'A sultry, gorgeously written and hugely atmospheric thriller with a dark, compelling mystery at its heart' LUCY FOLEY, bestselling author of The Hunting Party
'This book took me to France from the comfort of my garden. I devoured it in 24 hours' 5***** reader review
Elodie was beautiful. Elodie was smart. Elodie was troubled. Elodie is dead.
Sylvie hasn't been back to her crumbling French family home in years. Not since the death of her eldest daughter Elodie.
Every corner of the old house feels haunted by memories of her - memories she has tried to forget.
But as temperatures rise, and forest fires rage through the French countryside, a long-buried family secret is about to come to light.
Because there's something Sylvie's been hiding about what really happened to Elodie that summer.
And it could change everything.
'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
'Chilling, addictive and had me on the edge of my seat' 5***** Reader Review
'Welcome to Provence for a holiday stay you will not forget in a hurry!' 5***** Reader Review
Praise for Kate Riordan
'Rich and atmospheric' RACHEL HORE
'The perfect summer read' RACHEL RHYS
'Had me absolutely gripped' LOUISE CANDLISH
Sultry, atmospheric and unsettling - a book to lose yourself in this summer
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
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
A clever, compelling story. I loved it so much. Such beautiful writing and an atmosphere that builds in tension until its explosive end. This will be everyone's summer read.
Kate is at the height of her storytelling powers in this dark tale of a mother's love for her child at any cost. The heat soaked through every page. Lyrical and edgy, it bridges the gap between the literary and the hottest of summer reads with ease
Intriguing characters, haunting descriptions, and pages humming with heat, secrets and suspense. I loved it