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I Know What You Did Last Summer meets The Haunting of Hill House  in this atmospheric, eerie teen thriller following an estranged group of friends being haunted by their friend who died last summer. Emily Joiner was once part of an inseparable group—she was a sister, a best friend, a lover, and a rival. Summers without Emily were unthinkable. Until the fire burned the lake I Know What You Did Last Summer meets The Haunting of Hill House  in this atmospheric, eerie teen thriller following an estranged group of friends being haunted by their friend who died last summer. Emily Joiner was once part of an inseparable group—she was a sister, a best friend, a lover, and a rival. Summers without Emily were unthinkable. Until the fire burned the lake house to ashes with her inside. A year later, it’s in Emily’s honor that Chelsea and her four friends decide to return. The house awaits them, meticulously rebuilt. Only, Chelsea is haunted by ghostly visions. Loner Ryan stirs up old hurts and forces golden boy Chase to play peacemaker. Which has perfect hostess Kennedy on edge as eerie events culminate in a stunning accusation: Emily’s death wasn’t an accident. And all the clues needed to find the person responsible are right here. As old betrayals rise to the surface, Chelsea and her friends have one night to unravel a mystery spanning three summers before a killer among them exacts their revenge.


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I Know What You Did Last Summer meets The Haunting of Hill House  in this atmospheric, eerie teen thriller following an estranged group of friends being haunted by their friend who died last summer. Emily Joiner was once part of an inseparable group—she was a sister, a best friend, a lover, and a rival. Summers without Emily were unthinkable. Until the fire burned the lake I Know What You Did Last Summer meets The Haunting of Hill House  in this atmospheric, eerie teen thriller following an estranged group of friends being haunted by their friend who died last summer. Emily Joiner was once part of an inseparable group—she was a sister, a best friend, a lover, and a rival. Summers without Emily were unthinkable. Until the fire burned the lake house to ashes with her inside. A year later, it’s in Emily’s honor that Chelsea and her four friends decide to return. The house awaits them, meticulously rebuilt. Only, Chelsea is haunted by ghostly visions. Loner Ryan stirs up old hurts and forces golden boy Chase to play peacemaker. Which has perfect hostess Kennedy on edge as eerie events culminate in a stunning accusation: Emily’s death wasn’t an accident. And all the clues needed to find the person responsible are right here. As old betrayals rise to the surface, Chelsea and her friends have one night to unravel a mystery spanning three summers before a killer among them exacts their revenge.

30 review for Summer's Edge

  1. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Summer days spent at the lake with friends; the stuff hazy, sun-soaked dreams are made of. Everyone is young, good-looking, scantily clad, there's a ton of food, drink and drama. Making memories, that's what it's all about. Both good and bad. For Kennedy, Emily, Chelsea, Chase and Ryan, summers at Kennedy's family lake house were their thing. They've been friends for so long and their summer days together serve as an anchor for their relationships. As the friend group ages circumstances do become m Summer days spent at the lake with friends; the stuff hazy, sun-soaked dreams are made of. Everyone is young, good-looking, scantily clad, there's a ton of food, drink and drama. Making memories, that's what it's all about. Both good and bad. For Kennedy, Emily, Chelsea, Chase and Ryan, summers at Kennedy's family lake house were their thing. They've been friends for so long and their summer days together serve as an anchor for their relationships. As the friend group ages circumstances do become more complicated, however. Like the year that Chase, Emily's long-time crush, brings a new girlfriend, Mila, into the group. That summer doesn't end well. In fact, in ends in Emily's tragic death and the lake house burning to the ground. A year later, the house has been painstakingly rebuilt; an exact replica. With the house ready for occupants once again, the friends have been invited to reunite at the property on the anniversary of Emily's death. From the very start you could cut the tension with a knife. It runs thick amongst this group. Everyone is second guessing if they should even be there. Additionally, Chelsea begins having haunting visions. She's seemingly the one who has suffered the most mentally since last summer and it is extremely challenging to be back at the lake. The guilt is overwhelming for her. Making matters worse is the fact that the boys are at each other's throats and Kennedy's constant need to play the consummate hostess is pushing her to the edge. Eerie events begin to plague the group almost immediately, leading to an accusation that Emily's death was no accident. It seems someone else is on the property with them and that person is seeking revenge. Will the friends be able to work together long enough to solve the mystery of what happened last summer before it's too late? Pitched as The Haunting of Hill House meets I Know What You Did Last Summer, this YA Supernatural Thriller was uncomfortably addicting from beginning to end. I have read from Dana Mele before and while I enjoyed People Like Us quite a bit, I would classify it as a fairly standard YA Mystery/Thriller. Summer's Edge is many things, but standard is not one of them. This story took me completely by surprise. It's like I went in expecting a burger and fries, but what I actually received was a perfectly prepped Wagyu steak with truffled fingerling potatoes. I was going along, all was well and then it took a sudden right turn. I was surprised, but pleasantly so, thinking okay, I didn't know this was going there. Then we took turn after turn until I was questioning everyone and everything I had read previously. It was reality-warping. I can't believe how hard I was questioning myself. I love that Mele was able to surprise me. It was cleverly-plotted and the writing was truly next level. I loved how it made me think. The narrative really plays off the assumptions we make as Readers. My final thought was, wow. In addition to the clever plot, disturbingly accurate toxic friendships and spooky scenes, the atmosphere was exactly what I was hoping for. The perfect creepy summer read to keep you up late at night and possibly fearful of swimming in the lake or going out on the boat. Take from that what you will. Thank you so much to the publisher, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, for providing me with a copy to read and review. This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and it didn't disappoint for a moment! Highly recommend!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dana Mele

