Review: Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

Author: Lee Mandelo
Released: September 28th, 2021
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Suicide, homomisia, eye trauma, gore, strangulation

4 kitties

I can’t believe I am so behind on the times, but I finally sat down and read Summer Sons. Now to take a few minutes to review it, as Lee Mandelo’s writing deserves that much!

Andrew and Eddie were the best of friends. You’ll notice the past tense in that statement. Eddie had to head off to continue his education. That shouldn’t have been the end of the friendship. It wouldn’t have been had Andrew had any say in the matter.

Unfortunately, Eddie’s apparent suicide stops his plans in their tracks. Now Andrew is determined to get to the truth behind Eddie’s death, even if that means handling a macabre inheritance and other…concerning details.

“Scrolling on his phone passed the time as he fought to tamp down the swelling tide of memories and miseries.”

Summer Sons is an intense horror read, perfect for this darker Tor line. Seriously guys, don’t make the same mistake I did – read this book when it is nice and sunny out. As opposed to dark, dreary, and right before bed. Yeah, mistakes were made.

I think what made Summer Sons all the more chilling for me was how slowly it burned. That gradually growing sense of fear and horror got to me. Don’t get me wrong – I loved every minute of it. I just also happened to pay an emotional toll in the process.

That’s not all that hit me about Summer Sons because apparently, Lee Mandelo pulled out all the stops. There is something so painfully human about Andrew’s situation – losing a best friend and trying so hard to hang on to whatever scraps remain, including a mystery that needs solving. It hurts.

Thankfully, there are good moments to balance those harder moments, including my favorite trope – the found family. I love it, and I hope you guys do as well because it plays a huge part in this book.

Thanks to and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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