‘The Summer House’ by Keri Beevis

My Review (3 stars out of 5)

Following their grandmother’s sudden death, twins Lana and Ollie are back at the old woman’s house. But the place brings back bad memories. The murder of the siblings’ older sister Camille occurred in the summer house. While Lana identified the killer, it was her brother who discovered the body. Years later, the memories are difficult to face. The discovery of a journal prompts Lana to consider that her original testimony accusing Sebastian may have been misguided. Setting out to learn more, she meets with the accused man’s brother. However, some members of the local community have long memories, and someone is hiding the truth. Digging into the past, Lana soon finds herself the target of the killer.

This is the first book I’ve read by this popular author and while I have a few reservations, she tells a pretty good tale. A technique many murder/mystery writers seem to use these days is the one where we start off with a first-person narrative and then switch to all-seeing narrator. As regular readers of my reviews will know, this is not a technique I like, and in this case did not endear me to the writer. However, though the story is a bit of a slow-burner, Ms Beevis presents us with an interesting bunch of characters who weave a twisty-turny web of lies and deceit leading to the killer’s door.

An enjoyable read.

Author Bio

Keri Beevis is the internationally bestselling author of Dying to Tell, Deep Dark Secrets, Trust No One, Every Little Breath and The People Next Door. Dying To Tell reached no. 1 in the Amazon chart in Australia and was a top 25 hit in the UK. She lives in Norfolk, along with her two naughty kitties, Ellie and Lola, and a plentiful supply of red wine (her writing fuel).

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NB this post first appeared as part of the blog tour for The Summer House, via Rachel’s Random Resources.

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  2 comments for “‘The Summer House’ by Keri Beevis

  1. 20/03/2023 at 5:32 PM

    Hi Colin, I’m not crazy about slow-burn books although the change in narrative style wouldn’t bother me.


    • 21/03/2023 at 6:19 AM

      Glad to hear it, Robbie Unfortunately, the changing narrative style irritates me more and more. Old age, probably 😉

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