    UPDATE: ARCS are in the world! Yay! And time to hide under a rock. But this would also be a good time to make a list of trigger warnings! This is what I've come up with, but if anyone ever reads the book and finds something I've missed, please feel free to add in the comments, or message me on my website to let me know: This book contains murder, blood, references to (past) suicidal ideations and involuntary admission to a psychiatric hospital, trauma related to the death of a friend, a descripti UPDATE: ARCS are in the world! Yay! And time to hide under a rock. But this would also be a good time to make a list of trigger warnings! This is what I've come up with, but if anyone ever reads the book and finds something I've missed, please feel free to add in the comments, or message me on my website to let me know: This book contains murder, blood, references to (past) suicidal ideations and involuntary admission to a psychiatric hospital, trauma related to the death of a friend, a description of a dead animal (a rabbit), references to drowning, poisoning, fire, fear of sharks, and falling. _______ It looks like my book description disappeared! So I'm adding the one from PW: Pitched as The Haunting of Hill House meets I Know What You Did Last Summer, the YA supernatural thriller centers five estranged friends who return to the summer lake house on the anniversary of their friend’s death. But when unexplainable events begin happening, the group suspects there's an uninvited guest in their midst—one intent on revenge. I'll be adding updates here as pub date gets closer!!! I could not be more excited for this book. It's...well, you'll see.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    I read an early version of this as a CP and it was SO GOOD I itched to tell people about it, and that's how you know a thriller is good! I cannot wait to read the publication version and 5 star it all over again :) I read an early version of this as a CP and it was SO GOOD I itched to tell people about it, and that's how you know a thriller is good! I cannot wait to read the publication version and 5 star it all over again :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    The problem is that the living and the dead aren't meant to mix. The problem is that I think the line has begun to blur. Summer's Edge was pitched to me as "The Haunting of Hill House meets I Know What You Did Last Summer", and let me start off by saying that's actually an excellent pair of comps for this title. The book has the same "secret individual seeks revenge for a death with a suspicious story" vibes as the latter, with the bizarre, topsy-turvy feel of the former, all set in a lake hou The problem is that the living and the dead aren't meant to mix. The problem is that I think the line has begun to blur. Summer's Edge was pitched to me as "The Haunting of Hill House meets I Know What You Did Last Summer", and let me start off by saying that's actually an excellent pair of comps for this title. The book has the same "secret individual seeks revenge for a death with a suspicious story" vibes as the latter, with the bizarre, topsy-turvy feel of the former, all set in a lake house that often feels as though it has a mind of its own. If you're looking for an eerie YA thriller/horror tale this summer, Summer's Edge has you covered, and I think a lot of readers are going to be very enraptured by the twists and turns within these pages. Unfortunately for me, there were a lot of elements of this story that did not work for me, with most of them boiling down to the writing and editing. I read an eARC of this, so hopefully these issues were fixed by the time the final edits went to print, but I found some glaring continuity errors (such as a character destroying an item on one page, and then having it in his hands, unharmed, two pages later) and there were some unlikely scenarios that I couldn't quite suspend my disbelief for. While some of those scenarios are somewhat explained later, avoiding tying up those loose ends struck me as incomplete and a missed opportunity to make this book a lot more solid than it was. While I won't give any spoilers for the twists or the ending, I will say that I saw it coming, and while it was a trope I've enjoyed in many other pieces of media, I didn't love its execution here. That said, there were some redeeming qualities in a few of the characters and many quotable, creepy lines that I enjoyed (especially in the "in-between" short chapters in the first half of the book), and the atmosphere of the lake house was immaculate. Overall, Summer's Edge wasn't a story to write home about and I was a little relieved when it was over, as I think it dragged on a bit too long, but I'm still happy I read it and think it will be a big hit with a lot of summer thrill-seekers! Thank you to the publisher for the review copy! All thoughts are honest and my own. ✨ Representation: Chelsea is bi/pan (not specific); Kennedy is sapphic (unknown if lesbian or bi/pan) ✨ Content warnings for: (view spoiler)[death, murder, grief, death by fire/smoke inhalation, death by drowning, infidelity, animal death (brief, off-page), brief implication of a previous suicide attempt, brief memories of forced mental health institutionalization, drugging without consent, underage alcohol abuse (hide spoiler)] ——— twitter | booktok | bookstagram | blog

