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Publisher's Summary

It all started when we found the body.

Then nothing was ever the same.

The Dry meets Stand by Me and True Detective in this stunningly written tale of the darkness at the heart of a small Midwestern town and the four kids who uncover it.

In the heat-wave summer of 1971, four kids find a body by a lake and set out to solve a murder. But they dig too deep and ask too many questions.

Larson is a town reeling in the wake of the Vietnam draft, where the unrelenting heat ruins the harvest and the people teeter on the edge of ruin.

As tension and paranoia run rife, rumours become fact, violence becomes reflex. The unrest allows the dark elements of the close-knit farming community to rise and take control.

And John, Jenny, Gloria and Rudy are about to discover that sometimes secrets are best left uncovered....

©2018 Beth Lewis (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Beating with a dark, menacing heart, Bitter Sun is sure to delight readers of Stephen King and Jim Thompson. Lewis's writing is like taking a punch to the gut - evocative, visceral and wholly uncompromising. She is, undoubtedly, one the finest new writers around." (G X Todd)

"The protagonist is one of the strongest females that I’ve read...For a fast and adventurous book, with unusual characters, this will be a good summer read for you." (Robin Hobb)

"Arresting...Lewis takes the reader on an odyssey that highlights the striking wilderness landscape and Elka's grit." (Publishers Weekly)

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