The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond


EXCERPT: ‘They’ve found a body.’

What did he say? I stared at him, stunned. ‘Who has? Where?’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: One hot summer, Dee disappeared. Now she’s back…but she’s not the girl you knew.

Sera and Dee were the best of friends.

Until the day that Dee and her brother Leo vanished from Sera’s life, during a long hot summer fifteen years ago.

Now Sera is an adult, with her own child, five-year-old Katie, and has returned to her childhood home after her husband’s death.

While she grieves, the past haunts Sera at every turn … and then Dee and Leo return to their small Hampshire village, along with Dee’s young daughter.

But Dee is silent and haunted by her demons; no longer the fun-loving girl that Sera loved. And when Sera uncovers the shocking secret that Dee is hiding, it’s clear that the girl she knew is long gone – and that the adult she has grown into might put all of them in danger…

MY THOUGHTS: We all occasionally wonder what happened to people who have disappeared from our past, but they don’t usually disappear in the dramatic way Hazel, Dee and Leo did. I love a good mystery. I loved the premise of The Darkest Summer but, unfortunately, the execution leaves much to be desired.

The story is told over multiple timelines, from the points of view of Mimi, Sera’s mother, as a young woman; Sera as a teenager; and Sera as a young widowed mother back living with Mimi.

It took a good two thirds of the book before I really became interested. I never quite became involved or fully immersed in what was happening mainly because the author tells the reader what is happening, rather than letting us experience it. The writing is often awkward and ungainly and is littered with inconsistencies, e.g. Sera goes downstairs and makes coffee and then says Leo has made it; Henri shows Sera the puppies and invites her in for a beer and she feels that ‘he’s in a bad mood’…..

This could have been a really good read and, with a little work, still could be. I would love to see this rewritten.🤔🙂🤔

THE AUTHOR: Ella Drummond is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr. She recently signed with HarperCollins’ romance imprint, HarperImpulse, to write an historical romance to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War and also writes romance series as Georgina Troy.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Hera via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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