Saturday 1 June 2024

BLOG TOUR: Her Last Summer - Nina Manning

I had vowed I would never get back into the water, but of course, this was always going to be the outcome. I never really had a choice.

When out of work actress Rey Levine is offered her dream acting role, she knows she has to make it work. But there’s a catch: the film calls for Rey to swim, something she hasn't done since her last fateful summer holiday fifteen years ago. The summer her sister disappeared…and everyone blamed Rey.

Rey will do anything to block out the painful memories, but it means her current life is in freefall – drink and men her drugs of choice.

With her first dip in the cool water, Rey thinks she’s found the perfect escape. But as the water holds her, old memories float to the surface, forcing Rey to remember the terrible summer she’d rather forget.

But someone doesn't want the truth to surface. Not now, not ever... And they're prepared to ruin Rey's life all over again.

What did I think?

Her Last Summer is Nina Manning's tenth book but it's the first of her novels that I have read and I really enjoyed it.  

Rey is filled with guilt after her little sister disappeared whilst her family was on holiday.  Rey was just a child herself so it really wasn't her fault but her family still blamed her and the whole devastating event shattered her family into a million pieces.  Rey is now an actress, which is unsurprising as the last person she wants to be is herself.

It is so heartbreaking to see how one event in their past can shape a person's whole life.  Rey is searching for oblivion so she doesn't have to remember her past but the memories start resurfacing as soon as Rey steps foot in the pool.  Rey holds the key to what happened to her sister but someone else knows too and they'll do anything to stop her as they follow her from London to the Scottish Highlands.  Yikes!

Her Last Summer is tense, disturbing and a little creepy with a dark family secret at its heart.  I shall definitely be reading more of Nina Manning's books after enjoying this one so much.

I received a digital ARC to read and review for the blog tour and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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About the author:

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. The Daughter in Law is her debut psychological thriller and since then Nina has gone on to write 9 more books including: The Guilty Wife published in March 2020, The House Mate published in October 2020.The Bridesmaid published May 2021 and Queen Bee in January 2022. She has also written two 'mum-lit' fiction books: The 3 am shattered mums' club and the 6 pm frazzled mums' club. Her tenth book, Her Last Summer, another thriller, is published in May 2024.

Nina currently lives in The Highlands in Scotland with her family.

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