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Set on Cape Cod during one tumultuous summer, Elizabeth Kelly’s gothic family story will delight readers of The Family Fang and The Giant’s House.

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the bestselling author of Apologize, Apologize!, introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve-year-old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor-sharp wife, Greer. It’s 1972, and Riddle’s father is running for office from the family compound in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Between Camp’s desire to toughen her up and Greer’s demand for glamour, Riddle has her hands full juggling her eccentric parents. When she accidentally witnesses a crime close to home, her confusion and fear keep her silent. As the summer unfolds, the consequences of her silence multiply. Another mysterious and powerful family, the Devlins, slowly emerges as the keeper of astonishing secrets that could shatter the Camperdowns. As an old love triangle, bitter war wounds, and the struggle for status spiral out of control, Riddle can only watch, hoping for the courage to reveal the truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A witty, suspenseful tale of murder, marital conflict, and agonizing secrets…The exuberant story is transporting and delicious.”

    People magazine

  • “Vibrant personalities jump off the page individually, and the collective dynamic is as lifelike and scintillating as beautifully cast actors in an artfully directed play.”


  • “A novel for the awkward kid in all of us…The novel acquires a crackling tension that doesn’t ease until you’ve turned the final page.”


  • “Kelly’s novel is a coming-of-age meets a whodunit…A laugh-out-loud funny page turner.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Really terrific fiction.”

    Washington Post

  • “Riddle perfectly narrates the events of one crazy, harrowing summer against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1970s. Written with cutting wit and intensity; it doesn’t get any better than this.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[A] raucous, deliciously creepy novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] witty take on a dysfunctional family.”


  • “Kelly skillfully builds almost unbearable tension, slipping in plenty of dark laughs en route to a wrenching climax that leaves in its wake some painfully unresolved questions—just like life. More fine work from a writer with a rare gift for blending wit and rue.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is both spooky and smart, with a fun-house-mirror cast of Cape Cod Irish aristocrats like no other. It’s as if the Kennedys had catapulted themselves into a tale by Edgar Allan Poe—with rollicking, harrowing, and, above all, highly entertaining results.”

    Holly LeCraw, author of The Swimming Pool

  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: 10 Best Novels for Summer Reading, 2013
  • Selected for the June 2013 Indie Next List
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, June 2013
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2013
  • A 2013 Washington Post Notable Book
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