The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan

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Thank you to Penguin for my advanced reading copy of this book in return for an honest review.

The Last Days of Summer is an intricate story of past meeting present. It is one of the hardest books I’ve read in a long time, this in turn makes it hard to review as I have such mixed feelings about it. On one hand its written with depth and a passion from this storyteller who not only accentuates the phrases but spells the words how they should be said. This almost helps you get familiar with the characters.

Each character is as complex as each other. The main focus is on Jasper. A middle aged man who committed an unforgivable crime and after doing time in prison is released back out to the community to live with his sister Lizzie. She in turn is a hard nut to crack but with a soft vulnerable side I would like to have seen more of. She is strict and to the point and whilst portraying her annoyance and disappointment at her brother she also shows the love she once had for her sibling.

Parts of this book was very hard to read as it is violent, angry, and has a lot of sexual references and features abuse. This doesn’t take away with how well it is written and how descriptive each page can be. Set in Texas, I enjoyed the Texan drawl It was written with and the descriptions of the heat are fantastic.

This was tough reading and never a book id choose for myself. In saying that, I don’t doubt for a second that if this book falls in your favourite genre then you will not be able to put it down.


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