Daniel Keating's taste for cheap thrills and a life of frivolity suddenly take a turn when he awakens one morning to find himself lying next to the corpse of his would-be girlfriend and daughter of a prominent attorney, the vivacious and beautiful Summer Drake. Unable to recall the drunken details of the night before and now threatened with the possibility of being implicated in her death, Daniel makes a decision that will forever alter his life. While immersed in the details of shielding himself from investigators, he discovers a revealing volume of Summer's poetry that offers clues to why a beautiful girl would follow a path toward self-destruction. As he slowly pieces together the mysteries of a woman he only thought he knew, he discovers a dark secret in her past that, once revealed, brings to light an unimaginable truth.
Written in a fierce and innovative style, Losing Summer tells the provocative story of a man's descent into mystery and self-discovery that will both pull him, and the reader, into a deep web of intrigue.
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Losing Summer is an incredible story about how one simple decision can create consequences that you could never imagine. One bad decision leds to another and another. If you can make it through chapters 3-5 without your hand in front of your eyes, saying Oh My God! repeatedly and sleep without the light on you are a better person than me. Not only is there a mystery to solve but to watch how Daniel goes down below rock bottom and somehow manages to crawl out with his mind intact is amazing. Lots will remind you of Hemingway and Poe but it is a definte original and innovative Gantt.
Gantt has written a captivating novel. Losing Summer is refreshingly well written and succeeds at captivating the reader with its intrigue and suspense. What stands out most to me about it is that it reads like a memoir. I felt like the main character, Daniel, is a real person telling his story. Gantt excels in character development. When the book is done, you will have become a personal acquaintance to the main characters. The story is right out of our culture with young adults living life to the hilt. They experience a sudden halt to their exuberance when one of their own takes her own life. Her three friends are left wondering why. So are her wealthy, prominent father and the police. The tale leads the narrator-Daniel and the reader through a labyrinthine tunnel that may or may not have a light at its end. This book is unlike any other novel I have read due to its bold, in-your-face writing that turns out to be a welcome change from so many of the recent novels I have read. Gantt makes a real investment in his characters, and I think they offer a great return. Before you read this book, make sure you have plenty of time set aside and do not have to get up early the next morning, because you will not be able to put it down once you start it.