Book Review: The Summer Party by Rebecca Heath

“A perfect family. A devastating secret.”

Published on 5th January 2023, The Summer Party by Rebecca Heath is set in the tranquil town of Queen’s Point in southern Australia and told over two timelines. In the summer of 2000, the Whitlam family mark the end of the season with a lavish party in their clifftop mansion. Here, clutching her first glass of real champagne, the summer breeze intoxicating on her skin, sixteen-year-old Lucy Ross is kissed for the very first time. And then, in the shadows of the rose garden, she sees something she shouldn’t.

In Winter 2019, after two decades of silence, Lucy is back in Queen’s Point. She hasn’t planned on staying long. But when human remains wash up on the freezing beach, the police close the town. Unable to leave, Lucy is forced to rekindle old friendships – and examine old truths – she has long ago tried to forget. As long-buried secrets start to surface, Lucy must decide. Will she confront the past and tell the truth? Or will she still do anything to protect the people she loves?

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