The summer the Dovers move in next door, sixteen-year-old Helen’s lonely world is at once a more thrilling place. She is infatuated with the bohemian family, especially the petulant and charming daughter Victoria.
As the long, hot days stretch out in front of them, Helen and Victoria grow inseparable. But when a stranger appears, Helen begins to question whether the secretive Dover family are really what they seem.
It’s the kind of summer when anything seems possible . . .
Until something goes wrong.
From the first page I loved this story. I actually wanted to be in it for real. It appealed to my inner hippy Bohemia.
Pippa is delightfully sweet, Victoria is strong and heady and Helen is glad to have made a friend. One balmy, blissful summer changes everyones lives and nothing will ever be the same again. I read with interest and all the while I was wondering why it was the Dovers made such an impression on Helen.
I had many questions, why did the Dovers keep moving, and not just around Britain, but also the world. They are very well travelled. I also wondered whose story was this. Was it Helens, or the Dovers? What is troubling Alice? and why did Helens mum leave. What happened to the childrens father?
All these questions are answered in the last tragic few chapters of Sarah Jasmons brilliant debut novel. Deep, dark and haunting this tale is also sad and stunningly written. I read it one sitting and was left feeling bereft.
The Summer of Secrets is an enigmatic read.
When I finished it I truly understood the term ‘Book Hangover’ It is beautiful, delicate and secretive.