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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  8,410 ratings  ·  929 reviews
From the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Everything series comes a new novel of love, lies, and deceit.

Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into l
Paperback, 302 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Kathleen I just thought the whole book was an overly melodramatic soap opera and the memory thing was not believable. I don’t expect a sequel, I think the endi…moreI just thought the whole book was an overly melodramatic soap opera and the memory thing was not believable. I don’t expect a sequel, I think the ending was just her attempt to put in final twist.(less)
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Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am ecstatic to bring you my next project, LAST SUMMER. Thank you for adding my book to your Goodreads shelf. And when it comes up on your to-be-read pile of books, thank you for reading. I can’t wait for you to discover what my next protagonist, Ella Skye, has in store for you. Enjoy! Kerry xo

PS: LAST SUMMER is a stand-alone book, and not part of a series. It’s my first stand-alone since ALL THE BREAKING WAVES. I’ve been told by several early readers that LAST SUMMER is compulsively readable,
Chelsea Humphrey
This was steamy, suspenseful, and had an ending I definitely didn't see coming! Full review to come.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
WOW! Kerry Lonsdale Took me on a wild and crazy ride with this fast-paced addictive story! And let me tell you what when I got off this ride my mind was spinning, what the actual... Ella wakes up in the hospital to discover that she has lost her baby, the problem is she does not remember being pregnant. I know what you’re thinking. I know you think you know where this book is going. But I can guarantee you that you do not! This book twisted and turned. It was dark, disturbing, and distressing. M ...more
Larry H
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.


Ella Skye is a journalist for Luxe Avenue magazine, a job which allows her to interact with celebrities, politicians, artists, scientists, anyone making news. She's never been above using her sex appeal, her intelligence, and her cunning to get what she wants—even her husband Damien, the handsome, high-profile owner of an internet security firm.

But one night she wakes up in the hospital, dealing with a story even she doesn't want to handle. Apparently she was in a car accident
DJ Sakata
I quickly succumbed to Ms. Lonsdale's magic and tumbled right into an oddly unsettling yet mesmerizing vortex inhabited by her troubled characters. In case you haven't figured it out yet, Ms. Lonsdale is deviously talented with the word voodoo! My opinions and feelings towards her characters turned on a dime, I couldn’t decide who was to be believed as none seemed trustworthy and all appeared to be harboring layer upon layer of secrets, tragic losses, and deep-seated issues that I was extremely ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
This is my second book from Kerry Lonsdale, and I love it just as much as the first.

Ella Skye is a lifestyle journalist who interviews celebrities and politicians alike. She also crosses the line sometimes with those she interacts and has had an escapade or two.

But then she meets, Damien, and quickly falls in love and marries. She remembers every detail of their whirlwind romance, but not the tragic accident that causes her to lose her pregnancy. The whole pregnancy is wiped from her memory.

Erin Clemence
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Ella Skye is a journalist and has spent her life keeping, sharing and spilling secrets. After a few years of torrid affairs with her celebrity clients, Ella settles down and marries entrepreneur Damien, and the two begin a relatively quiet life together. When Ella wakes up in a hospital room after a tragic car accident and is told of the baby she had m
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been a huge fan of KL’s books since her debut and this book is such a big departure from her books, but in a really awesome way! Her other books have been solidly Women’s Fiction and this was much edgier and much sexier than her previous books and I loved every single page.

This was basically the definition of a binge read for me, I was supposed to be buddy reading it with my friends Chelsea and Jamie and ended up tearing through it because I seriously could NOT put it down! It was such a fa
An imaginative and intriguing psychological drama about lies, deceit and memory loss.

