Title: Summer’s Edge
Author: Dana Mele
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: 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.
This book is delightfully creepy and honestly might keep me up tonight and even though it’s a YA it has the thriller power of a full adult book like Riley Sager. I was bamboozled by the plot line from the very first page, and isn’t that exactly what you want from a thriller/mystery?
Chelsea and her friends keep real serious secrets from each other, and a year since Emily died they are finally reunited by a mysterious force that wants a reckoning for her death. Who killed Emily? There are too many questions and not enough answers for these kids – but someone out there knows the truth and will stop at nothing to see it come out.
Loved the characters, loved the plot line, loved the setting – who doesn’t love a creepy house by a lake where dark events have transpired? It’s iconic!
And just look at this cover??? Magnificent. Creeptastic.
Seriously go pick this one up if you fall in the category of mystery lovers or just someone who doesnt want to sleep at night for some reason? I don’t know, I’m not here to judge
**Thank you to Turn the Page Tours and Simon and Schuster for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Happy reading, folks!
Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer based in the Catskills. A graduate of Wellesley College, Dana holds degrees in theatre, education, and law. Dana’s debut, PEOPLE LIKE US, was published in 2018 and shortlisted for the 2019 ITW Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. A second YA thriller, SUMMER’S EDGE, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in Spring 2022, followed by TRAGIC, a graphic novel retelling of Hamlet from Legendary Comics.