Friday 19 June 2015

Book Beginnings on Fridays - The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.


This week my book beginning is The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon. It's her debut novel and is published on 13th August in paperback by Black Swan and ebook/kindle by Transworld.


So much blue. From where she sat at the very back of the ferry, this was all Alice could see. The island had changed from a place to a shape to the faintest blur and now it was gone, without leaving a trace. She wanted to take off, to dive into the sea and make her way back. Jakob was out there.


The Summer of Secrets 

Book Description:


One day she was there . . .

and the next day, the day after the fire, she was gone.

In the summer of 1983, when Helen is sixteen, Victoria Dover and her eccentric family move in next door, at once making her lonely world a more thrilling place. But the summer ends with a terrible tragedy, and everyone involved – her father and the entire Dover family – simply disappears.

Then one day, thirty years later, Victoria comes back.

A suspenseful, spell-binding coming-of-age story about young friendship, damaged families and how one simple action on a long, sultry summer can echo through the years. Perfect for fans of Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard, Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret and Helen Dunmore's The Lie.




  1. Oh, my kind of story! And I loved Apple Tree Yard and The Husband's Secret, too.

    Here's mine: “THE NEIGHBORS”

  2. Great writing in the opening, especially the description of the island disappearing. This sounds like the kind of story I adore.
    My Friday post features What I Remember Most.


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