Summer’s Edge book review | Survival is passive.

Summer’s Edge by Dana Mele
336 pages
published May 31st, 2022

I Know What You Did Last Summer meets The Haunting of Hill House in this atmospheric, eerie teen thriller following an estranged group of friends being haunted by their friend who died last summer.

Emily Joiner was once part of an inseparable group—she was a sister, a best friend, a lover, and a rival. Summers without Emily were unthinkable. Until the fire burned the lake house to ashes with her inside.

A year later, it’s in Emily’s honor that Chelsea and her four friends decide to return. The house awaits them, meticulously rebuilt. Only, Chelsea is haunted by ghostly visions. Loner Ryan stirs up old hurts and forces golden boy Chase to play peacemaker. Which has perfect hostess Kennedy on edge as eerie events culminate in a stunning accusation: Emily’s death wasn’t an accident. And all the clues needed to find the person responsible are right here.

As old betrayals rise to the surface, Chelsea and her friends have one night to unravel a mystery spanning three summers before a killer among them exacts their revenge.

Teenagers at a lake house, a fire, GHOSTS, A MURDER MYSTERY? Sapphic! Fantastic friendships among dynamic characters. Something weird about this book is that there are tarot cards for symbolism, but the symbolism that they have in the book doesn’t actually match up to ‘regular’ tarot card meanings, which is weird if you’ve ever read tarot. If you’ve forgotten how to read tarot, or never have, it’ll go over easy. Also, I love the overlapping secrets in this book, how some POVs know them and others don’t. Four stars.

Bookshop link here.

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