The Zoella Book Club: Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

The Zoella Book Club: Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

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Lying About Last Summer – Sue Wallman

Skye is looking for an escape from the reality of last summer when her sister died in a tragic accident. Her parents think that a camp for troubled teenagers might help her process her grief.

All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but is bringing them together such a good idea? And can everyone at camp be trusted?

When Skye starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she knows it’s time to confront the past. But what if the danger is right in front of her?

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Skye’s sister Luisa is killed in a confrontation with a man in their family garden while Skye hides in the poolside changing room. Luisa said to not come out until it’s over, but when Skye does emerge she finds Luisa face down and lifeless in the pool. Traumatised and wracked with guilt, the next summer Skye attends an activity and adventure camp with a programme for bereaved teens. A chance to get away from her overprotective family, Skye goes in with an open mind and makes tentative friendships with her roommates Fay and Danielle and fellow campmates Joe and Brandon. But then Skye receives a message on a passcode protected chat group from Luisa. No one apart from Luisa should be able to access that chat group. So is her dead sister talking to her from the other side, or is someone at the camp playing a nasty trick on her?

A tense and gripping mystery, this story will hook you in with compelling characters and an instantly intriguing narrator. Getting to know Skye’s fellow campers offers a fun start to the plot, but when Skye receives a message from Luisa everyone suddenly becomes a suspect and this book becomes impossible to put down. Grief, suicide, murder, bullying and death are key themes for the bereaved campers, and although there’s some violence it is not graphic.

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Lying About Last Summer Events

We have some truly exciting online events lined up for the Zoella Book Club to encourage readers to discuss the books with fellow readers and with the authors themselves! You can talk about your favourite characters, discuss your favourite scenes, share your own experiences related to the books and ask any burning questions you have since turning the last page. Don’t miss out on the chance to meet like-minded readers and ask your unanswered questions.

Sue Wallman Biography

Sue Wallman

Sue Wallman is a former magazine journalist who grew up on the south coast of England and now lives near Kingston-upon-Thames.

Her debut book, Lying About Last Summer, was published in May. She’s a previous winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter Award, a writer in residence at Kingston Writing School, attached to Kingston University, and an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has a Publishing and English degree from Oxford Brookes University.

In her twenties she lived in Paris and worked as an editorial assistant for The International Herald Tribune.

She met her husband while travelling in South America and they have three teenage daughters.

She likes swimming, eavesdropping and watching First Dates.

Her next book, See How They Lie, will be published in March 2017.

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