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Review: Cruel Summer by James Dawson

A year after Janey’s suicide, her friends reunite at a remote Spanish villa, desperate to put the past behind them. However, an unwelcome guest arrives claiming to have evidence that Jane was murdered. When she is found floating in the pool, it becomes clear one of them is a killer. Only one thing is for certain, surviving this holiday is going to be murder…

A compelling and psychological thriller - with a dash of romance.

My Thoughts
Oh my goodness. I knew to expect awesome from James Dawson and I certainly wasn't left disappointed.

Cruel summer is the story of a group of friends. They haven't seen each other in a year since the suicide of one of their group and are on holiday in Spain when someone arrives claiming to have evidence to prove their friend was murdered by one of their group.

I won't say too much about the story line because the plot has so many twists and turns that I am bound to spoil something if I start going into it too much. However I will say I loved loved the pace and the twistyness of the story which meant I literally couldn't put it down as a desperately needed to know what happened next. I loved the whole host of characters you meet in the book and the way they interacted with each other. I loved the writing style and the humour dotted throughout the book which made me laugh all the way through.

If I had to compare this book to something else I'd say read this if you loved Abigail Haas's Dangerous Girls. Equally if you are a fan of films like I know what you did last summer because in my mind this is a books that would make a fantastic teen thriller film (complete with a gorgeous cast to swoon over).

A fantastic read and highly recommended.