'A sultry, gorgeously written and hugely atmospheric thriller with a dark, compelling mystery at its heart' LUCY FOLEY, bestselling author of The Hunting Party
'Chilling, addictive and had me on the edge of my seat' 5***** Reader Review
Elodie was beautiful. Elodie was smart. Elodie was troubled. Elodie is dead.
Sylvie hasn't been back to her crumbling French family home in years. Not since the death of her eldest daughter Elodie.
Every corner of the old house feels haunted by memories of her - memories she has tried to forget.
But as temperatures rise, and forest fires rage through the French countryside, a long-buried family secret is about to come to light.
Because there's something Sylvie's been hiding about what really happened to Elodie that summer.
And it could change everything.
'Sultry, atmospheric and unsettling - a book to lose yourself in this summer' ERIN KELLY, bestselling author of He Said She Said
'The only book you need this summer. Gripping, well-paced and full of thrills' 5***** Reader Review
'Welcome to Provence for a holiday stay you will not forget in a hurry!' 5***** Reader Review
Praise for Kate Riordan
'Rich and atmospheric' RACHEL HORE
'The perfect summer read' RACHEL RHYS
'Had me absolutely gripped' LOUISE CANDLISH
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You can almost feel the heat radiating from the pages of Kate Riordan’s aptly-named, swiftly-paced psychological thriller. Sensuous, intoxicating and utterly gripping, The Heatwave transports us to Provence where, amid sweltering temperatures and the sound of cicadas, we meet Sylvie, a Frenchwoman visiting her childhood home with her daughter Emma. Yet everywhere she turns, she is haunted by memories of her first daughter Elodie, who apparently died here years ago (and whose mysterious life locals still whisper about). As this tense novel unravels, a long-buried, painful family secret and a toxic mother-daughter relationship come to the fore—the details of which are cleverly drip-fed to hook you in from the very first page. You’ll be stunned by The Heatwave’s tragic story—and then race through it for answers.
Customer ReviewsSee All
A good page turner, pacy split-time narrative and strong voice. A few more twists and some filling in of the gaps would have made it 5 stars...but an enjoyable read with evocative depiction of Southern France and interesting characters.
To much descriptive pros and not enough of the actual story. Even after reading 200 pages finding the story line not emerging due to the number of flash backs sorry but not a hit with me.
I really enjoyed this book. Very interesting storyline with the main interaction between the mother and eldest daughter. Highly recommend this as a fascinating read, with a twist at the end which I didn’t see coming!