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Pitched as Rebecca meets The Haunting of Hill House, Summer's Edge is a queer horror/thriller about a group of friends returning to a lake house the summer after their friend died there. And it was SO good! Slow building tension, super toxic relationship dynamics, and a creepy, possibly haunted house. The first half of the book is told through the perspective of Chelsea who spent the last year in an out of mental hospitals and is possibly an unreliable narrator. She's there with her ex-girlfrien Pitched as Rebecca meets The Haunting of Hill House, Summer's Edge is a queer horror/thriller about a group of friends returning to a lake house the summer after their friend died there. And it was SO good! Slow building tension, super toxic relationship dynamics, and a creepy, possibly haunted house. The first half of the book is told through the perspective of Chelsea who spent the last year in an out of mental hospitals and is possibly an unreliable narrator. She's there with her ex-girlfriend AND her ex-boyfriend, while they are still mourning the death of his (the ex-boyfriend's) twin sister the year before. And then there's his best friend who his sister had a thing for, and the friends current girlfriend. It's messy and complicated, a book dealing with grief, toxic friendship, and privilege. I don't want to say too much more, but this book totally worked for me. It's a perfect summer-time horror novel. I received a copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Content warnings from the author: "This book contains murder, blood, references to (past) suicidal ideations and involuntary admission to a psychiatric hospital, trauma related to the death of a friend, a description of a dead animal (a rabbit), references to drowning, poisoning, fire, fear of sharks, and falling."

  6. 5 out of 5

    charlotte,

    ohwhatthefuck read my review on reads rainbow Rep: lesbian mc, bi mc ohwhatthefuck read my review on reads rainbow Rep: lesbian mc, bi mc

