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What Dies in Summer: A Novel

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  584 ratings  ·  131 reviews
“I did what I did, and that’s on me.” From that tantalizing first sentence, Tom Wright sweeps us up in a tale of lost innocence. Jim has a touch of the Sight. It’s nothing too spooky and generally useless, at least until the summer his cousin L.A. moves in with him and their grandmother. When Jim and L.A. discover the body of a girl, ...more
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Published June 4th 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published May 1st 2012)
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Lou
A slow paced poignant story of loss and the innocence of a boy Jim. He narrates to you the trials and tribulations that he faces and how they prove to be testing. He does feel an air of failure about himself, a naive boy at heart not highly intelligent. He posses more than the average strain of innocence and kindness for a man. Unspeakable horrors are brought to him and deaths arise. Amongst all the failure he feels he's had, he does prove to do an act that he can look back at as an achievement ...more
Maya Panika
The story is narrated by Biscuit, a teenage boy from Oak Cliff, Texas, who tells us about the summer he and his cousin LA found the raped and mutilated body of a young girl. It soon it emerges that the girl is not her killer's first victim, nor, it seems, will she be the last if Biscuit’s psychic visions are to be believed. The race is on to find the killer before he claims another life.

Biscuit and his cousin LA, live with their grandmother, both families broken by abuse and violence. You do beg
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Teresa
Não entendo os adjectivos na capa e contracapa deste livro: "Magnifico", "Imaculado", "Impressionante", "Perturbador", "Arrepiante", "Inesquecível", "Sedutor", "Comovente",...
Referem-se, com certeza, a outro livro...
Filipa
Quem tiver curiosidade neste livro, lhe pegar e posteriormente o for ler, não liguem à sinopse, ou pelo menos ao que está escrito no fim da sinopse. Não se dá início a uma investigação que porá a vida dos protagonistas em perigo.
Pelo menos, não da maneira como é feita a chamada de atenção.

Todo o livro se desenrola com a passagem de adolescentes pela casa da avó no verão.
Todas as descobertas que fazem, tanto a nível emocional como a nível físico.
Um rapaz (James) no meio de duas raparigas (L.A.
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Ellen
Wow! What a wild ride of a book! A little like To Kill a Mockingbird, a little like Member of the Wedding - this book takes place in the area of Dallas, Texas. Cousins Jim (aka Biscuit) and L.A. (Lee Ann) live with Gram - L.A. has a deep dark secret and Jim just wants to learn more about girls. Their discovery of a dead girl leads to an explosive ending which changes both of them forever. There are several deaths in this story but the death of innocence is the one mourned and celebrated at once. ...more
Sandra
O facto de este livro ter sido mal rotulado como thriller ( que não o é nem aqui nem na China) fez as pessoas pegarem nele com outra mentalidade e quando começaram a lê-lo a insatisfação passou a opinião sobre o que leram.

Digo isto porque quando o livro saiu fiquei bastante interessada em lê-lo, mas à medida que ia lendo as opiniões de outras pessoas até cheguei a pensar que este livro era uma porcaria.

Neste momento estou na página 102 e posso afirmar que até aqui adorei tudo o que li.

De facto
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

With a down-to-earth writing style and in-depth human insight, this page-turning crime fiction novel is a quintessential summer read for those who like dark paranormal twists and a Southern Gothic flavor to their novels.

About: In a Southern town during the early 1970’s, a young teenage boy named Jim (aka Biscuit) lives with his grandmother after his stepfather has beaten him badly enough to leave him in the hospital; and it’s not the first time. When h
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Caitlin
Sometimes I wonder why we all do this - review books, I mean. All these opinions floating out there in the ether. Do they help people find books to read? Do books that deserve to sell really sell more if we say we liked them? Fortunately, whenever I start wondering that too much a book like What Dies in Summer comes along and I remember why I do this - I like blathering about books and I really like it when I find a debut author who impresses me.

What Dies in Summer almost immediately reminded me
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Mandy
It was a slow burner to be sure. I liked the narrator but the book seemed to pull its punches a bit too often. Yes there were some horrific things that happened in the story and to the characters but it almost seems as though the author shied away from these moments once they arrived. Perhaps I'm used to authors like Gillian Flynn, who goes stomping toward the horror with big black boots, but this seemed too gentle, even as grotesque or unspeakable things are happening.

