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The Last Days of Summer

Vanessa Ronan

Upstairs, Lizzie knows, her daughters are safe in their beds. Joanne, still young enough to smile at strangers, one last summer of childhood left in her. Katie, already a beauty, the first flush of womanhood blooming on her skin. Both sleeping soundly. But out beyond the boundary of their land, the townspeople sleep fitfully. Too many have heard that Jasper is coming back - folk who know him of old, who remember what he did - men who will make it their business to see he doesn't stay too long round these parts ...

Praise for The Last Days of Summer

Opens Vanessa Ronan's literary career the way dynamite opens a safe ... beautiful and invigoratingly shocking -Joseph O'Connor Irish Times

A tense, atmospheric, intriguing read -
Liz Nugent, author of Richard and Judy Spring Book Club 2017 winner, Lying in Wait

Shades of In Cold Blood and Truman Capote, shades of Harper Lee ... very tense and there's constant mystery hovering over every page -
Ryan Tubridy, RTE

A powerful, formidable debut ... what a gripping, dark, compelling story this is -
Donal Ryan

Refreshing, vivid and full of suspense ... it's exciting to come across such a great new talent -
RTE Guide

Full of dark tension ... extraordinarily accomplished -
Irish Examiner

Phenomenally atmospheric ... beautifully written and very very gripping -
Marian Keyes

Each word is weighted with dread and laden with drama ... impressive -
Sunday Independent

With a blistering ending that leaves you racing to its conclusion ... an exciting new talent -

Mid-July in Texas. Cicadas shed their dry summer skins, the scent of roses hangs heavy in the still air, and a woman sits alone on her porch at dusk, watching the empty, merciless prairie, its light falling to darkness. He's coming home.

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