  7. 5 out of 5

    alaska

    holy fuck. rtc!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    How far are we willing to go for the people we love- and how quick are we to abandon them for our own sake? These are some of the many questions Summer's Edge poses in this dark thriller/drama. Overview: 👍 Who-Done-It 👍 Co dependent destructive friend group 🆗 Sapphic romance 🆗 Bisexual love triangle 👍 Multi POV 👍 Non linear storytelling ♥️ Gothic drama Summer's Edge is at its heart, a young adult gothic. A book meant to leave an impression to those who love the genre and possibly frustrate those who do How far are we willing to go for the people we love- and how quick are we to abandon them for our own sake? These are some of the many questions Summer's Edge poses in this dark thriller/drama. Overview: 👍 Who-Done-It 👍 Co dependent destructive friend group 🆗 Sapphic romance 🆗 Bisexual love triangle 👍 Multi POV 👍 Non linear storytelling ♥️ Gothic drama Summer's Edge is at its heart, a young adult gothic. A book meant to leave an impression to those who love the genre and possibly frustrate those who don't. Chelsea and her friends have been close for a long time, until the night one of them, Emily, burns to death in her girlfriend's lake house. In that moment, their lives and friendships shatter. A year later, their friend group returns to the lake house, rebuilt down to the last detail. As they revisit the last year, it feels like someone is sending them cryptic messages about the incident; about what REALLY happened that night. This is a slow, understated book that does not give you too much at once. It's long conversations and a slow burn reveal of the nature of these characters and their relationships with each other. Summer's Edge feels like a love letter to traditional gothic storytelling- it isn't trying to give you an explosive moment. Rather, by the end of the book, the creeping feeling of realization comes in. Those small moving parts all tie together for a twist that leaves you feeling strange and hollow. The storytelling in non linear, told more or less between two timelines by three different girls; however, it is not confusing or hard to follow. The story follows the teens meeting back up at the lake house, and later goes into the past the year that Emily died. the characters themselves are all fairly un likable by design. all of them are messy, troubled teenagers with a spot of darkness to them. If you've read the adult gothic author Rachel Hawkins, it is a lot like her work. I have to be honest, I was rooting for the villain most of the time. I did not particularly support any of the main characters in the book, though they were all extremely interesting as people. I particularly liked Emily and her twin Ryan. Emily's past POVs were exceptional and the hi light of the book for me. She was such a fascinating character. I has one character whose POV I didn't love (Kennedy), but ultimately came to appreciate as it provided much needed context for the book. I also did not like the main romance very much; although I do not know how much you are really supposed to. I hard a hard time buying it, but the individual characters themselves were pretty cool. Summer's Edge is a spooky treat for fans of darker YA. I devoured it, and I recommend it for patient readers who can enjoy an easy to read, slower moving tragedy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    lily

    **spoiler free! “Feasts are for weddings and funerals, greetings and goodbyes.” → 4.5 stars okay there’s not a lot i can say without spoiling what happens, but this was AMAZING. all the twists were so shocking and i didn’t see any of them coming, and i definitely spent at least 30 minutes staring off into space because i was so shocked??? the only reason why i didn’t give it 5 stars is because the ending got a little bit confusing, but other than that i loved this so so so much. this was one of my **spoiler free! “Feasts are for weddings and funerals, greetings and goodbyes.” → 4.5 stars okay there’s not a lot i can say without spoiling what happens, but this was AMAZING. all the twists were so shocking and i didn’t see any of them coming, and i definitely spent at least 30 minutes staring off into space because i was so shocked??? the only reason why i didn’t give it 5 stars is because the ending got a little bit confusing, but other than that i loved this so so so much. this was one of my most anticipated reads in 2022, and it definitely did not disappoint AT ALL. i feel like it’s kinda difficult to explain the plot since this book is so intense and crazy, but just trust me when i say it’s definitely worth reading. it reminded me of the haunting of hill house and we were liars, so if you’re a fan of either of those you’ll probably love this :) also, i really loved the lesbian and bi rep! it wasn’t a huge part of the story since this book wasn’t really about relationships, but that was the main relationship so it made me really happy that that was added :) overall this was VERY well done and i will definitely be reading more books by this author in the future! → trigger warnings **this list was created by the author on their goodreads, i did not come up with this! “Murder, blood, references to (past) suicidal ideations and involuntary admission to a psychiatric hospital, trauma related to the death of a friend, a description of a dead animal (a rabbit), references to drowning, poisoning, fire, fear of sharks, and falling.”

