The Summer Girl by Jenny Blackhurst

June 24, 2023

Wow is all I can say about this one! The Summer Girl by Jenny Blackhurst is a thriller that sticks with you! With witty characters like that of Lucy Score and a plot twist rivaling Frieda McFadden, it was hard to put down this brilliantly written book! The book hangover is real with this binge-worthy book! I’m still speechless. 100000% recommend it!

"She kissed him back without thinking, without overanalzing or trying to decide if it was the right thing, and before she knew it, she was lost in him, in the smell of him, the warmth of him, the feel of him. She was drowning, and there was no pulling her to safety."

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The Summer Girl Overviwew

TITLE – The Summer GIrl
AUTHOR – Jenny Blackhurst
RELEASE DATE – July 13, 2023
GENRE – Thriller
SUBGENRE – Psychological Thriller
SEASON – Summer
SETTING – Small Town

The Summer Girl Summary

After her mother’s death, Holly decided to live her life to the fullest, spending a summer away from her home in England and relocating to the small seaside town of Martha’s Vineyard, USA. However, after not answering her phone or posting on social media for a prolonged period, her cousin, Jess, became so worried that she sought the help of Holly’s sister, Claire. Initially hesitant to worry, Claire insisted Holly was a typical 22-year-old sleeping off a hangover after boundless beach parties and bottomless booze. Still, when days passed, and the local police department didn’t seem to take the situation seriously, Claire took it upon herself to travel to Holly’s temporary home and investigate for herself.


The tranquil, welcoming island of Martha’s Vineyard brought Claire comfort as she placed together the pieces of her sister’s disappearance but also proved how close-knit small towns can be. Who is protecting whom? Who knows the truth? And who can be trusted?

The Summer Girl Rating

The Summer Girl Review

It has been a long time since I read a thriller I couldn’t put down, but The Summer Girl by Jenny Blackhurst succeeded wildly! This book is a fast-paced psychological thriller that sincerely springs to life through the setting. Blackhurst does a phenomenal job at bringing the reader into the warm ocean breeze of Martha’s Vineyard. You genuinely feel like you are right there alongside Claire.


The characters are also robust and well-developed, and I enjoyed how the dual POV and nonlinear timeline enhanced the text. The style of dual POV was a little different (1st/3rd), but it worked well and gave the reader a great insight into the characters’ thoughts and feelings. Claire gave me major Lucy Score vibes via her wittiness and humor; I loved every second of her personality! The way the characters engaged with each other and were unpredictable at times kept me hanging onto my seat. I was genuinely shocked by this plot twist! The ending, though we are hinted toward in the Prologue, left me with my jaw dropped! I recommend The Summer Girl by Jenny Blackhurst to any reader who enjoys a fantastic thriller novel. 


I am so thankful to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC copy of The Summer Girl in exchange for my unbiased and honest review!


I’m a margarita-mixing, kitten-rescuing, plant-hoarding, pumpkin-spice-everything-obsessed, homeschooling book lover. You can pretty much always find me in my favorite chair, under my cozy knit blanket, with a good book.


2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
Amity has read 46 books toward their goal of 100 books.



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