Continuing my summer beach read life, I read another one I saw floating around the internet.

This one was more interesting than the other one, but let’s read the synopsis first (and soon I’ll start writing these myself because I need to practice that a little bit).

“Bad Summer People” Synopsis

From Amazon:

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF SUMMER 2023: Bustle, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, PopSugar, Bloomberg, Vogue, and more!

None of them would claim to be a particularly good person. But who among them is actually capable of murder?

Jen Weinstein and Lauren Parker rule the town of Salcombe, Fire Island every summer. They hold sway on the beach and the tennis court, and are adept at manipulating people to get what they want. Their husbands, Sam and Jason, have summered together on the island since childhood, despite lifelong grudges and numerous secrets. Their one single friend, Rachel Woolf, is looking to meet her match, whether he’s the tennis pro—or someone else’s husband. But even with plenty to gossip about, this season starts out as quietly as any other.

Until a body is discovered, face down, off the side of the boardwalk.

Stylish, subversive, and darkly comedic, this is a story of what’s lurking under the surface of picture-perfect lives in a place where everyone has something to hide.

My Thoughts…

Ok, I liked this one better than “Same Time Next Summer

The end was a plot twist, and I had to relisten to it because I thought I missed something. You get several options for the body and the murderer, so you don’t know all the details until the very last page. To be honest, I almost didn’t finish it because I thought it was basically over, but there was still one more twist!

I would read more by Emma Rosenblum, and I just love reading stories that feel a little like Gossip Girl.

As someone who grew up in a lake community, I understand the summer people vibes… although ours were usually pretty friendly, and no murderers as far as I know. Reading stories like this can be nostalgic for that reason.

I’m trying to get better at sharing how I feel about the books without giving any spoilers! It’s hard to do! Especially since I’m listening to the books. If I was reading a hard-copy, I would have highlights and flags or something so that I could share favorite quotes. Maybe next time!

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