Book Review: The Summer Party By Rebecca Heath


A glamorous, atmospheric psychological thriller about a glamorous family dynasty living on the coast of South Australia. 2023’s most addictive beach read.

The most perfect families hide the most devastating secrets.

When Lucy Ross is forced to come back to her childhood summer home in Queens Point, Australia, it’s supposed to only be a short stay. Just the time to pack her beloved grandmother’s belongings and move on. But when a body washes up on the beach, the timing of her return seems too coincidental, and she soon finds herself pulled into a murder investigation.

At the centre of it all are the Whitlam siblings – gorgeous, wealthy, glamorous. In this beautiful coastal town Mae, Harry and Anabelle are as good as royalty. So when nineteen years before they had let shy sixteen-year-old Lucy into their inner circle, she was prepared to do anything for it to stay that way, even turn a blind eye to their secrets…

But now that things have turned out deadly, what would be stronger: the Whitlam’s allure or the search for the truth?


Very slow paced for a psychological suspense novel

Two tenses. Past and present. It goes back and forth for the duration.
The writing took a while to get into though.

Overall, I enjoyed the plot more as it was slowly paced.

3/5 Stars


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