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Publisher Description

A New England Society Book Awards Finalist (Fiction)

“A witty, suspenseful tale of murder, marital conflict and agonizing secrets.... The exuberant story is transporting and delicious, a worthy summer read.” —People
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the best-selling author of Apologize, Apologize!, introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve-year-old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor-sharp wife, Greer. It’s 1972, and Riddle’s father is running for office from the family compound in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Between Camp’s desire to toughen her up and Greer’s demand for glamour, Riddle has her hands full juggling her eccentric parents. When she accidentally witnesses a crime close to home, her confusion and fear keep her silent. As the summer unfolds, the consequences of her silence multiply. Another mysterious and powerful family, the Devlins, slowly emerges as the keepers of astonishing secrets that could shatter the Camperdowns. As an old love triangle, bitter war wounds, and the struggle for status spiral out of control, Riddle can only watch, hoping for the courage to reveal the truth. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is poised to become the summer’s uproarious and dramatic must-read.

Fiction & Literature
June 3
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Martagirl39 ,

Just an opinion

I really enjoyed this book. Interesting dynamic characters. Sometimes I wished for it to move a little faster. Also, it's frustrating to see the heroine not really do anything about her situation. Overall it was a good read.

Newenglander13 ,


I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is very well written, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Very dynamic characters, and a plot twist you won't see coming! A good book should make you feel just as much as think, and it does just that.

MiniCooperLove ,

So addicting

A can't-put-down book! This book is all about the characters, and the author does a great job building them.

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