Ella Skye is at the top of her game as a lifestyle journalist. Her assignments are the rich and famous, and she remembers every celebrity and politician she has interviewed. The chance meeting with Damien Russell, a wealthy entrepreneur; their love at first sight romance; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. She can even remember Damien telling her he never wanted children. Bu
Laura Peden
This book was frustrating and good at the same time. Nothing really happens the first 60-70% and then it finishes strong. The main character irritated the living shit out of me too many times but I enjoyed the twists near the end. A quick summer read. Read on Audible with Kindle Unlimited.
Lisa Aiello
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
Great googly moogly. That was such an amazing trip I just took. Come closer. I am going to admit something here. Generally, I know what I'm going to rate a book before I even finish it. A bit short-sighted, but whatever. They're my ratings to do with what I like. With this one, I loved the story, I loved the writing, I loved the characters, but something was bothering the heck out of me. And it was fact that this woman rightfully had so many questions, and she let all the people who could give h ...more
Susan's Reviews
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

LAST SUMMER twists and turns and leaves you with a dropped jaw at the end of your reading journey.. The story opens with Ella Skye conducting an interview with a famous actress, who reveals that she knows the secret to erasing your sorrowful past memories. Right away, I was on the alert when, in the next chapter, I read that Ella has lost not only her memory, but a baby as well. Damien
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...


Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and share my review.


Imagine waking up in the hospital having no idea what happened to bring you there in the first place. Your husband is there and you ask what is going on, and see that he is shocked that you cannot remember what happened. Well this is the situation that Ella finds herself in. She cannot remember the car accident, losing her baby, even
Holy Cannoli! What did I just read?? This was my first read by Kerry Lonsdale and now I want to drop everything and read her entire backlog. I absolutely inhaled this book in less than one day. I"m pretty sure my husband was ecstatic when he knew I had finally finished because no-one was talking to me until I did. I was obsessed with figuring out this storyline. I'm just blown away at the creativity. I loved it. Wowza.

That said, there were times when I was reading it where I got frustrated with
I spent an entire afternoon completely immersed in Kerry Lonsdale's upcoming book, Last Summer. Ella is suffering from memory loss after a car accident. She can't even remember being pregnant or losing the baby. As Ella and her husband, Damian, try to keep their marriage from imploding, devastating secrets are revealed. I'm hoping for a second book to continue this story! ...more
Gina *loves sunshine*
For some reason I looked at the cover of this book and thought fun beachy romance, right? last summer - ooh la la......definitely wrong - this is 100% women's contemporary thriller! And wowza it was the kind that has a billion flashbacks, secrets, amnesia, building of the story, multiple misleads, adventure, intrigue and a tiny romance. I always think thrillers make great audiobooks and this narration was really good! It's free with KU and as an ebook or audible! ...more
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This book was such an unexpected surprise... it was a psychological thriller... a domestic suspense... a twisted relationship tale... and to be honest having just finished it in one sitting... I am in both shock and awe. Last Summer is different but it’s still a dark twisted tale that has you questioning every characters motive and quickly reading to try to unlock the next piece of the puzzle.

The mystery of this story kept me interested and intrigued and I was amazed with the chara
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2019, netgalley
Ella wakes up in the hospital not being able to remember the car accident that cost her the life of her unborn baby, in fact, she can’t remember being pregnant at all. She tries to figure out the missing parts of her memory and she discovers secrets, lies, and betrayals along the way. The story kept my interest the whole time, I found the characters intriguing and I did not predict some of the turns and twists in the story. I could not put the book down, I was curious to see how it would end. Th ...more
Kelly Hill
Jul 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh man. So for like 2/3 of the book nothing happens. Like this woman has memory loss and just wanders around not asking people questions about why she has memory loss and no one cares to tell her. And when she does ask people are like “oh sorry I’m cooking dinner can we talk about your amnesia later?” And she’s like “okay cool!” And then you find out why she had memory loss and why no one would tell her and it’s so ridiculous. And in the last 1/3 of the book you get the discovery of the memory l ...more
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
“How far would you go to get what you want?“

The answer to that question for this desperate ‘love triangle’ of characters is definitely “all the way” and then some!

