The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond / #Review @HeraBooks @drummondella1

One hot summer, Dee disappeared. Now she’s back…but she’s not the girl you knew.

Sera and Dee were the best of friends.

Until the day that Dee and her brother Leo vanished from Sera’s life, during a long hot summer fifteen years ago.

Now Sera is an adult, with her own child, five-year-old Katie, and has returned to her childhood home after her husband’s death.

While she grieves, the past haunts Sera at every turn … and then Dee and Leo return to their small Hampshire village, along with Dee’s young daughter.

But Dee is silent and haunted by her demons; no longer the fun-loving girl that Sera loved. And when Sera uncovers the shocking secret that Dee is hiding, it’s clear that the girl she knew is long gone – and that the adult she has grown into might put all of them in danger…




I have never read a book by this author before, so I did not know what to expect. This is always a bit exiting. A bit like diving into the deep end. 

I like that though. Was I on the verge to gain a new best ‘friend’ or were we going to be like two ships sailing in the night passing each other by, never to see one another again?

I immediately loved the author’s writing style. It was very inviting and more like a friend telling me a story and not like me reading a book. 

Sera is a lovely character. She still is suffering, not only from the fact that her bestie vanished years ago, but she is also still dealing with her husband’s death. She tries to build a new life for herself and her young daughter with the help of her mum.

But miracles do happen and Sera is reunited with her childhood friend Dee. There is one small problem though. Who is this person? She looks like Dee. She is Dee, but she has lost her bubbliness. She is a shell of the girl she used to be.

Sera is determined to find out what has happened. Secrets are revealed. A lot of them…

I utterly enjoyed this story where we travelled between the present and the past. It was an easy read. I just would have loved a small epilogue maybe. I wondered what happened to 2 characters.

Great book. Great storytelling. 5 stars.

Thank you


About the author

Ella Drummond writes psychological thrillers published by Hera Books.


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Twitter: @drummondella1



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