FICTION

Hello, Summer

St. Martin’s. May 2020. 480p. ISBN 9781250256928. $28.99. F
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After Conley Hawkins’s amazing newspaper job in Washington, DC, dries up, she returns to her hometown of Silver Bay, FL, to crash with her grandmother Lorraine. When Lorraine suggests that Conley write for their family newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, Conley doesn’t exactly jump at the chance, having never gotten along with the editor, her sister Grayson. But when local congressman, war hero, and family man Charles Robinettee dies in a one-car crash, Conley is assigned to cover the incident. Grayson asks Conley to write a puff piece and stick to the popular story floating around the small community. Conley, adhering to her motto of “turning over rocks and kicking up dirt,” finds discrepancies in Charles’s crystal-clear past that leads her closer to a major scandal, putting her at odds with his influential, scummy son and under the scrutiny of small-town residents.
VERDICT Though not your typical beach read, this latest from Andrews (Sunset Beach) crafts a suspenseful small-town story that keeps the pages turning. It has a bit of everything: mystery, dodgy characters, a little romance, and family drama. Recommended for most collections. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]

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