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    Summer's Edge is a 5-star read. It was unpredictable and that's an important trait I seek in the novels I read. Summer's Edge is a 5-star read. It was unpredictable and that's an important trait I seek in the novels I read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    Pitched as The Haunting of Hill House meets I Know What You Did Last Summer, the YA supernatural thriller centers five estranged friends who return to the summer lake house on the anniversary of their friend’s death. But when unexplainable events begin happening, the group suspects there's an uninvited guest in their midst—one intent on revenge. Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram Pitched as The Haunting of Hill House meets I Know What You Did Last Summer, the YA supernatural thriller centers five estranged friends who return to the summer lake house on the anniversary of their friend’s death. But when unexplainable events begin happening, the group suspects there's an uninvited guest in their midst—one intent on revenge. Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Elizabeth (Booksatlunch)

    HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK! Listen, quite frankly, I was super excited for Dana Mele's first book and gave it two stars. This book though, this book deserves all five of the stars I'm giving and frankly I would give it like 200 stars if I could. This is a "trust the process" book. You're gonna think you know what's going on then get confused, but when it all comes together it is glorious. You may have a moment where you think you've figured it out - I know I did - but you probably only figured out a sma HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK! Listen, quite frankly, I was super excited for Dana Mele's first book and gave it two stars. This book though, this book deserves all five of the stars I'm giving and frankly I would give it like 200 stars if I could. This is a "trust the process" book. You're gonna think you know what's going on then get confused, but when it all comes together it is glorious. You may have a moment where you think you've figured it out - I know I did - but you probably only figured out a small piece of the puzzle. The atmosphere is immaculate. This book made me so uneasy. The characters are so perfectly flawed, and the friendships are messy in the way only teenage friendships can be. This is perfect for fans of: 90s teen horror, haunted cabin stories, and Tiffany D. Jackson level twists.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan

    As soon as I heard about this book, I was excited. A sapphic thriller about friends revisiting their yearly summer cabin, even after the tragedy that killed their friend there last summer? Sign me up!! As soon as I was approved for this arc, I was desperate to dive in (even if it’s not quite summer yet). And I’m so glad I did! Reading this book felt like a blur, in the best of ways. I lost track of time, of the world around me, and focused in on only on the story in front of me, of the twisted ga As soon as I heard about this book, I was excited. A sapphic thriller about friends revisiting their yearly summer cabin, even after the tragedy that killed their friend there last summer? Sign me up!! As soon as I was approved for this arc, I was desperate to dive in (even if it’s not quite summer yet). And I’m so glad I did! Reading this book felt like a blur, in the best of ways. I lost track of time, of the world around me, and focused in on only on the story in front of me, of the twisted games these friends played on each other, of the secrets they kept hidden. I found myself getting increasingly absorbed into the story, obsessed even, as the story wove on and on and the weight of all these secrets became heavier and heavier. I saw another reviewer say that this is a book where you have to trust the process and where the story will end up, and I have to fully agree. There were moments where I just had to let go and follow the book, even through my confusion as the story continued to warp around me, and that’s honestly a hard thing to do sometimes. I wanted to piece things together, but without any idea of the bigger picture, I was just lost. But in the end, I trusted the story, and I’m so glad it did. That final moment of clarity, of realization, was worth the confusion, and made better because of it even. (I’m being intentionally vague here because this is a story worth reading without spoilers, just so you can feel the full punch in the gut it brings by the end). This is one of those books where I want to just list everything I loved, but can’t without spoiling too much and giving it all away. So I’m just going to ask you all to trust me, and give this wonderful book a shot, because it’s honestly worth the trip.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Spiri Skye

    thank you Netgalley for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. I read people like us by this same author and loved it, so I requested this. What I liked in this book - LGBT+ representation, the spirits/ghosts & tarot cards(I just read all your hidden gifts so it gave me that vibe!), the different characters. What I didn't like - the weird time loop? thank you Netgalley for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. I read people like us by this same author and loved it, so I requested this. What I liked in this book - LGBT+ representation, the spirits/ghosts & tarot cards(I just read all your hidden gifts so it gave me that vibe!), the different characters. What I didn't like - the weird time loop?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Autum Peacock

