Review: Summer’s Edge by Dana Mele

Title: Summer’s Edge
Author: Dana Mele
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: May 31st, 2022
Page Length: 352
Genre: Horror | Mystery
Age Range: YA
Rep: Lesbian, Bisexual
Rating: 4.5⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Content warnings: murder, blood, references to (past) suicidal ideations and involuntary admission to a psychiatric hospital, trauma related to the death of a friend, a description of a dead animal (a rabbit), references to drowning, poisoning, fire, fear of sharks, and falling.

Thoughts

Thanks to Simon and Schuster, Dana Mele and TBR and Beyond Tours for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book! This book had me reeling! It had me guessing the entire time and at no point was I right lol. I absolutely loved Dana’s last book, People Like Us, and she did not disappoint in this one either! So let’s see if I can gather my thoughts and tell you just how much you need to go read this!

This book is duel timeline and multiple POVs. I’m always nervous about duel timelines, but this one was done well. At no point did I feel confused or lost – at least as far as knowing who’s POV I was in and which timeline. I loved the way Dana used the different POVs – how they provide little hints and details throughout that you don’t even realize are hints until the end. It was also a really satisfying ending – again one I had never suspected!

I read this right after my friend Mel (@TBRBeyond) and she told me I had to read it right away so we could discuss the ending. She also warned me that I had to push through even when I felt confused. That left me wondering what she was talking about. As the book continued I eventually realized what she meant. Things that I thought were true were being thrown on its axis and I LOVED IT!

The characters were an interesting friend group. As we learn more and more about each one individually and how they each work together, you start to realize there are secrets – some known to others, some not even the POV knows. I think that was the fun part – the fact that we could tell that someone was off – something was being kept from the POV we were in. I couldn’t put it down and I would have finished it in one sitting, had it not been 3am (I only had 1 hour left and it was so tempting!!!!).

I don’t know how else to convince you to read this book. It had the perfect amount of twists and turn, the perfect amount of drama! If you enjoyed Dana’s other book, you’ll definitely want to pick this up. If you haven’t, well then go read it lol. I think if you enjoyed books like Little Monsters by Kara Thomas or The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich then you’ll enjoy this one!

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