The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly
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Kelly skillfully builds almost unbearable tension, slipping in plenty of dark laughs en route to a wrenching climax that leaves in its wake some painfully unresolved questions—just like life.
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“A witty, suspenseful tale of murder, marital conflict and agonizing secrets. . . . The exuberant story is transporting and delicious, a worthy summer read.”—People


The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the best-selling author of Apologize, Apologize!, introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve-year-old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor-sharp wife, Greer. It’s 1972, and Riddle’s father is running for office from the family compound in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Between Camp’s desire to toughen her up and Greer’s demand for glamour, Riddle has her hands full juggling her eccentric parents. When she accidentally witnesses a crime close to home, her confusion and fear keep her silent. As the summer unfolds, the consequences of her silence multiply. Another mysterious and powerful family, the Devlins, slowly emerges as the keepers of astonishing secrets that could shatter the Camperdowns. As an old love triangle, bitter war wounds, and the struggle for status spiral out of control, Riddle can only watch, hoping for the courage to reveal the truth. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is poised to become the summer’s uproarious and dramatic must-read.
 

About Elizabeth Kelly

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Elizabeth Kelly is the best-selling author of the novel Apologize, Apologize! and is an award-winning journalist. She lives in Merrickville, Ontario, with her husband, five dogs, and three cats.
 
Published June 3, 2013 by Liveright. 401 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Feb 18 2013

Kelly skillfully builds almost unbearable tension, slipping in plenty of dark laughs en route to a wrenching climax that leaves in its wake some painfully unresolved questions—just like life.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Stevie Godson on Jun 03 2013

All-in-all, it’s the print equivalent of an angel food cake: fancifully described, pretty on the outside, ultimately unsatisfying.

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Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Jul 12 2013

...Kelly, clearly at a loss for how to wrap up, starts methodically offing her characters. Whether this is supposed to be funny or tragic I was well past caring about. My own feeling was one of straightforward unambiguousness: relief it was all over.

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Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Jul 12 2013

After the source of Gula’s malevolence is finally revealed, Kelly, clearly at a loss for how to wrap up, starts methodically offing her characters. Whether this is supposed to be funny or tragic I was well past caring about. My own feeling was one of straightforward unambiguousness: relief it was all over.

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