    Definitely comparable to We Were Liars but better and more aggressive. The characters were honestly written well and I enjoyed the writing style. I finished this completely so quickly too. There’s just some small things in here that confused me and so for that it loses a star. Was really good, just didn’t blow my mind.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ☀︎El In Oz☀︎

    The haunting of hill house plus I know what you did last summer?! Count me in

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy Washburn

    I can honestly say that I had no idea where this story was headed until I was right in the thick of it. Is the ghost of their dead friend haunting our protagonists or is someone playing an elaborate prank? Either way, this novel is a fast-paced, suspenseful read set in a lakeside cabin on Lake George; the perfect book for all my fellow upstate New Yorkers! If you are a fan of horror, pick this up because Summer's Edge will literally have you on the edge of your seat with its numerous twists and I can honestly say that I had no idea where this story was headed until I was right in the thick of it. Is the ghost of their dead friend haunting our protagonists or is someone playing an elaborate prank? Either way, this novel is a fast-paced, suspenseful read set in a lakeside cabin on Lake George; the perfect book for all my fellow upstate New Yorkers! If you are a fan of horror, pick this up because Summer's Edge will literally have you on the edge of your seat with its numerous twists and turns.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2022 I'm not even sure how to write this review. This book was so good and I honestly didn't see the twists coming for quite awhile. I feel like maybe I should have, but it was so well written. The book starts in present day with Chelsea. Every summer, her group of friends goes to Kennedy's lake house. It's been one full year since the fire and Emily's death. Chelsea struggled with it to the point that she was put into a hospital for a long time. But there Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2022 I'm not even sure how to write this review. This book was so good and I honestly didn't see the twists coming for quite awhile. I feel like maybe I should have, but it was so well written. The book starts in present day with Chelsea. Every summer, her group of friends goes to Kennedy's lake house. It's been one full year since the fire and Emily's death. Chelsea struggled with it to the point that she was put into a hospital for a long time. But there was an invite to the house, and she felt like she needed to be there. Chelsea, Kennedy, Chase, Ryan, and Emily had been friends for so long. The weekend at the lake house was tradition. Chelsea struggles to remember what happened the night of the fire and feels guilt for not saving Emily. When everyone besides Emily is back together again, the tensions build quickly. Chase has his girlfriend, Mila, with. No one admits to writing the invitations. They play a game that ends up being tampered with. Ryan is the angriest since Emily was his twin. A lot of bad things start to happen and we go back in time. The story takes place on one day over three summers. Everything comes together and makes sense by the end. I loved the twists in this book. The pacing was great and it was so hard to put down. I wish I could say more because I have a lot of thoughts right now, but it would ruin too much. I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher and author, Dana Mele, for sending me a copy for review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: death by house fire, mentioned death/killing of a pet, themes of drowning & fear of water, mentioned psych ward commitment 4.4 Summers at the lake house probably should have died when Emily did, burned within it- but when the invitations come, Chelsea, Kennedy, Ryan, Chase, and Mila all return. It's supposed to be a summer spent in Emily's honor, one last summer of friendship together, but from the beginning things feel off kilter. No one will own up to send I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: death by house fire, mentioned death/killing of a pet, themes of drowning & fear of water, mentioned psych ward commitment 4.4 Summers at the lake house probably should have died when Emily did, burned within it- but when the invitations come, Chelsea, Kennedy, Ryan, Chase, and Mila all return. It's supposed to be a summer spent in Emily's honor, one last summer of friendship together, but from the beginning things feel off kilter. No one will own up to sending the invitations, the tension is so thick it's strangling, and Chelsea is sure they're being haunted- not that anyone believes her, an already strange girl only just back from a year long stay at a psych ward. No one but the cagey Ryan, anyway, Emily's twin, who thinks that the death wasn't accident at all. And, ghost or living, someone wants the guilty party dead before the night ends. This is a freaky, fun book! It's definitely a story that takes a minute to get into, and then it sinks into your brain for days after. Unfortunately, it's also a story where it's difficult to say anything specific without ruining part of the experience. But I'll do my best! If you're a fan of the unreliable narrator, you'll love this book because in the span of three summers it has not one but three. And with the summery, tangled energy in some ways this book feels like a more complicated We Were Liars. It definitely has a twisty uncertainty that brings a magnetic kind of tension to the story. Never knowing exactly what's happening or who to believe makes this story a chaotic blur at times, and demands a reread. Though my favorite part of this book is the friend group- a group that is messy, toxic, incestuous, and completely compelling. These are characters with strong, interesting different relationships with each other, who almost need to erase those differences for the good of the group. This is a group that relies on secrets and guilt, a forced equality and a seething, half-hidden resentment. I love that you can see the real friendship and you can tell that these are people who, for the most part, do love each other, they're just also terrible for each other. Though, I have to admit that I was also a sucker for the tragic romance of this, a broken ghost of a thing between a liar and a girl no one took seriously, two people who could have hurt each other worse than anyone else or could have been perfect if they could manage to run away with each other. It does take this story a while to ramp up, but it's a book about layers and building, and I don't know that it could have worked out any other way. The first section is mysterious but didn't hook me until we started a new section and a new understanding, and I think once you realize how much more to the story there is it's hard to look away. It's just a shame it takes so long to get to that point. And part of the reason that first section didn't work as well for me is because of the additional POV of the murderer. The rhyming and overly ominous narration made it hard to take seriously. Later on it does add to the story, but I think if it had just been written less theatrically it would have been easier to get invested in instead of feeling cheap. This is a weird, twisty story that will stay in your brain long after reading.

