The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond #Review An absorbing mystery set during a sweltering hot summer – very fitting! #NetGalley #thriller @drummondella1 @HeraBooks @BOTBSPublicity



The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond introduces Sera and her daughter who have gone back to their hometown after the death of Sera’s husband. This brings back memories of her best friend Dee, so imagine her surprise when Dee comes back into her life, a totally changed woman, and not in a good way. As soon as Dee enters the story, with her unusual little girl, I just had to find out what what was going on and get to the bottom of their secrets, and boy, did they have a lot! Just when I thought I had the answers, something else happened to put a spanner in the works. What secrets is her own mother hiding? Why did Dee disappear, all those years ago?
I liked the love interest Henri, who I was highly suspicious of myself. Yet non-judgemental Sera looked past his scars and reclusive behaviour in an effort to get to know the real guy that everyone else has already labelled as weird.
An absorbing mystery set during a sweltering hot summer. I could almost feel the heat dripping off me! A super read, with lots of plot twists with a murderous outcome I loved!
Thanks to Ella Drummond, NetGalley and Hera Books for an ARC of The Darkest Summer. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

From Amazon

The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond

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 fifteen 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…

A gripping, twisty and unputdownable thriller – perfect reading for long summer days. Fans of K.L Slater, Liane Moriarty and Rachel Abbott will love this captivating thriller.

Praise for The Darkest Summer:

an addictive read that totally absorbs you’ By The Letter Book Reviews

‘this was an enthralling thriller, I was captivated from page one…I was pleasantly surprised and fully transported by reading this spell-binding story’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer

A really good mystery thriller…highly recommended’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer

‘I was hooked…Amazing plotline and characters’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer

There are multiple mysteries and plot twists and I couldn’t put the book down, which is the highest compliment I can give a book’ Netgalley reviewer

This book was super thrilling and I recommend it for all psychological thriller fans’ Netgalley reviewer

had all the right twists and turns up until the very end. It kept me wanting more and I could FEEL the heat.’ Netgalley reviewer

A superb read – don’t miss this one!’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer

‘There are many twists and turns in this book…You will not figure out all of the secrets until the very end!’ Netgalley reviewer

‘An absorbing mystery set during a sweltering hot summer…A super read, with lots of plot twists’ Netgalley reviewer

Praise for Ella Drummond:

‘This has probably reawakened my love for psychological thrillers!…I don’t think I’ll be able to recommend this one enough. It’s definitely a must read…my book of the year so far!’ Nemesis Book Blog

‘A gritty, psychologically twisted novel which left me trusting nobody, not even myself. I cannot WAIT to read more from this author if this debut is anything to go by. Such a cracking read.’ The Writing Garnet

My Last Lie is compelling reading and will keep you hooked from the off, bravo, Ella Drummond! You had me on tenterhooks all the way through this one!’ Emma the Little Bookworm

‘So many crazy twists and even though I was pretty convinced of the who, I had no idea of the why! And that last lie? Wow! An addictive intriguing story that will completely draw you in!’ Audio Killed the Bookmark

Have you read this book? Does it sound like one you’d like to read?

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5 thoughts on “The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond #Review An absorbing mystery set during a sweltering hot summer – very fitting! #NetGalley #thriller @drummondella1 @HeraBooks @BOTBSPublicity

  1. Thanks very much for your brilliant review of The Darkest Summer, I’m thrilled you enjoyed my book. Ella

    1. Thanks for popping by, Ella! Also for the opportunity to read your book! I am so glad I did 🙂

  2. Sarah Hardy – Leeds, England – I'm Sarah, I'm self employed and in my spare time I love to read. Due to my love of reading I thought I would set up a blog to share with people my thoughts on the books i've read.
    Sarah Hardy says:

    Thank you so much for being on the blog tour. Your review is perfect for this heat wave we’re having. x

    1. Thank you!! Yes, I’m soooo hot – and not in a good way LOL

  3. Carla – Canada – I am a retired teacher/librarian. I love to read, especially to my grandchildren. I read most genres, but lately have gravitated to cozy mysteries, romance (not erotic) and Christian Fiction. I do enjoy a good thriller every now and then, as well as some fantasy and the odd sci-fi. I have ventured into Blog tours, but I do not do well reading under pressure. I travel to Florida for 2 to 3 months in the winter (Canadian Snowbirder) but otherwise live in Windsor, Ontario Canada. Feel free to follow and comment on my blog. I try to respond to all comments.
    carhicks says:

    With the sweltering heat we are having, I am not sure if I want to read a sweltering hot book, but it does sound so interesting that I might have to read it in the basement, the coolest part of my house.

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