The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond – Book Review

The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond – Book Review



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 thirty 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…



Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond is a psychological thriller which will make you think……how many of your friends have you lost touch with….do you wonder how some people just seem to drop off the earth? Well this has one reason !!!!

Sera’s husband died and so she decides to return to her hometown, with her daughter. 30 years previously her friend Dee and her brother Leo disappeared, but then they suddenly return with no explanation as to where they have been or why…

I found this to be a twisty thriller,  with so many questions….what was Dee hiding? Why did she seem so different? And why return now?

Dark and full of tension and marvellously descriptive writing, so you can feel the suspense seeping off the pages….brilliant and a perfect summer read.

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here




Ella Drummond recently signed a two-book deal with Hera Books. Her first psychological thriller, My Last Lie is out now and The Darkest Summer will be out on 18 July 2019 and is available for pre-order.

She lives with her husband on the island of Jersey and you can follow her on Twitter @drummondella1 and Facebook  : 

3 responses to “The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond – Book Review”

  1. Thank you so much for taking part in the blog tour for The Darkest Summer and for your amazing review! I’m thrilled you enjoyed my book.

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