The Girls of Summer by Katie Bishop
Published: June 6, 2023
St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Psychological Thriller
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Katie Bishop is a writer and journalist based in Birmingham, UK. She has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, The Independent, and other publications. The Girls of Summer is her first novel.
“Not all secrets are good, after all.”
Rachel went on an adventure as a young adult that changed her life. What she experienced was cruel, though, to her young mind, she thought it was love. Now, the past comes crashing against her present, and this time, she sees everything.
This was told through alternating timelines, which painted the picture of this story uniquely. We get to know the characters, the plot, and the drama by bouncing between the then and the now.
Rachel was a complicated character. She was naive in so many ways, but she was also stubborn. Her journey was told in a way that allowed the reader to see things that her character didn’t, which was interesting.
The scenery descriptions in this book were beautiful. The island is such a vibrant character throughout this novel. The undertones of this book were powerful, and the way they were woven throughout the story was well done.
The writing was solid, the pacing balanced, and the storyline arched perfectly. This was not the typical thriller, but I enjoyed how this played out. As a debut novel, this was smooth.