"Stand by Me" meets "True Detective" in this stunningly written tale of the darkness at the heart of a small mid-Western town and the four kids who uncover it. In the heatwave summer of 1971, four kids find a body by a lake and set out to solve a murder, but they dig too deep and ask too many questions. Larson is a town reeling in the wake of the Vietnam draft, where the unrelenting heat ruins the harvest, and the people teeter on the edge of ruin. As tension and paranoia run rife, rumors become fact, violence becomes reflex. The unrest allows the dark elements of the close-knit farming community to rise and take control, and John, Jenny, Gloria, and Rudy are about to discover that sometimes secrets are best left uncovered....
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Bitter Sun Reviews
Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down.
Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found by the children.
Like a car crash in slow motion you know something is bad in the town, each year sees the children's home life become worse. Indeed his sister Jenny is under the impression their mother will kill her ...more
Knowing the truth has weighty consequences for the four protagonists of Bitter Sun, born and raised in a close-knit community in mid-West America where silence and complicity are the bread of everyday life.
The crime around which the novel is build functions like a boomerang: four children investigate a crime that no one cares about, and end up being the hunted.
Bitter Sun is narrated by John who recounts how in the summer of 1971, he, his sister and their two best friends found the body of a mu ...more
This book has broken me so I can't review it now.
Nearer publication I will but I'll probably still be sobbing slightly. Best book I've read this year by a clear mile. Easily in contention for my no 1 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it.
I'm going to lie down now and have another good cry. Beautiful writing. Heart wrenching stuff.
An intelligently written, beautifully impactful character-driven novel from the viewpoint of a child. I felt the middle sagged and did not hold my attention, but the final part ratcheted up a gear and from then on I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.