That Summer He Died

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Review of That Summer He Died

“James has to revisit a past he has tried to bury and contact people he has tried to forget. There are hints of what might have happened and what might turn out to be but as with any good crime novel it keeps you guessing until the end. However, there are juicy secrets that are dropped open throughout so you never have a chance to get bored by the build up. The story reads vividly due to the excellent characterisation, individual character voice identity and descriptive location setting. You never feel like you lose James as a character, which can sometimes happen to pieces set over different time periods as he has been developed so deeply. The secondary characters have been carefully picked by Emlyn to serve an actual purpose in the story and they all in turn play their part in the big reveal. The flashbacks scenes are well-executed and match the pace of present day well, however due to the nature of the story I did find myself more engrossed in the flashbacks. If you guess the entire ending before it is revealed I would be very surprised, it’s clever and not something I saw coming.”

via The Next Big Book.

About Emlyn Rees

Copywriter, crime writer, comedy writer and editor. We're Going on a Bar Hunt, The Very Hungover Caterpillar, The Teenager Who Came to Tea, The Fight Before Christmas, Come Together, Shabby, Hunted, Wanted, Switch It Off! and Shabby - A Very British Lifestyle, out now.
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