The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
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As the story boils over into never fully explained cult craziness, emotion-exploiting self-harm and a quite ridiculous body count, the silliness becomes all-encompassing.
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Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere - a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he's welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he's a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

 

About Tiffany McDaniel

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TIFFANY MCDANIEL's writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of Ohio, where she lives. The Summer That Melted Everything is her first novel.
 
Published July 26, 2016 by St. Martin's Press. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Aug 11 2017

A startlingly rich imagination shouts its glorious arrival in this overwhelming narrative of sin, redemption, love and death.

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Reviewed by Sam Jordison on Sep 14 2016

As the story boils over into never fully explained cult craziness, emotion-exploiting self-harm and a quite ridiculous body count, the silliness becomes all-encompassing.

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