Review: Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

Contemporary thriller that’ll keep you guessing until the very end.

Lying About Last Summer Review

Lying About Last Summer Summary

Skye is looking for an escape from the reality of last summer when her sister died in a tragic accident. Her parents think that a camp for troubled teenagers might help her process her grief. All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but is brining them together such a good idea? And can everyone at camp be trusted? When Skye starts receiving texts messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she knows it’s time to confront the past. But what if the danger is right in front of her?

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Lying About Last Summer Review

I first heard about this novel earlier this year at a Scholastic blogger event and I was immediately drawn in by author Sue, who talked brilliantly about her debut and why she wanted to write it, as well as the premise of this contemporary thriller.

I’m pleased to say that it didn’t disappoint at all, and it’s clear that this book went down a treat with plenty of others including Zoella herself, who picked this book as one of her 2016 Book Club choices.

Lying About Last Summer is both a captivating thriller and an important exploration of grief that Sue has managed to blend beautifully into a book that you’ll race through and struggle to put down.

It’ll keep you guessing until the very end, not only when it comes to figuring out who is sending messages from her dead sister, but also what caused Skye to carry such guilt about the incident that killed her. Sue manages to convince you that almost every character is the villain in this novel at one point or another thanks to her clever writing, and I loved it.

Recommended for anyone looking for a thriller with substance that’ll make a quick, addictive read.

My rating

**** 4/5 stars

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