  20. 5 out of 5

    AndiReads

    This is a YA novel with the sort of set up I love. Five friends have reconvened a year after the death of their close pal Emily. The scene of the death, a beloved lake house in Upstate New York, was burned to the ground. The house has literally risen from the ashes as it has been meticulously rebuilt to an exact replica. As they arrive it is clear that the friends share toxic relationships, trauma and trust issues. There are unreliable narrators, trauma, blood murder and suicide ideation. Clearl This is a YA novel with the sort of set up I love. Five friends have reconvened a year after the death of their close pal Emily. The scene of the death, a beloved lake house in Upstate New York, was burned to the ground. The house has literally risen from the ashes as it has been meticulously rebuilt to an exact replica. As they arrive it is clear that the friends share toxic relationships, trauma and trust issues. There are unreliable narrators, trauma, blood murder and suicide ideation. Clearly someone else is in the house intent on revenge This is a sapphic thriller and sometimes hard to follow. The pacing is fast and the tension is high and truly the ending makes it all worthwhile. If you love a revenge story, estranged friends reuniting, or just vacations gone wrong, Summer's Edge is for you! #Simon&Schuster #NetGalley

  21. 4 out of 5

    opinionated angel

    this book was so fucking trippy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish

    This has a HIGH rating for a horror, please don't let me down "Emily Joiner was once part of an inseparable group... summers without Emily were unthinkable. Until the fire burned the lake house to ashes with her inside. A year later, it’s in Emily’s honor that Chelsea and her four friends decide to return. The house awaits them, meticulously rebuilt..." This has a HIGH rating for a horror, please don't let me down "Emily Joiner was once part of an inseparable group... summers without Emily were unthinkable. Until the fire burned the lake house to ashes with her inside. A year later, it’s in Emily’s honor that Chelsea and her four friends decide to return. The house awaits them, meticulously rebuilt..."

  23. 4 out of 5

    RubieReads

    Summer's Edge was a very interesting story. And the turn it took was not what I was expecting. Pure brilliance. Full review to come... Summer's Edge was a very interesting story. And the turn it took was not what I was expecting. Pure brilliance. Full review to come...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Perez-Cantu

    I Know What You Did Last Summer + toxic friends + paranormal shit = best summer thriller 🤩

  25. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    4 or 4.5⭐️ A twist-filled summer YA thriller. I enjoyed it overall, but it was confusing in parts before all the pieces started to fall into place.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Suppi

    the way i wanted to slap every single individual in this group across the face is unparalleled. quite honestly, literally every single person in this book SUCKED. they were all terrible and I kinda hated everyone except Ryan even though he was being a dick too but man I still loved this thing

