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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Wright Narrator: Chris Patton Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A riveting Southern Gothic coming-of-age debut by a major new talent

“I did what I did, and that’s on me.” From that tantalizing first sentence, Tom Wright sweeps listeners up in a tale of lost innocence. Jim has a touch of the Sight. It’s nothing too spooky and generally useless, at least until the summer his cousin L.A. moves in with him and their grandmother. When Jim and L.A. discover the body of a girl—brutally raped and murdered—in a field, an investigation begins that will put both their lives in danger. 

In the spirit of The Lovely Bones and The Little Friend, What Dies in Summer is a novel that casts its spell on the very first page and leaves an indelible mark.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautifully written and deeply engaging study of loss and innocence, suffused with chilling dread. A haunting novel, a captivating debut; I loved it.”

    S. J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “A compulsive and provocative novel, Tom Wright manages to combine familiar themes of youth—fear, desire, vulnerability, and chaos—with a story that both unsettles and intrigues the reader. A narrative voice that’s raw and desperate, a story that grips from start to finish, What Dies in Summer is hugely impressive.”

    John Boyne, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A magnificent novel, not so much about loss of innocence as innocence put through the masher. The story pulsates with a deep dread that would be unbearable if the novel weren’t so sweet, funny, sexy, and ultimately moving.”

    Nick Cave, author of The Death of Bunny Munro

  • “An erotic, compelling, and deeply assured debut, midway between Ellroy and Faulkner. It evokes so precisely the beauty and sadness of first love and lost innocence.”

    Sam Taylor, author of The Amnesiac

  • “[A] seductively suspenseful coming-of-age novel…Wright, a practicing psychologist, expertly weaves together a literary tapestry of self-discovery, brutal sadistic violence, custodial battles, and tender, burgeoning sexuality, leaving readers spellbound by a story that delivers on several levels. The author’s impressive, multitiered storytelling talents are on brilliant display in this entrancing, impressive debut.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Even with its hints of Southern gothic and mysticism, this coming-of-age novel keeps its solidly quotidian background. An unusually accomplished and evocative debut, in which what dies is innocence.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A lyrical and realistic study of innocence lost.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " Interesting but uneven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deb | 2/9/2014

    " Tragically sad book but was very moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Selena | 2/9/2014

    " I really liked this book. I thought the characters were well written and I found the plot interesting. I'd definitely read more books by Tom Wright. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cindy Swift | 1/31/2014

    " New author - great with words, beautiful language, weak on plot. It seems that this author couldn't decide if he was telling a coming of age, family story, or a murder mystery. The serial killings seemed like extras - awkward. "

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About the Author

Tom Wright is a practicing psychologist and received his doctorate from Texas A&M University. What Dies in Summer is his first book.