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A cleverly written drama that takes us back and forth throughout the story.
I was sucked in straight away and read over a course of two sittings.
Keep them coming Nina Manning.
My thanks to netgalley and the publisher for my advanced copy.

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Rey Levine and her family went to Corsica for a holiday, and her 5 year old sister disappeared.
Fifteen years later, Rey is still feeling guilty about what happened, and blames herself. Her life is out of control, she is an out of work actress who is promiscuous and relies heavily on drugs and alcohol to get through life.
She is offered a role in which she has to swim in the sea, and she is terrified. She hasn't been in water to swim for fifteen years, blaming her sister's disappearance.

This is a slow burn novel which is well written and paced to reveal withheld memories.
Rey's pain and her guilt are easy to see and certain memories will lead the reader to believe one thing, but definitely point to something completely different in the end.
The book is written in two different timelines, but does not explain why Rey does not have much contact with her remaining sister.
I personally prefer black and white explanations of behaviour.
I get the point that sea swimming is linked to a bad memory, but we don't get an answer as to whether Rey managed to overcome that fear.

The book is basically about fractured families, and one can never shake off the past.

Thanks to Netgalley and Boldwood Books for the opportunity to read this book.

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Rey Levine is an actress, one who hasn’t worked in a long time. She’s broke and desperate when her agent calls with some good news - a film company wants Rey to star in their new movie, costarring with the popular actor, Dexter Rice. His huge fan base and her return to the screen could make this a real success…

Her excitement is tempered when she learns the role involves a lot of her swimming in the open ocean. She hasn’t been in the sea since her little sister disappeared 15 years ago. She HAS to do this movie though, before she becomes obscure forever. She starts training at a local gym, trying to get back into the water without panicking. Will she be able to do it?

Unfortunately, we don’t really find out. Rey heads to Scotland for the shoot, she finds out (a little bit of) what happened to her sister, and then that’s it. The book ended so abruptly, I had to make sure I didn’t miss something. The film was never finished (in the book), she never found out where her sister might be, and the reason she was scared of swimming in the sea was a little strange. We never even found out if she was able to successfully finish her sea scenes with no fear. This book was very well-written, but those things have me giving it only three stars.

(Thank you to Boldwood Books, Nina Manning and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my review. This book is slated to be released on May 30, 2024.)

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I was hooked right away with this book, it was a very thrilling and captivating read overall with a great build up of tension throughout.

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Love this author and was so excited to read her new novel…… This has an interesting cast of characters that carry the story along a nice pace and create depth to the story. Great plot and I found myself filling an afternoon reading this in one sitting as I found it so enjoyable. Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest , unbiased review. 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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📖Her Last Summer
📝Nina Manning
🗓️ 30 May 2024
✍️Boldwood Books

I like Nina Mannings book a lot. They’re easy to read and usually great page turners. I enjoyed her latest one a lot as well.
You always notice that she does a lot of research. Here you see the impact of trauma and Nina handles it beautifully.

Novels about the rich and famous are my kryptonite, especially when it also focuses on the darker sides of the game. But this is not (only) a book about trauma, it’s a fast paced thriller that makes you desperate to k ow what happens next!

Rey is traumatised if water. A tragic summer day is still haunting her. If she wants to get her career back on track, she has to take this new role. It involves swimming in the water. The summer is catching up with her again. Can she survive?

⭐️Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my advanced copy. All opinions are my own, I was under no obligation to review.

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Thank you to Netgallery and the publisher for this ARC. The publication date is the 30th May. This book had an explosive plot with suspenseful twists and turns that kept me gripped to my kindle. It was pacy with many nail- biting moments throughout that kept me on my toes!

I loved and would highly recommend everyone read this book just in time for summer! Nina Manning does it again with another addictive book. My favourite character was Rey.

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I was intrigued by this story, but not enough to keep my focus. I couldn’t stick with it for the entirety of the book. I do love a good book that flips back and forth through present and past

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Her Last Summer is cleverly written and pulls you right in immediately. Nina Manning does a nice job of going back and fourth between the past and present so that the reader gets a clear picture of the traumatic events that transpired.

This book is definitely a page turner and will keep you guessing until the very end.

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Rey has not felt the same about swimming since her sister disappeared while on vacation years ago. When she is given a new role, she is scared when she finds out she must be able to swim. In the meantime, her other sister comes forward with a newspaper article and new information. The book goes between now and the vacation in which Franny disappears. When Scarlett approaches Rey and spills all she knows, Rey finally understands it's not her fault her sister went missing. The ending was not what I expected at all. Rey feels much better about swimming once she knows the truth.

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actress rey levine opens the book by talking about her experiences struggling in the industry and dealing with the loss of her sister which is supposedly her fault …..

the writer has clearly researched how trauma can truly change a person. the writing is so powerful and accurate, a lot of people will be able to relate to rey.

from the get go the book hooks you in. as the plot unravels, the book swerves through the past as well as the present so you cannot help but get invested in rey’s story.

the story shows the prices of fame, how the paparazzi can haunt a person, how family generational trauma can linger and how trauma can truly take a hold on someone.

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Thank you @netgalley and @boldbookclub for the eARC of Her Last Summer by @ninamanningauthor in exchange for an honest review

📖📖 Book Review 📖📖 Rey has the opportunity for her big comeback when she is offered a dream role…the dilemma lies in the need for her to get back in the water for the first time in fifteen years. Trauma and grief can do a number on our psyche and Rey knows this all too well. A summer day gone horribly wrong haunts her and even when she gets back in the water to film this movie, she cannot escape from the memories and guilt from the past. Her Last Summer is beautifully written and fluctuates between the present and that fateful summer, providing an absolutely gripping read! This book will have you turning pages and wondering if we can move on when we hold so many secrets and regret deep inside?


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