Ann s story. She doesn t know who her father is, and her mother is a junkie. By the age of ten, she s selling drugs at school. By twelve, she s been beaten up by a customer, hidden stolen guns, done time in a girls home, and already has a taste for whizz. And then there s Mark her only true friend and the one person she can trust. Their friendship turns into a powerful love and together they are invincible. But in their world it s easy to lose control. On the drug-riddled estate with an atmosphere as lethal as a killing jar, it seems that Kerrie-Ann doesn t stand a chance. Unless she can make use of what Mrs Ivanovich taught her all those years ago.
Nicola Monaghan graduated from the University of York in 1992, and went on to teach for several years before taking a job in the City of London. A career in finance took her to New York, Paris and Chicago, before she gave it all up in 2001 to return to her home town and pursue an MA in creative writing at Nottingham Trent University. The Killing Jar is Nicola's first novel, and is inspired by the lives she witnessed on the council estates where she grew up.