SUMMER RENTAL

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This novel starts on the right path and then makes a weird, and unnecessary, turn. Andrews inserts an additional character with a very dramatic situation into the mix, which feels out of place in the story. Also, there are too many times in this novel where the author repeatedly references a person or situation, then drops the element for four or five chapters without mentioning it again. If the story had stuck with the three main characters, then it could have been saved.

Childhood friends Ellis, Julia and Dorie rent a summer home in North Carolina. Dorie is hiding a big secret from her best friends that involves her husband and his sudden absence from the trip. Model Julia stays close-mouthed about the sudden turn her relationship with her live-in lover has taken. And recently fired Ellis is worried about the future until the owner of the summer home helps her to temporarily forget her own troubles. The girls are busy dealing with their own problems when a mysterious stranger with a fake name moves in and wreaks havoc. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun., 320 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed by: 
B. Nakia Garner