Book Review | Shadows of Summer
Author: Crescent Varrone
Shadows of Summer is a fascinating, unique, intense novel. It tells its story in multiple “voices,” from the perspective of different characters in the book. Initially I thought it was a clever technique but wondered how it would ever flow in a cohesive, smooth manner. There was no need to worry about that, because it actually added to the “flavor” of the book.
The story itself is intriguing and quite appealing — a couple moves into a charming Copenhagen home and embarks on their new life in Europe. That would be an enticing enough storyline for me…but there’s more. There are conflicts and unresolved issues…and maybe, just maybe, an unsettled spirit in their new home.
Is the house haunted? Are there other explanations — rational ones that don’t involve the spirit world? As you read Shadows of Summer (which was inspired by actual events, by the way), you’ll find yourself questioning precisely what is going on. What you won’t question, though, is how compelling this story is, how skillfully written it is, and how you relish every word.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*