Author: Tom Wright
Where I got it: From NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review
A riveting Southern Gothic coming-of-age debut by major new talent.
“I did what I did, and that’s on me.” From that tantalizing first sentence, Tom Wright sweeps us up in a tale of lost innocence. Jim has a touch of the Sight. It’s nothing too spooky and generally useless, at least until the summer his cousin L.A. moves in with him and their grandmother. When Jim and L.A. discover the body of a girl, brutally raped and murdered in a field, an investigation begins that will put both their lives in danger. In the spirit of The Lovely Bones and The Little Friend, What Dies in Summer is a novel that casts its spell on the very first page and leaves an indelible mark
I was originally intrigued by What Dies in Summer because of the mysterious cover, and the gothic theme of the book. And maybe I’m just not a gothic kinda girl, because I honestly can’t say that I fully understood the meaning of the story when all was said and done.
I enjoyed the characters, and the underlying mystery of the story, however I found that it jumped around a little too much for my tastes, and I found myself starting new chapters going… Uh, what’s going on here?
While I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, it was interesting enough that I finished it, and will likely appeal to fans of gothic mysteries a little more than it ended up appealing to me.