Sixteen year old Helen doesn't have any friends from school to spend the summer holidays with. Her parents have split up, her Mum moved away and Helen lives with just her Dad who is busy working on his boat. When the Dover family move in next door they seem exciting to Helen and provide a welcome distraction from her loneliness. But something happens during that summer, something that changes everything.
This is a very impressive debut novel and I loved all the characters. The story is mainly set during 1983 with a few chapters in the present day.
Thank you to Transworld Publishers Netgalley for my review copy.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Publication date: 13th August 2015
One day she was there . . .
and the next day, the day after the fire, she was gone.
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
Then one day, thirty years later, Victoria comes back.
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.