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Luellman

    Besides the compelling mystery of trying to figure out exactly what is happening in this story the constant drama and unfolding of secrets among the friend group kept me glued to this book. Paired along with the friends and the sinister things that keep happening is also the well done supernatural element of this story. This is such a well done gothic tale that takes the stories of three summers and flawlessly weaves them together for an explosive ending. *Thank you to the publisher for providing Besides the compelling mystery of trying to figure out exactly what is happening in this story the constant drama and unfolding of secrets among the friend group kept me glued to this book. Paired along with the friends and the sinister things that keep happening is also the well done supernatural element of this story. This is such a well done gothic tale that takes the stories of three summers and flawlessly weaves them together for an explosive ending. *Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    K. | Butterflies and Chills

    *Thank you to Simon and Schuster, Netgalley, and the amazing Dana Mele for this early review e-arc* OH. MY. GOD, guys. This book!! This is a story about a group of friends meeting up at a lake house a year after one of the friends died, but as the night goes on, secrets are revealed and to sum it up--nothing is really as it seems. The pacing of the story is super fast and the chapters all leave you wanting to read more! I couldn't stop reading. We get a few different points of view and that helps *Thank you to Simon and Schuster, Netgalley, and the amazing Dana Mele for this early review e-arc* OH. MY. GOD, guys. This book!! This is a story about a group of friends meeting up at a lake house a year after one of the friends died, but as the night goes on, secrets are revealed and to sum it up--nothing is really as it seems. The pacing of the story is super fast and the chapters all leave you wanting to read more! I couldn't stop reading. We get a few different points of view and that helps reveal step by step what's going on and look at it from different sides of the coin. It's really well done and it just makes you want to know what will happen and what is this secret all the characters are keeping. The atmosphere of the book is haunting and there's a supernatural side to it which I found fascinating. The ending blew my mind and it's probably my favorite part, when it all starts to come together! I thought I knew and I thought it would be in the same vein of another book I read before and it wasn't. It left me so surprised but at the same time grinning from satisfaction, and thinking YES, this is genius! It also deals with themes of grief and toxic dynamics and friendships and that's something I'm always up to because I feel they are very real themes. I can't recommend it enough and i'm obviously buying every thriller Dana Mele ever comes up with! 5 freakin' ⭐

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Green

    I received an ARC of this book as part of Dana's street team. All I can say is: mind. Blown. The ending will ruin you in the best way. I loved Dana's previous book, People Like Us, and so the bar was set high for this one. Summer's Edge met and exceeded my expectations. Summer's Edge is an atmospheric, character-driven YA thriller that will keep you guessing. There's also a mystery, and if you like ghost stories, this one is also for you. It's about toxic relationships, friendship, secrets, broke I received an ARC of this book as part of Dana's street team. All I can say is: mind. Blown. The ending will ruin you in the best way. I loved Dana's previous book, People Like Us, and so the bar was set high for this one. Summer's Edge met and exceeded my expectations. Summer's Edge is an atmospheric, character-driven YA thriller that will keep you guessing. There's also a mystery, and if you like ghost stories, this one is also for you. It's about toxic relationships, friendship, secrets, broken love, and testing the boundaries of loyalty. The characters are gorgeously rendered and compelling. The plot twists are jaw-dropping. It's hard to say much about the book without including spoilers because everything weaves together so intricately and so well, but you have to read this one. It will keep you turning pages until you run out of them. Summer's Edge needs to be on your pre-order list!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bear (ettubrody)

    This is so twisty and fun! I really loved the character relationships and dynamics going on here, and the reveals just kept coming. A lot of fun, would recommend for fans of American Horror Story: Murder House, Cry_Wolf, IKWYDLS, and Haunting Of Hill House. 01. Anything compared to IKWYDLS has me SOLD! Can't wait for this one. This is so twisty and fun! I really loved the character relationships and dynamics going on here, and the reveals just kept coming. A lot of fun, would recommend for fans of American Horror Story: Murder House, Cry_Wolf, IKWYDLS, and Haunting Of Hill House. 01. Anything compared to IKWYDLS has me SOLD! Can't wait for this one.

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