The Summer She Went Missing by Chelsea Ichaso

The Summer She Went Missing by Chelsea Ichaso

The Summer She Went Missing by Chelsea Ichaso

Forever Friends

 Having delved into numerous thrillers over the years, my journey took an intriguing turn with Chelsea Ichaso’s “The Summer She Went Missing.” Swift-paced and brimming with potential, it leaves readers pondering a multitude of questions. What actions would you take if your closest companion vanished without a trace? How deeply would you delve into the mysteries surrounding her disappearance? For Paige, these quandaries manifest as tangible concerns intertwined with guilt, as she reflects on her distraction with summer romance during the fateful season her friend Audrey went missing.

Fond memories of summers spent at Clearwater Ridge with Audrey Covington and her family fade into a haunting uncertainty when Audrey inexplicably vanishes. Amidst the backdrop of budding romance with Audrey’s brother Dylan, Paige finds herself thrust into a whirlwind of confusion and suspicion. A year passes with Audrey’s absence looming large and unexplained. When another girl disappears under similar circumstances, Paige becomes convinced of a connection between the two incidents. What dark secrets lie beneath the surface of their idyllic summer retreat?

Drawing parallels to the captivating narrative style of “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder,” Ichaso weaves a compelling tale of mystery and intrigue. The dynamics between the girls prove more engrossing than anticipated, yet Paige’s portrayal lacks the depth desired for a truly compelling protagonist.

Paige’s unwavering determination to uncover the truth, even if it means collaborating with her ex, underscores her commitment to unraveling Audrey’s fate. However, the rationale behind her fervor feels somewhat underexplored, rendering her character somewhat one-dimensional.

Narrated predominantly from Paige’s perspective, interspersed with intermittent glimpses from “The Girl’s” viewpoint, the narrative offers tantalizing insights into the overarching mystery. These brief interludes inject a much-needed dose of suspense and speculation, enriching the storyline.

Despite its shortcomings in depth, “The Summer She Went Missing” delivers an enjoyable mystery with a youthful twist. Earning an easy four stars, it’s a recommendation tailored for those seeking a brisk yet engaging thriller with a dash of YA allure.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing the arc for an honest review.

The Summer She Went Missing by Chelsea Ichaso

Rating out of 5
4 Plot Twists 🌀🌀🌀🌀 Unpredictable
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