MYSTERY

Speaking of Summer

Counterpoint. Jul. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781640091917. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781640091924. THRILLER
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It’s been months since Autumn Spencer’s twin sister, Summer, disappeared from the roof of their Harlem brownstone without a trace. Frustrated with what she sees as a lack of interest in her sister’s case and worried that Summer will become another statistic, Autumn launches a one-woman crusade to figure out what happened. As she searches for Summer, Autumn fixates on news of a local serial killer and other stories of black women forgotten and abused, and her life quickly spirals out of control. Before long, the obsession is taking over, and she starts sleeping in her sister’s bed and with her sister’s boyfriend. The situation forces Autumn to confront uncomfortable truths until one day the reality of Summer’s disappearance nearly crushes her. Broken into four seasons, the narrative begins in winter and is a slow build. Buckhanon’s (Upstate) tale hits its stride sometime during the spring and doesn’t slow down until the fall wrap-up. There is a frenetic and abstract quality to the writing, but it matches the state of mind of the unreliable narrator.
VERDICT Readers looking for contemporary suspense with a social justice twist will appreciate the storytelling.

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