The Summer Of Secrets, Sarah Jasmon

The Summer Of Secrets opening line: So much blue.

The Summer Of Secrets
The Summer Of Secrets

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.

ISBN 978-0-55277-997-5

Paperback: 352 pages

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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