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The Summer of Lies by Louise Douglas : a review

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts about The Summer of Lies by Louise Douglas.

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book cover for A Summer of Lies by Louise Douglas.  A woman in a yellow sun dress is walking through a brick archway on a path that leads through fields to a house in the background

The Summer of Lies by Louise Douglas

  • Category : Contemporary Fiction
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CMP53F27
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Boldwood Books (7 Feb. 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4857 KB
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The Summer of Lies Summary

As wild fires creep a devastating path towards the idyllic town of Morranez, a vulnerable girl goes missing. But was she taken – or was she escaping…

The summer is the hottest yet in the Brittany coastal town of Morranez, but when a new case lands on the desk of the Toussaints detective agency, there can be no time to relax. As wild fires bear down on the town, the alert goes out for a missing girl.

Nineteen-year-old Briony Moorcroft has seemingly been taken from her sleepy Welsh village and brought to France. Her parents are baffled and scared – Briony needs her life-saving medicine or this case will become even more sinister, and with the police dragging their heels, the Moorcrofts are relying on Mila Shephard and Carter Jackson’s sleuthing skills.

Meanwhile there are mysteries troubling Mila’s life too. Two years after the accident that swept her sister Sophie and brother-in-law Charlie away and left their daughter Ani in Mila’s care, new evidence resurfaces that makes Mila doubt everything.

Can Carter and Mila find Briony before it’s too late? And is the truth about Sophie and Charlie finally about to be revealed…

The Summer of Lies Review

When I read The Lost Notebook, not all of the ends were tied up and at that time I didn’t know Louise Douglas had more to share about Mila … so I was excited to find out if what I thought might happen did and where this story would take me.  Don’t worry if you haven’t read The Lost Notebook, key events are weaved through The Summer of Lies and it will still make sense!

It’s clear that Mila’s split life … in Morranez and Bristol/Maidenhead isn’t working out too well.  Everyone wants a piece of her and she has conflicting emotions.   Important, I think, is that we get to know more about her family dynamics which gives us a better understanding of who she is and why she makes the decisions that she does.  Her mum really fatigued me … 

Life in Morranez felt less complicated in this story in as much as Mila has adapted to being the main care-giver for Sophie’s daughter (I think she’s a fab role model for her).  Something new comes to light about Sophie and Charlie but gave me more questions … so intriguing!

Luke and Mila’s detective partnership is brilliant – they work so well together.  The new case at Toussaints of Briony’s abduction leads us through twists and turns.  Plenty of tense moments and not just because there is a time-limit on Briony needing critical care.  One scene in particular affected me emotionally.  I can still see it so clearly in my mind, and even though I had a different perception later on, it stayed with me.    I’ll add here that another scene had me fist-bumping the air, very heroic actions from the duo!  Alongside the tenseness is the anxiety of doing what you think is right but might actually be wrong.  I had my suspicions (having come across this from my time working in education) although I wasn’t entirely right!  Louise Douglas doesn’t shy away from the impact but is sensitive in how she writes about it.

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The Summer of Lies follows through and met my expectations.  If you enjoy family drama, crime and all the secrets and lies that go hand-in-hand, you’ll love this one.

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About the Author

Louise Douglas is the bestselling and brilliantly reviewed author and an RNA award winner. The Secrets Between Us was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. She lives in the West Country.

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