How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Legend Press
When nineteen year old Davey finds himself drunk, beaten and alone, he is rescued by the oddly-assorted inhabitants of an abandoned and beautiful house in the West Country. Their only condition for letting him join them is that he asks them no questions.
More than thirty years ago in that same house, burned-out rock star Jack Laker writes a ground-breaking comeback album, and abandons the girl who saved his life to embark on a doomed and passionate romance with a young actress. His attempt to escape his destructive lifestyle leads to deceit, debauchery and even murder.
As Davey and his fellow housemate Priss try to uncover the secrets of the house’s inhabitants, both past and present, it becomes clear that the five strangers have all been drawn there by the events and the music of that long-ago summer.
I really liked the sound of this book, so I was thrilled when I was approved to read it. It didn’t take me long to get stuck into the story. Cassandra Parkin has a very appealing writing style.
The story is told through ‘then’ and ‘now’ which really works for me. It was a risk to take. I think you have to be very engaged in the story to keep track of what it is going on. Luckily for me, I found it incredibly easy to be completely gripped by the story. I think Cassandra has done a fantastic job throughout the story combining the past and the present.
The characters are interesting and complex. I particularly liked Davey and Priss. I liked how the reader was told the back story of the characters. I found Davey’s particularly heart-breaking and well developed. I felt like he was the most complete character. I cared for him a lot.
If I had to pick something that I didn’t like about the story, it would be the slang of the MSN conversations when learning about Priss’ back story. This is only a slight niggle, because I think the conversations were very true to the character of Priss. It worked, but for me, they made it very hard to read. I had to really concentrate on the slang to understand what they were saying.
Overall, I found The Summer We All Ran Away to be a promising, intriguing read. I’ll certainly be looking out for more from Cassandra Parkin.
Would I recommend it?
Cross My Heart- Carmen Reid