Book Review: The Summer I Drowned

cover-the summer I drownedTitle: The Summer I Drowned

Author: Taylor Hale

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars



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?


The Summer I Drowned by Taylor Hale was a captivating read from a new author, and I couldn’t be happier with my experience reading it. The book was well-written; the narrative was clean, easy to read, flowed well, and moved along at a good pace. The characters were fantastically complex and real in the way they were portrayed, down to the terrible decisions that teens sometimes made, and the misunderstandings that came between them. The romance was subtle but believable. The terror and suspense of the plot drove the story forward; an ever-present sour note that made me tense as I read on.
If you enjoy Young Adult Thrillers, Suspense, or Mysteries, I highly recommend you give this book a try. It was an absolutely striking debut novel.