What Dies in Summer [NOOK Book]

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“A beautifully written and deeply engaging study of loss and innocence, suffused with chilling dread. A haunting novel, a captivating debut; I loved it.”—S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep


“I did what I did, and that’s on me.” From that tantalizing first sentence, Tom Wright sweeps us up in a tale of lost innocence. Jim has a touch of the Sight. It’s nothing too spooky and generally useless, at least until the summer his cousin L.A. moves in with him and their ...

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Overview

“A beautifully written and deeply engaging study of loss and innocence, suffused with chilling dread. A haunting novel, a captivating debut; I loved it.”—S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep


“I did what I did, and that’s on me.” From that tantalizing first sentence, Tom Wright sweeps us up in a tale of lost innocence. Jim has a touch of the Sight. It’s nothing too spooky and generally useless, at least until the summer his cousin L.A. moves in with him and their grandmother. When Jim and L.A. discover the body of a girl, brutally raped and murdered in a field, an investigation begins that will put both their lives in danger. In the spirit of The Lovely Bones and The Little Friend, What Dies in Summer is a novel that casts its spell on the very first page and leaves an indelible mark.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A fatherless boy who has “a touch of the Sight” teams up with his only cousin to find a killer in Wright’s seductively suspenseful coming-of-age novel. Teenager James Beaudry lives in Texas with his sage Gram, who has raised him with a stern hand and warm heart. All is bucolic until cousin Lee Ann (“L.A.”) arrives, shaken by some domestic trauma. Just as L.A. warms to life at Gram’s, James has a vision of a dead girl, a vision eerily confirmed when he and L.A. discover the brutalized body of a local girl. Soon James and L.A. discover that someone has been snooping in their house, and that the dead girl they found was just one of a string of murders. Their sleuthing is aided by James’s continued visions of dead girls who impart a cryptic message that could place L.A. in harm’s way. Wright, a practicing psychologist, expertly weaves together a literary tapestry of self-discovery, brutal sadistic violence, custodial battles, and tender, burgeoning sexuality, leaving readers spellbound by a story that delivers on several levels. The author’s impressive, multitiered storytelling talents are on brilliant display in this entrancing, impressive debut. Agent: Victoria Hobbs, A.M. Heath, U.K. (June)
Booklist
Starred review. ...Even with its hints of southern gothic and mysticism, this coming-of-age novel keeps its solidly quotidian background. An unusually accomplished and evocative debut, in which what dies is innocence.
The Daily Mail (UK)
[What Dies in Summer] builds upon the framework of the conventional modern thriller to fashion something that is much, much more… Beautifully written… this raw, powerful story, with its undertow of dread, heralds the arrival of a major new writer.
The Guardian (UK)
A coming-of-age drama with shades of Stand By Me… a moving exploration of the vulnerability of youth, and of tangled family relationships.
The Sunday Times (UK)
Practically flawless.
The Times (UK)
Elegantly written… an unsettling novel about the loss of innocence.
Julie Meyerson - New York Times Book Review
“...this accomplished... novel is... a mix of the fey, the fairy tale... and the unspeakably grim.”
New York Times Book Review
...this accomplished... novel is... a mix of the fey, the fairy tale... and the unspeakably grim.— Julie Meyerson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393084276
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 210,677
  • File size: 827 KB

Meet the Author

Tom Wright
Tom Wright is a practicing psychologist and received his doctorate from Texas A&M University. This is his first book. He lives in Texarkana, Texas.
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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    I usually don't like to read novels that have so much child abus

    I usually don't like to read novels that have so much child abuse in them, but the characters in this novel come to life and draw you into each of their stories. You find yourself knowing what must have happened long before it is revealed in the book, but you still find yourself pulling for this cast of characters. This novel brings hope to life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

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    What Dies in Summer By Tom Wright Jim Beaudry is a teenage boy

    What Dies in Summer
    By Tom Wright

    Jim Beaudry is a teenage boy whose dreams are haunted by a young woman, a dead young woman. One day Jim and his cousin L.A. stumble upon the dead body of the girl that has been haunting Jim’s dreams she had been brutally raped and murdered. Over the course of one summer these teenagers who have been through so much in their short lives find out that there is more hell that they must eventually endure.

    Tom Wright creates two characters whose lives are so troubled that you cannot help but feel for them and hope that they will be able to pull through this new situation and hopefully find a better life in the end. But this is not all, the author creates a world you can envision easily, his scenes are flawless in there execution pulling you into the moment and even though there is a touch of supernatural it is subtle making it all the more believable. I am not sure who I would recommend this book to, it is a brilliant blend of horror and mystery with touches of romance and young adult, and you will either love it or hate it. As for me I enjoyed it immensely.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Good First Book-Worth the read

    Very interesting and good read. Nice first book. Looking forward to more from thie author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Great debut novel. I read this in two sittings (had to eat...).

    Great debut novel. I read this in two sittings (had to eat...). A marvelous Southern tale.

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    Posted July 4, 2012

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