Admittedly I don’t read too much contemporary romantic fiction, however when this story kicked off, I was all for giving Ella and Damien a chance to impress me, as there is nothing wrong with a good romp and a large dose of slush, every once in a while!

Also, I was more than a little intrigued by Ella’s ‘selective memory loss’, which it
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant.

Hoping to find the memories of a lost pregnancy that’s le
Jamie Rosenblit
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Coming off a wildly successful series, Kerry Lonsdale is back with her first stand-alone since the conclusion of the Everything series and she is back with a vengeance!

When Ella wakes up in the emergency room following a car accident and having suffered a miscarriage with absolutely no memories of ever being pregnant, she is desperate to piece together the gaps in her mind, but nothing is as it seems - not her marriage, her friendships and her career - including a piece on a famous outdoorsman
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
It was extremely difficult for me to decide upon a rating for Kerry Lonsdale’s Last Summer. It was a book that had me hooked, one I powered through in no time at all, but it was a bit too predictable for my liking. As much as I enjoyed watching everything come together, I worked out almost every detail very early in the story.

I can easily see Last Summer becoming a favourite of fans of suspenseful drama, the kind of books I refer to as domestic thrillers, as it’s a story built upon lies and dece
Susan Peterson
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Ella Skye wakes up in her hospital room, she doesn’t remember the accident that caused her to lose her baby—-in fact, she doesn’t remember being pregnant at all. This is the premise for Last Summer, an unputdownable, entertaining, and tantalizing book. Not only was I caught up in the twisty-turny suspense in this story, I was emotionally invested in the characters and the fact that love and pain were the catalyst for their intricate web of lies and deceit. I found myself conflicted about th ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve had this book to preview since February and got right into reading it. I,was only able to get to a few chapters done and then life got in the way and I had to set it aside. Going forward to April and I finally got the chance to start reading again and I finished this absolutely, awesome book in two days. This is Kerry Lonsdale’s first stand-alone book since finishing the “Everything” series and Kerry just keeps getting better and better!
This unputtdownable page-tuner had a plot twist that
Barbara White
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to read an early version of this manuscript. It is, without doubt, my favorite of Kerry's books: a rip-roaring adrenaline rush from the first page to the last. You don't know who to believe as the story--and hot sex scenes--unfolds with red herrings and whip-lash twists and turns which, although unexpected, make perfect sense. I have no doubt there will be comparisons to GONE GIRL, especially given the characters' personalities, but the story is not quite what you think it ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wild read! I listened to the audio book and was engrossed from the beginning. It usually takes me three to four days to get through an audio book while I'm doing things around the house; however, I found myself sneaking away from my family and simply sitting and listening so that I could give it my undivided attention, and I finished it within a day and a half, which rarely happens.

The narration was great, and the puzzle was intricate. As I read, I kept wondering, "Why?" And then I knew--
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 24-ebooks
This fucked with my head in all the best ways! Oh, the suspense and the twists! Loved it!
Agnes (BookBubbe)
Ella Skye is a journalist for a magazine but when she is assigned to interview Nathan Donovan she didnt think things would become devastating to her. The story starts with her waking up in a hospital finding out she has lost her baby and having no recollection of ever being pregnant.

In order to unravel the mystery of her memory loss she backtracks to her interviews with Donovan only to find secrets that she never should have unfolded.

This book was one that I had a hard time putting down and stay
“Last Summer” by Kerry Lonsdale (pub 7/9) is suspenseful, captivating, shockingly twisty and holds the readers attention mercilessly. I love all of Kerry's books. And this one was no exception. A real page turner! I read it in a day which says something about it for sure. ...more
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Kerry Lonsdale is the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Amazon Charts & #1 Kindle bestselling author of standalone and series-based emotionally charged domestic drama with over twenty-seven foreign language translations. She lives in Northern California with her husband, college-aged kids, and two cats.

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