2015 · Book review

The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon

The Summer of Secrets
Description : One day she was there . . .

and the next day, the day after the fire, she was gone.

In the summer of 1983, when Helen is sixteen, Victoria Dover and her eccentric family move in next door, at once making her lonely world a more thrilling place. But the summer ends with a terrible tragedy, and everyone involved – her father and the entire Dover family – simply disappears.

Then one day, thirty years later, Victoria comes back.

A suspenseful, spell-binding coming-of-age story about young friendship, damaged families and how one simple action on a long, sultry summer can echo through the years. Perfect for fans of Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard, Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret and Helen Dunmore’s The Lie.

Publish date : August 13th 2015
Published by : Transworld Digital
Format : Kindle Edition

* Thank you Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Black Swan for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest opinion. *
My thoughts :  This is a slow moving story, but it’s beautifully written and thought provoking.
Set in the summer of 1983 and interwoven with the year 2013 we read about the main character Helen, a bored and lonely 16 year old girl and her neighbours the Dovers who suddenly appear cause a whirlwind and just as suddenly disappear leaving Helen confused and still wondering 30 years on what happened.
Sarah Jasmon tells a wonderful descriptive story, the canal side comes to life as you read and the characters are believable. There’s secrets and twists but if you’re looking for a fast paced book this isn’t for you. Instead we get a slow moving yet intensely thought provoking story that captures you from page 1 and slowly twists its way through to the end where you are desperate to find out what happened on that fateful night in the summer of 83.
I really enjoyed The Summer of Secrets and it’s a fantastic debut novel from Sarah and I really look forward to reading more by this author.

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