One year after the suicide of their friend Janey, the rest of the group decide to spend the summer together in a holiday villa in the Mediterranean. They're hoping to get over the terrible events of the previous year, but then a new guest arrives, claiming to have evidence that Janey's suicide was actually murder. When the guest is found dead, it becomes clear that the kil...more
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Cruel Summer was the first book by James Dawson that I've ever read but it won't be the last.
The story of this book centers around a group of friends that had been estranged for the past year, after the death of one of their group Janey, and decide to spend their summer vacation together in a Spanish Villa. In that seclude place a surprise visit from someone who claims to their secrets will turn their summer into a nightmare.
This book was really great. One of the main narrators, Ryan, ...more
For Ryan, our main character and star of the show, life is a movie (or, at least, a teen drama) taking place on a studio set, right up to the point where the chapters are called 'scenes'. He is currently hanging out at his good friend Katie's h ...more
"In a weird way Alisha had got her wish – the old gang was back together again. For eternity. They were all bound together by their terrible secret, until the day they died. That was a terrifying thought."
Another Dawson Dazzler!
Juno Dawson is quickly becoming one of my favourite YA writers having devoured two of her books in as many weeks. I would highly recommend her book Clean whi ...more
For fans of: Christopher Pike, Gretchen McNeil's 'Ten'.
Q: What a girl to do at this point?
A: Skimmed further into the story to learn more about the key parts of the mystery without lingering too long in ...more
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“Everyone has the face they show people and the face for when they’re alone in bed with only their thoughts.”
My rating: 4 stars out of 5
I was super excited to read this book since I read the synopsis a while ago and since it’s summer it seemed like the perfect time to do it. If you like mystery but not that super elaborated adult books that can get kind of boring this is ...more
A group of friends gather at a villa in Spain, one year after the suicide of one of their number, to reconnect and have some fun and frolics. Things don’t go according to plan however as it ...more
reading is not for the faint of heart ...write that down.
Annnnnnyways back to Cruel Summer about a vacation that is sure to go wr ...more
When Janey Bradshaw is murdered on the night of Telscombe Cliffs’ prom, nothing is brought up until her group of friends meet up the summer after in Spain. There’s Ryan, Katie, Alisha, Ben, G ...more
I feel that the reason the murderer had for killing a few of the characters was rather shallow and I wish the author had made the murderer's reason more substantial with more kick.
Overall this book kept me glued to it. I was looking forward to finding out who the murderer was and it sure did surprise me.
I tried guessing who it was and was half correct in relation to who was present when Janey died.
The plot wasn't anything entirely new. It was a bit simila ...more
I didn't click with any of the characters, they all annoyed me and we're self centered little bitches.
For most of the book nothing happened and if people hadn't have been killed it sounds like it would have been a shit holiday, they didn't leave the villa for 4 days! Losers..
Anyways, I saw the killer coming but not for the reason why, that ...more
I also didn't realize that I actually really liked some of the characters until the end, Although I still think that they had the spoilt rich kid air about them, they grew on me. I recommend this to anyone who likes murder mystery books w ...more
The book opens with a chapter called 'Fade In'...telling us about the moment Janey died. It's strongly hinted that she was murdered. The book ends with a chapter called 'Fade Out' where we leave our characters with all manner of secrets revealed, and most of our questions answered. In-between this frame we are given a series of scenes tellin ...more
Okay, so going into this I had no idea what to expect and I was also a little worried, because it's not even close to the type of novel I usually read XD I normally go for novels with fantasy elements, with the occasional highly-recommended contemporary novel thrown in. This one was a bit of a wildcard that I read as part of a Group Buddy Read.
From the start I was kinda thrown by the formatting of this novel, it seemed like a cross between a play and a Wes Craven movie and ...more
CAUTION: reading this book may result in serious jaw pain as your jaw will be permanently hanging wiiiiiiiide open!
i have finished this book for the second time & it was as AMAZING as the first time! The edge of the seat/bed sitting!!! the screaming! the anxiety! the feeeeeeeeels! the omg-what-is-happening recations! the nail biting! the JAW DROPPING! the gasps!
reading this book, just keeps me like completely on edge. I was reading it ...more
When it comes to James Dawson's books, I could lie and tell you that I've known about him for a long time but in reality I only really heard about him when he wrote Say Her Name.Though I haven't read it yet I was intrigued by how much everyone was going on about not only the book but the author himself, so I set out to find one to read. I came across Cruel Summer in one of my local libraries and knew that I wanted it, it since set on my sh ...more
Cruel Summer was my first read from talented UK YA author James Dawson. I’ve been on a YA Summer Thriller kick this year and so was immediately interested in checking this book out after reading the synopsis. Then in came the glowing reviews and my book blogging friends telling me how much I’d love this one and so I decided to read it ASAP and promptly read the entire thing in one sitting because it was that good!
In a nutshell Cruel Summer is about a group of friends who haven’t seen ...more
This book will make your jaw drop; it will then precede to hang there for a few m ...more
In 2011, James left teaching to write full-time and now lives in London.
Hollow Pike is his first novel for young adults.