Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Review: Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale

Kerry Hammond is here with her review of the latest novel by Kerry Lonsdale.

Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale was published on July 9, in Trade Paperback, by Lake Union Publishing. Lonsdale is known for her Everything series, which includes Everything We Keep, Everything We Left Behind, and Everything We Give. Last Summer is her second standalone.

I started this book thinking it was a mystery. While there is no murder, the book is a mystery of sorts. The mystery revolves around Ella Skye’s memory loss. When a car crash lands her in the hospital, she finds out she’s lost her unborn baby. The problem is, Ella doesn’t even remember being pregnant. The last thing she does remember is having an argument with her husband, Damian, right before she got in the car.

Elle questions Damian as she tries to get her memory back, but he refuses to talk to her. At first, she thinks he’s grieving for the loss of their unborn child, but a few comments he makes make her wonder if there’s more to it than that. When she lands a new writing assignment for the magazine she works for, she takes it, hoping it might lead to some answers. The answers she finds, though, might not be the ones she wants to hear.

I honestly couldn’t put this book down. I enjoyed following along as Ella searched for her lost memories and tried to unravel the events that led up to her accident. Lonsdale doles out the clues to Ella’s lost time in the perfect amount of bits and pieces to keep the suspense going and keep this reader on the edge of her seat. Although I previously stated that the book isn’t a mystery, there were a couple of excellent twists that were both surprising and satisfying. The story was well written, fast paced, and full of suspense. This was a great summer read.

This book was provided to Mystery Playground by the publisher. The review was fair and completely independent.

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