Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Summer I Drowned by Taylor Hale – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:  26 May 2020

Format: e-ARC

Pages: 336

Publisher: Watttpad Books



The past always resurfaces…

Five years after almost drowning, Olivia Cathart returns home to Caldwell Beach determined to face her fears and take some risks―not just by swimming, but by opening her heart. Hoping to rekindle her friendships, she’s excited about a carefree summer with her best friends Keely and Miles. But life in the sleepy town has changed, and no one and nothing is as it seems.

When a series of startling crimes threaten Olivia’s fragile state, she is plunged into a terrifying game of cat and mouse. Her only solace from the chaos is West, Miles’s disowned and ruggedly handsome brother, but even he can’t answer the question on everyone’s minds―is Olivia really in danger or is it simply all in her head?





Thank you so much to Wattpad Books for providing me with a copy of the Summer I Drowned, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!


It’s been five years since Olivia left her home town, where she almost drowned.  Five years of therapy and the hope that returning to the place it happened might give her some closure. But when she arrives, her childhood friends seem to have changed so much more than she imagined, and she’s worried she might have made a mistake. One of her best friends is drinking heavily, another is acting strangely and she feels as though she doesn’t really know them anymore.  As she tries to fit back in to her friendship circle, she finds herself drawn toward West, her old friend’s brother.  The one who never said goodbye when she left the first time.

Olivia thought facing the water would be her biggest fear, but there might be an even larger threat than she anticipated.

This YA mystery was thrilling and a perfect book to escape to while my mind was having trouble focusing on fantasy books.  There were some brilliant twists and Olivia’s struggles with PTSD and anxiety were realistically described.  I found myself so undecided about who to trust the whole way through and I absolutely did not guess the ending!

If you’re looking for an easy to read thriller that will keep you guessing, I’d recommend adding The Summer I Drowned to your TBR!





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