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The Heatwave is coming . . . This summer's perfect escapist read - a captivating story of a long-buried family secret.
In Provence, under a sweltering sun, Sylvie returns to the crumbling family home of La Reverie. In her hand is the letter that summoned her, and by her side is Emma, her youngest daughter.
Yet every corner of the house is haunted by the spectre of Elodie, her first child. Beautiful, manipulative Elodie, whose long-ago death the villagers still whisper about.
Sylvie has tried to put the past behind her. But like the spreading forest fires, memories of Elodie seem to be creeping ever closer.
Because there's a secret Sylvie has concealed about what happened to Elodie all those summers ago . . .
'Exquisite writing and a compelling story that will keep you up late into the night!' KATIE FFORDE, bestselling author of A Rose Petal Summer
'Pages humming with heat, secrets and suspense. I loved it' DINAH JEFFRIES, bestselling author of The Tea Planters Wife
'Welcome to Provence for a holiday stay you will not forget in a hurry!' 5***** Reader Review
'Sultry, atmospheric and unsettling - a book to lose yourself in this summer' ERIN KELLY, bestselling author of He Said She Said
'The only book you need this summer. Gripping, well-paced and full of thrills' 5***** reader review
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A tense psychological drama that brilliantly evokes its South of France setting. Terrific summer escapism
Sultry, atmospheric and unsettling - a book to lose yourself in this summer
Summer might be over, but this red-hot book will have you gripped!
I cannot stop thinking about The Heatwave. The writing and the atmosphere, the darkness, the beautiful French setting, the characters...Outstanding. An absolute page-turner
A sultry, gorgeously written and hugely atmospheric thriller with a dark, compelling mystery at its heart
I like a book that surprises me, and what I loved about this one is that I had no idea where it was headed. There is uneasiness filtering throughout, like a gentle flicker of heat set to turn into a full-blown fire
Tense and deliciously atmospheric, it unravels a mother-daughter relationship with a growing sense of menace.
Vivid descriptions of the French setting and a gloriously unsettling feeling that keeps on intensifying.
Evocative, compelling, intoxicating and - despite the scorching Provencal sun - utterly chilling. I loved it
A fiercely compelling, gorgeously atmospheric story of fierce, impossible love. It gets you into its grip and will not let go. The beautiful writing and rich understanding of a mother's scarred relationship with a long lost child add a unique power to the tense mystery. Haunting
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