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 thirty 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…
4/5 Stars – A suspenseful trip down memory lane!
This book is really interesting because it’s something we can all relate to: wondering what happened to childhood friends that moved out of our lives at various points. Not all of them are (hopefully) as dramatic as the disappearance of Dee and her family, and certainly not as awful as their return!
The book has a great level of suspense because it’s obvious throughout the entire story that something is very, very off here. But it takes until the end to figure out what exactly is going on with Dee, her brother and daughter. Meanwhile, we also get a glimpse of the backstory of Sera and Dee’s mothers, who have some history themselves.
The atmosphere is very tense and dark, set against the backdrop of various heat waves that sweep through the area. That makes summertime the perfect time to read this book. I could feel the heat and humidity in the book from the descriptions – and that created a great tension that kept the book crackling.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone looking for a quick summer read – there’s a heatwave coming, so grab your copy!
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