Today is my stop on the blog tour for Summer of Reckoning by Marion Brunet, thank you to Anne from Random Things Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part & to Bitter Lemon Press for my copy.
Synopsis: A psychological thriller set in the Luberon, a French region that evokes holidays in magnificent pool-adorned villas. For those who live there year-round, it often means stifling poverty and boredom. Sixteen-year-old Céline and her sister Jo, fifteen, dream of escaping to somewhere far from their daily routine, far from their surly, alcoholic father and uncaring mother, both struggling to make ends meet. That summer Celine falls pregnant, devastating news that reopens deep family wounds. Those of the mother Severine whose adolescence was destroyed by her early pregnancy and subsequent marriage with Manuel. Those of the father Manuel, grandson of Spanish immigrants, who takes refuge in alcoholism to escape the open disdain of his in-laws. Faced with Celine’s refusal to name the father of her child, Manuel needs a guilty party and Saïd, a friend of the girls from an Arab family, fits Manuel’s bigoted racial stereotype. In the suffocating heat of summer he embarks on a drunken mission of revenge.
My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧🐧
My Thoughts: The synopsis for this says that it’s a psychological thriller but to me it felt like more of a contemporary crime story with a little bit of mystery.
Please don’t see this as a bad thing because I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I read it in one sitting I was gripped and couldn’t put it down!
The story follows 16 year old Celine & it opens with her parents finding out she’s pregnant and being furious with her because she won’t tell them who the father is.
The main crux and mystery of the story is exactly that, there are hints made to who the father is, but with us being introduced to a few male characters and really it could be any of them.
We also follow Celine’s younger sister Johanna who sometimes gets overlooked due to al the attention being on her older sister, but it turns out Jo isn’t as innocent as the family believe.
There are strong themes of violence and racism that are sometimes hard to read but are integral to the story.
I would definitely recommend this book, I feel it covers a lot of important topics in a really impactful way.