e-ARC Review: Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale|A memory forgotten, and some dark secrets|

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

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 left her husband devastated and their home empty, Ella begins delving into her past when she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a retired celebrity adventurer who seems to know more about her than she does him. To unravel the mystery of her selective memory loss, Ella follows Nathan from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada to the frozen slopes of southeast Alaska. There she discovers the people she trusts most aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her—she’s hiding them from herself. Ella quickly learns that some truths are best left forgotten.

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Ella Skye, a lifestyle journalist finds herself amidst crisis when she wakes up in a hospital and has forgotten all about her pregnancy. She has selectively forgotten everything about her 5-month long pregnancy and along with it, the memories of one other person- Nathan Donovan.

As she adjusts with this new normal, she gets another opportunity to interview Nathan, a celebrity and an adrenaline junkie with a painful story and a solitary existence. Ella is also nursing an almost broken marriage and a husband who knows more about this past of hers than he is letting her know.

‘Last Summer’ is one of those thrillers you might predict but will want to continue reading. The writing is engaging and Ella (the journalist who would do anything to get her story including getting between the sheets with her client), Nathan (who is trying to find hope and love), and Damian (who just wants to protect his family and raise kids with his beautiful and ambitious wife) are characters you’ll come to either love or hate. Their individual journey as a character develops along with the plot, turning it into an intense and nail-biting read. The mystery unfolds slowly and then all at once, giving us very little time to collect our thoughts. The ending was equally satisfactory, leaving behind an air of dread and mystery.  It is also extremely atmospheric, and according to me, perfect for your weekend binge.

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*Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own*

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