The Summer Of Secrets opening line: So much blue.
Helen is 16, it is her summer break, and all she has planned is to read and get a suntan. But then a group of children move in down the lane, and her summer changes. It is hot and it feels as if the characters themselves are moving slowly through the haze that the heat brings. In a short space of time, Helen’s life will be changed, and all because she wanted to fit in, to be a part of a lifestyle she could not quite grasp. It is a story of love never quite achieved, and a life never quite lived.
I am an avid reader, and it usually takes me a week to get through a book, unless we are on holiday where I get more time to read. This book took me 3 and a half weeks to read because there was really nothing gripping about the story. We meet Helen 30 years on from the summer that changed her life, and it takes her that long to finally confront the truth of an evening which started with alcohol and drugs and ended with her being taken away from her home.
First published in Great Britain by Black Swan in 2015.
Paperback: 352 pages
What I blogged October 25:
- three years ago – Turkish Delight
- four years ago – Broccoli Farfalline
- five years ago – Chocolate Sauce / Ingredient Challenge: Onions, Leeks, Carrots And Celery