The writing style was lush
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Heather Boustead
What Dies in Summer
By Tom Wright

Jim Beaudry is a teenage boy whose dreams are haunted by a young woman, a dead young woman. One day Jim and his cousin L.A. stumble upon the dead body of the girl that has been haunting Jim’s dreams she had been brutally raped and murdered. Over the course of one summer these teenagers who have been through so much in their short lives find out that there is more hell that they must eventually endure.

Tom Wright creates two characters whose lives are so troubled t
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Mary
I loved this. Tom Wright uses first person to tell this story of Biscuit, or James, and his summer with his cousin L.A. and his other friends. There is a killer in the community, and L.A. has secrets that she will not share, and Biscuit struggles to understand the female mind, support L.A., love Diane, and protect himself, his Gram, and L.A. against the various threats from family and the unknown. Wright's descriptive prose hooked me just as much as the story did.
SIMON Karine
Je tiens tout d’abord à remercier Les Editions Presses de La Cité, pour leur confiance. J’ai apprécié ma lecture, et même si j’ai quelques bémols à émettre, ça reste une belle découverte.
Au premier abord, je pense que ce qui m’a manqué dans ce livre c’est le suspens, je m’attendais en effet à un thriller, et ce n’est pas le cas. Du coup, je suis ressortie de ma lecture quelques peu déçue, et c’est vraiment dommage, car en fait mis à part ce rythme un peu "lent", je pense sincèrement que ce roman
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Alejandro Olaguer
Dallas, dos primos adolescentes viven con su abuela, el chico maltratado por su padrastro, la chica abusada por su padre. Asistimos al despertar de estos chicos a la vida adulta. Por momentos los chicos parecen tener una especie de poder extrasensorial, hay visiones, lluvias de peces plateados y sueños premonitorios. Hasta ahí todo parece una novela iniciática, de fin de la adolescencia. En un momento los chicos encuentran el cadáver de una chica, entonces todo parece inclinarse hacia el policia ...more
Celisa
Ik geef het om precies te zijn 3.5 sterren. Het is een goed boek en het leest ook snel omdat de hoofdstukken kort zijn.
Ben Larken
A solid, engrossing read. The reveal of the killer's identity isn't a big surprise, but that seems beside the point. The characters are fully fleshed out and fully fascinating. I loved the main character's voice and the supernatural elements that lurked around the edges but never took over the story. Plus it's set in Dallas in the 70's, which was an added layer of cool for a Texan like me.
Naomi
I have to be really honest in saying that I didn't like anything about this book...the way it was written, the storyline, the characters, etc. I just thought that nothing about the book was really developed and it was really lagging. I actually believe that I think whoever wrote the jacket description for the book did a better job than the author in writing it. I was just really disappointed.
Roger Miller
In the last chapter these are too quotes about one of the two villains in the novel. He did not want to destroy me, he wanted

to destroy his own weakness. A Lost boy too sacred to cry-a quote. This is the type of insight into evil and redemption that

Tom Wright brings. Sadly, it is clear he also fully understands family dysfunction and the sins of mothers and fathers. A

sordid religious book, that in the end the Jim find forgiveness and redemption. But in the end some of his characters choose

to
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Nolan
2 1/2 stars is more accurate. A valiant first effort with some interesting character ideas, but I felt it had struggles with identity. It jumped around a lot with a murder mystery and a coming of age/loss of innocence story and couldn't quite commit to one or other and/or couldn't find the balance. Keep at it, Mr. Wright. You'll get it.
Zulma Rios
Lo que muere en verano nos habla de como las familias esconden secretos, que muchas veces ni los miembros de la misma, se imaginan, de lo difícil que es vivir en una situación de violencia domestica,donde incluso quienes se suponen que están ahí para protegerte te hacen daño, o se hacen de la vista gorda, como si nada pasara, en esta historia encontramos a monstruos reales, monstruos que bien pueden pasar por un ciudadano normal, mientras que en la intimidad, en su vida privada, son capaces de c ...more
Dave Tuck
I seem to have enjoyed this more than previous reviewers. I've noticed many referring to the serial killer storyline but to focus on that detracts from the real story which is the central character's development and loss of innocence.

