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The Girls of Summer

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'Dark, timely and thought-provoking. It's a must-read' THE SUN

'Visceral and raw. Buy it'

'Reminiscent of HBO's hit
The White Lotus... The obvious read-alike is My Dark Vanessa' BOOKLIST

'Packs an incredible punch'

'It's set to be a big summer hit'
The Independent

An idyllic island. An all-consuming romance. The best summer of your life . . .

But what if everything you remember was a


Rachel has loved Alistair since she was seventeen.
Even though she hasn't seen him for sixteen years and she's now married to someone else.
Even though she was a teenager when they met.
Even though he is almost twenty years older than her.

Now in her thirties, Rachel has never been able to forget their golden summer together on a remote, sun-trapped Greek island. But as dark and deeply suppressed memories rise to the surface, Rachel begins to understand that Alistair - and the enigmatic, wealthy man he worked for - controlled much more than she ever realized.

Rachel has never once considered herself a victim - until now.


For fans of GIRL A, MY DARK VANESSA and LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, The Girls of Summer is a bold compulsive exploration of sex, power and consent, and what happens when we revisit the past with rose-tinted glasses.

'Beautifully written, transportive, and thought-provoking' LUCY CLARKE, author of THE CASTAWAYS

'A mesmerising, unsettling and gripping debut' CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD, author of RUN TIME

'Thought-provoking, timely' SARAH TURNER, author of STEPPING UP


Readers are talking about THE GIRLS OF SUMMER:

* 'In the age of #MeToo, this book is one that will ring true with so many people'

* 'Beautifully written with a tense, emotive plot that will be relatable to so many women'

* 'An excellent debut. Raw, real, and gut-wrenchingly familiar'

* 'Wow wow wow! I am still thinking about it, it's one of those stories that stays with you'

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"An absolutely scorching debut deftly mixing the glamour of an island holiday with shadows of coercive control. One of the best psychological thrillers I've read this year." - Alice Clark-Platts

"It's been a long time since I've read such a compelling debut. Beautifully written, transportive, and thought-provoking, The Girls of Summer sizzles with suspense. It's the book I'll be recommending that all my girlfriends pack for their holidays this summer." - Lucy Clarke

"Smart, tense and on-the-nose about shame and coercion and the way we force our own painful histories into a narrative we can live with." - Tammy Cohen

"Such a clever, subtle, simmering read of a sun-drenched summer romance that is not all it seems. Timely, powerful, and must-read material around consent and buried trauma." - Claire Daverley

"A mesmerizing, unsettling and gripping debut." - Catherine Ryan Howard

"Atmospheric and powerful, The Girls of Summer is a propulsive examination of the line blurring trauma and love in a relationship, a distinction which - in a post #MeToo world - is more important than ever. Bishop has crafted a haunting, tense, psychological debut, and a final reckoning that will stick with me." - Carola Lovering

"Scorching and sexy, it lures you in then shakes you up. A very timely read about consent and control. I LOVED it." - Nikki May

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