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One Lost Summer

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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Rex Allen loves star quality in women. He moves into a new house in a heat wave with few possessions apart from two photographs of his dead daughter. His next door neighbour, beautiful Evangeline Glass invites him over to one of her many summer parties, where he meets her friends and possessive husband Harry. Rex feels he knows Eva
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 14th 2013 by Black Jackal Books
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Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You don't read this novel, you sink into it. It grabs you from the first shocking page (In fact, if the first page with its single, centered paragraph doesn't grab you, my friend -- you are not grab-able.)It's not the kind of novel that insists you read and read and read, racing frantically to the last page and crash to a stop, winded and spavined, desperately trying to remember all that happened within the pages. This novel dictates quite another tempo to the reader. It insists that you take yo ...more
Les Edgerton
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is without a doubt one of the best novels I’ve read in a long, long time, maybe ever. All the while I was turning the pages, it didn’t feel like I was reading but more akin to a physical sensation, like floating on water. And… a particular, unique body of water. I felt myself buoyed up and borne along as in a small raft, floating on an azure sea, not a cloud in the cobalt-blue, brittle ether above me, helpless and alone. For the first time in my life, I understood what the term “fictive dre ...more
Ian Ayris
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ONE LOST SUMMER begins benignly enough. Rex moves into a house in the suburbs. He is invited to a party next door by his beautiful neighbour, Evangeline - a sex-bomb of a woman reminiscent of the glory days of old Hollywood. In fact, Rex is reminiscent of that era too. Think Ronald Coleman and Katherine Hepburn and you get some sort of idea.

It doesn't take long before Rex becomes completely obsessed with Evangeline. And like all obsessives worthy of the name, he secretly films her every waking
Jack Strange
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a small number of novels which have been worth reading for the prose style alone, without taking into account the merits of the plot, characters, themes, etc. These include ‘Pale Fire’, ‘It Happened in Boston?’, and ‘Days Without End’.
To this small and exclusive list I have recently added ‘One Lost Summer’ by Richard Godwin.
His prose style – and I’m not by any means the first reviewer to make this observation – is poetic. If all you’ve read of Godwin’s work is ‘Savage Highway’, then yo
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
Richard Godwin’s One Lost Summer takes a detour from the author’s trademark noir / psychological thriller / horror stylings and answers with a resounding “Yes!” the question “Can Richard write anything other than horror thrillers?”

A novel steeped in mystery and suspense, with a subtle yet unmistakable eroticism, One Lost Summer takes the reader deep inside the mind of a damaged man… a tortured soul… where we are witness to the ‘shrouded’ dance of the watcher and the watched.

The story begins one
Keith Nixon
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is high summer and Rex Allen moves into his new house, The Telescope. Barely has he begun to unpack when his attractive neighbor, Evangeline Glass, invites him to one of her regular parties.

Rex finds himself obsessing on Evangeline. He begins to immerse himself in her life, filming her at first, then following her movements, convinced there’s more to her than meets the eye. When Rex discovers Evangeline’s secret he persuades her to visit him for a two hour period each week and to become anoth
Mike Stafford
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

‘One Lost Summer’ is the third novel from noir Prince of Darkness Richard Godwin. His first two books, ‘Apostle Rising’ and ‘Mr. Glamour,’ were ultra-violent serial killer fare, so ‘One Lost Summer’ represents a marked change in content. Here, we meet Rex Allen, purchaser of The Telescope, a vast home in an exclusive, secluded street. He has few possessions other than photographs of his dead daughter, and despite his evident wealth, lives in cold, sterile c
Tara Hall
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I agreed to review this book as I had previously read another ARC book by this same author. I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than that this book would be dark and contain some kind of mystery. But it was that and more. The author is clearly maturing into a seasoned storyteller, though I still find emotional connection to his characters hard to accomplish. But the plot is excellent, and I read this book in one sitting, because I had to know what was going to happen.

While this book also takes p
Posted First on Blog Critics as Book Review: One Last Summer by Richard Godwin.

Memory can often be elusive and when stress or shock is engaged, the past can become mired in an impermeable darkness.

In One Lost Summer by Richard Godwin, we are introduced to Rex Allen, a man who is obsessed with filming and photography. Lost in contemplation he has only vague memories of how he came to live in a new house, with only few possessions. A living shadow he is only brought to stark relief after meeting
K.A. Laity
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Godwin throws the reader into mystery right from the start. All we know about Rex Allen is his relief at moving houses and the curious blankness of his life. He has exquisitely expensive tastes, but there’s a blankness in his new home that hides his truth. Like everyone in the novel, there’s a lot going on that he doesn’t want to know — or isn’t ready to think about. The reader is thrust into the uneasy voyeuristic life he takes up and his obsession with his neighbour, Evangeline and her husband ...more
Nik Korpon
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very methodical, deliberate mystery novel in the vein of James M Cain. I love novels and films that deal with identity and recreating the self. What I really enjoyed about One Lost Summer was the self-awareness, in that as Rex Allen, the filmmaker-protagonist, dissects and reassembles his past and identity, the process was reflected in the voyeuristic films he was creating. We sit so closely to him that he feel his dislocation, his confusion, and eventually his heartbreak and revulsion. Althou ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It...was...WICKEEEEED. Seriously, I went through Richard Godwin's latest in 48 hours because I couldn't stop myself. ONE LOST SUMMER is a slow, predatory psychological thriller and I press the word PSYCHOLOGICAL here. Godwin knows the inner workings of the human mind and doesn't just exposes his knowledge. He builds a self-sustaining narrative about the notion of identity and image.

The greatest achievement of ONE LOST SUMMER though is to have understood the importance of the ephemeral nature of
Graham Smith
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Godwin’s latest is a must-read novel, which grabs you tight in a vice like grip and doesn’t let you go until you’ve read the last page. His descriptive prose is first class as he explores what happens behind the doors of suburbia.

Each of the main characters hides a secret and Rex’s obsessions drive him to distraction when he encounters the beautiful and mysterious Evangeline Glass. With a kick ass twist in the tale, One Lost Summer ticks all the boxes.
G.M. Ford
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brandon Nagel
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable. A book I will read again and again. A book about Identity and Loss. Obsession. Fantastic. Tragic. Read it. Now.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
A quick read but a slow burn, classic noir in the James M Cain vein. I often felt like the author was toying with me, the way he’d detail expansively the character’s voyeuristic lensmanship, and then go sparse when it came to the important plot action that’s rendered matter-of-factly. Concise, yes, but also precise, which I appreciated, even as it left me wanting more. Cold and calculating, just like its characters. Similarly, the dialogue feels a bit flat, though I think that mostly works in se ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One Lost Summer is a very impressive outing from Richard Godwin. The story is compelling and smartly told. Like the best of noir, it digs deep into the tortured psyche of its protagonist. Rex Allen is a film maker, appropriately enough, because the story is told as if with a filmmaker's eye. The turns of events are themselves right out of Hitchcock: the claustrophobic voyeurism of Rear Window, especially, and the amnesia and other psychological troubles depicted in various Hitchcock tales.
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Richard Godwin is the author of critically acclaimed novels Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, and Paranoia And The Destiny Programme.
He is also a published poet and a produced playwright. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime a