The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond #blogtour

It’s my turn on the blog tour today for The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond. Thanks to Sarah Hardy for the blog tour invite!

About this book…

One hot summer, Dee disappeared. Now she’s back…but she’s not the girl you knew.

Sera and Dee were the best of friends.

Until the day that Dee and her brother Leo vanished from Sera’s life, during a long hot summer thirty years ago.

Now Sera is an adult, with her own child, five-year-old Katie, and has returned to her childhood home after her husband’s death.

While she grieves, the past haunts Sera at every turn … and then Dee and Leo return to their small Hampshire village, along with Dee’s young daughter.

But Dee is silent and haunted by her demons; no longer the fun-loving girl that Sera loved. And when Sera uncovers the shocking secret that Dee is hiding, it’s clear that the girl she knew is long gone – and that the adult she has grown into might put all of them in danger…

My review…

I adored Ella Drummonds first book My Last Lie which was a shocking, twisty turny psychological thriller so I was thrilled to see that she had a new book out! The Darkest Summer is another dark and twisty book that was got off to an intriguing start-I mean we have all had friends we have lost touch with but to have someone you have been so close to disappear overnight and with no warning must be quite distressing for those left behind. So when Sera sees the brother of her best friend in the street one day, she’s thrilled to have an opportunity to get to know her friend once more but why did she go missing in the first place? Sometimes it’s better not to dig too deeply though as the answers may not always be to your liking!

There were three interconnected story’s being told here and I was really curious as to how they would all come together. There’s Sera’s mother Mimi back in 1990, the hot summer of 2003 when Dee, her brother and mother disappeared and Sera’s life in the present day. Sera has had a tough time of things with the death of her husband which is the reason she has moved back to her childhood home. She has a daughter and is trying to move on with her life. At this stage I really wasn’t really sure whether or not I liked her as she seemed very closed off from everyone! But her relationship with local farmer Henri started to bring her out of herself as she developed an interest in his life. What were the scars he carried, both physically and mentally? And with this friendship came a better understanding of Sera herself. Her mother, on the other hand became more of an enigma for me as I struggled to reconcile 1990 Mimi with the woman we meet in the present! But gradually things start to come together and there are some very shocking reveals.

There were plenty of mysteries to solve here which I saw as a personal challenge! What has happened to Dee and her family? Why did they leave? What trauma has occurred in Henri’s life? And WHOSE IS THE BODY found buried in Dee’s farmyard home? When Dee had to leave her childhood home, she was ripped away from her friend as well. I assumed this meant she would be happy to come and stay with Sera and her mum! But she was even more difficult to read and I was constantly searching for clues as to why I didn’t take to her either!

The truth, when revealed, brings all the viewpoints together with a satisfying ending. Whilst The Darkest Summer didn’t match up to My Last Lie in enjoyment for me personally, it is still a compelling read as you want to discover the key that unlocks all these characters and reveal their secrets. And Ella Drummond is still a name that will call to me in the future…

Meet the author…

Ella Drummond recently signed a two-book deal with Hera Books. Her first psychological thriller, My Last Lie is out now and The Darkest Summer will be out on 18 July 2019 and is available for pre-order.

She lives with her husband on the island of Jersey and you can follow her on Twitter @drummondella1 and Facebook :  

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

7 thoughts on “The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond #blogtour”

  1. Thanks very much for taking part in the blog tour to launch The Darkest Summer and for your fabulous review, I really appreciate it.

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