Biscuit has had a difficult life, his Mum is alive but he lives with his Gram and shortly his cousin L.A joins them. Along with his girlfriend Diane these are 3 main people in Biscuit's life and it's his conflicted feelings about being the only man and protector whi
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Maurinejt
This book spends much of its time being a charming, coming of age story about a boy and his cousin growing up in Texas decades ago. It is extremely well written, and the voice of James(the boy in question and the narrator) is distinct and engaging. There is absolutely no problem with picking this book up and getting lost in the world.

The bones of the plot, however, are lacking. The real thrust of the story is the mystery of a serial killer bent on murdering young girls, even while James' cousin-
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David Hebblethwaite
Tom Wright’s debut novel chronicles one summer in the life of Jim Bonham, who lives in Texas with his grandmother (having been estranged from his mother and her current partner, and his father having passed away), and has frequent visions of a dead girl standing by his bed. At the start of the novel, Jim finds his cousinL.A.(Lee Ann) sitting, shaking on the porch; she becomes part of his and Gram’s household, and what happened to her will be revealed over the coming months. That summer will also ...more
Ellie
Biscuit lives with his Gram and his cousin L.A. In Oak Cliff, Texas. He supposedly has inherited the Sight and gets flashes of visions or disturbing dreams. The summer he and L.A. Discover the body of a teenage girl, he realises he has been seeing her at his bedside. The girl had clearly been tortured and the community is on tenterhooks as the summer heat increases.

It takes a long time for anything to really happen. There are quite a lot of characters in Biscuit's extended family to be introduce
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Megan
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Kari
Innocence...that is the answer...at least I think it is. What Dies in Summer is told from Tom's point of view. He tells us of the summer when he and his cousin find a dead body and what happens next. He also tells us a whole bunch of stuff that just seemed irrelevant to the story. I liked Tom's character. For a teenager, he is a pretty good kid, but he is also very innocent. That is what makes this book good. It is the story of how he learns more about the world. The sad part is the way in which ...more
Bonnie
Wow! This book starts out like an innocent, small town, memoir and escalates into a serious triple murder with heavy incestous tones. The point of view is first person told by a Jim, more commonly known as Biscuit, who lives in 1970s Texas. Biscuit has a touch of what his grandmother calls "the sight." The inciting force is when his first cousin, L. A., moves in with him and their grandmother. Their mothers are sisters, Grandmother's daughters, and right away you realize something must be wrong ...more
Sandra
I debated if I should give this book 3 or 4 stars. I wish there were half star increments. I chose 3 because there were some things about this book that weakened it IMO. The character of L.A. was very vague. More should have been done to build upon this character; to let us into her mind a bit. She always was a bit of a mystery and seemed very detached and uninteresting. As such it was kind of hard to care about her. You only cared at all because the main character, her cousin, cared so much. Ma ...more
Cat Heywood
I did not finish this book as i only got to page 32 as i found it disgusting you have a grown man saying to a little boy about his cousin "you can see them little titties real good, can't you " and then he tells them at he makes movies so he takes them back to his house and it tells you that the man has an old calendar of a couple of naked boys on a stone porch on his wall, the boys asks where his tv is and the man says "Don't need that plenty to stay entertained with, we make our own fun" then ...more
Nora
Dark. I don't always expect books to be full of light and joy hut I do like to see characters grow in a positive manner. We know there are lots of abused and lonely kids out there, but this book gleefully strips the rose from our glasses and lays it out for all to see. Everyone, except perhaps the main character, a teen aged boy too innocent to seem real, seems to have a dark or ignorant side.
Donna Church
coming of age story James (Biscuit) already lives with his grandmother, but the arrival of his cousin L.A. (Lee Anne), nearly catatonic, begins a difficult year in which James becomes a man. The plot revolves primarily around L.A. and James s discovery of a nude female body that leads police to other similar bodies and a hunt for a serial killer. Within these stories, James and L.A. must address their own abuse at the hands of their stepfathers, the history of abuse from their grandfather, the d ...more
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Tom Wright is a practicing psychologist and received his doctorate from Texas A&M University. What Dies in Summer is his first book. He lives in Texarkana, Texas.
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