It’s not often that a crime novel brings you to tears, but the effortless elegance of Michaud’s thoughtful literary thriller did just that.
The Last Summer exposes more about the beauty and the brute of human nature than seems possible in a book of its size.
As heart-racing as it is heart-breaking, this is an essential read for those who like their crime with a little more depth.
It’s the Summer of 1967. The sun shines brightly over Boundary Pond, a holiday haven on the US-Canadian border. Families relax in the heat, happy and carefree. Hours tick away to the sound of radios playing ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’. Children run along the beach as the heady smell of barbecues fills the air.
Zaza Mulligan and Sissy Morgan, with their long, tanned legs and silky hair, relish their growing reputation as the red and blonde Lolitas. Life seems idyllic.
But then Zaza disappears, and the skies begin to cloud over…