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The Last Summer

by Andree Michaud

Crime / Mystery Family Drama Thriller and Suspense

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A provocative, disturbing, yet oh so readable and gripping story set on the Canadian, US border in 1967. Two girls run wild during the summer holidays, then one disappears, altering, changing, and affecting lives forever more. This award winning novel has been translated from French, and was originally published in the UK as Boundary. The intriguing first few pages sets questions floating free, that aren’t immediately answered. Disquiet and agitation join hands, as the short chapters set a jagged timeline through the story. Andree A. Michaud encourages ghostly patterns to emerge, breathlessness follows as intense moments in time materialise before the story reaches them. My mind was in shock as new information hit, then settled as the words filled in the gaps. The Last Summer is fierce and penetrating, with an otherworldly feel, it is quite simply, a wonderfully fascinating read.  Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

The Last Summer Synopsis

It’s the summer of 1967. The sun shines brightly over Boundary lake, a holiday haven on the US-Canadian border. Families relax in the heat, happy and carefree. Hours tick away to the sound of radios playing ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’. Children run along the beach as the heady smell of barbecues fills the air. Zaza Mulligan and Sissy Morgan, with their long, tanned legs and silky hair, relish their growing reputation as the red and blond Lolitas. Life seems idyllic.

But then Zaza disappears, and the skies begin to cloud over…

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The Last Summer Press Reviews

'This book is incredible…a perfectly pitched slow-burn thriller’    - Sam Baker, The Pool

‘While it has an element of the whodunit, this lushly written, award-winning francophone novel is literary crimewriting in which the texture of period and place takes priority’  - Sunday Times

‘Brilliantly innovative in narrative and thrillingly readable… I am an instant and ardent fan of Andrée A. Michaud’   - Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner

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ISBN: 9781843447290
Publication date: 25/01/2018
Publisher: No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781843447290
Publication date: 25th January 2018
Author: Andree Michaud
Publisher: No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Andree Michaud

Andrée A Michaud is a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction (Le Ravissement in 2001 and Bondrée in 2014) and the recipient of the Arthur Ellis Award and the Prix Saint-Pacôme for best crime novel for Bondrée, as well as the 2006 Prix Ringuet for Mirror Lake (adapted for the big screen in 2013). As she has done since her very first novel, Michaud fashions an eminently personal work that never ceases to garner praise from critics and avid mystery readers alike. In 2010, her thriller Lazy Bird, set to the ...

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