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Eight years after her well-received debut, Total Eclipse, Rigbey returns with another psychological suspense novel, ambitiously conceived but frustratingly disjointed. Overpopulated and overly complicated, the murky plot advances in fits and starts. The pacing is disrupted by frequent flashbacks to the lives of the various members of two generations of the family of a former Russian KGB agent who defected with his wife and three daughters to California-and families of their friends and neighbors as well. Narrated as the first-person account of the granddaughter of the Russian defector, ambitious young investment banker Lucy Schaffer, the story opens three years after Lucy has abandoned her husband and family and fled to New York to forget the tragic death of her infant son. Called home to California when her father's corpse is pulled from the Pacific, Lucy is told that he may have been murdered. She is delegated the responsibility of tying up the loose ends of the estate, and she also takes on the task of investigating the mystifying circumstances surrounding her father's strange peregrinations on the day of his death. Meanwhile, she is forced to confront repressed memories of growing up as the younger daughter of a schizophrenic mother and a father raised by religious zealots. Rigbey's prose is smooth, but even those patient enough to endure the novel's blind alleys and red herrings will be frustrated by the contrived twists at the end.
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*Starred Review* Three years ago, Californian Lucy Shaffer fled to New York after the SIDS death of her baby son. She hasn't been back to California since. Then she receives a call saying her father has died. Deeply upset and feeling guilty, Lucy flies home only to learn that the police think her father was murdered. As Lucy tries to make sense of the tragedy, clouded memories of the past she has tried to forget return to haunt her: the inexplicable madness of her Russian-born mother; the mysterious drowning death of her infant brother; a nightmarish family outing to Arizona; the shocking death of a childhood friend. As the painful memories emerge, Lucy begins to suspect a horrifying truth: what she has believed about her family is a melange of half-truth, myth, and outright sham. She solves her father's murder but discovers a reality that is dangerous and terribly dark. This multifaceted novel combines a gripping murder mystery; a moving tale of love, loss, and redemption; the powerful saga of a family haunted by tragedy; and the bleak drama of one woman's agonizing confrontation with her past. The only flaw is the British Rigbey's annoying overuse of sure and real to show her grasp of American speech patterns. That aside, this is a well-nigh perfect crime novel. Emily Melton
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1 Amer ed edition (August 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399150943
  • ASIN: B000IOENX8
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,926,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LVO on November 13, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book on a whim and it turned out to be a "can't put it down" selection. It tells the story of a woman whose life has been a series of personal losses capped by the loss of her beloved father. This is the catalyst for her return to California, where she finally digs deep to find the truth. Is she telling us, the readers, the truth? We find out as the book progresses, and it kept me guessing and thinking. I highly recommend Summertime!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Wilson on February 3, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this book in a parking lot. I had no idea who it belonged to. So with a half hour to kill, I began to read it. This is the first book I have ever read where I didn't have to read paragaphs twice, nothing could distract me from it. The author didn't complicate this mystery to the point of confusion. There are also positive themes to consider from this story. This book could be a great movie. As a treat to myself, when I finished the book, was to give it a great review. I guess what I'm trying to say was that it was a great book from chapter one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After her six month baby dies from SIDS, Luce Schaffer leaves Northern California and travels to New York where she takes a job as an investment banker. She makes no friends and her co-workers know nothing about the husband back home, the father who visited her only once in three years, or the mother confined to a mental institution. One day while she is brokering the biggest deal of her career she is summoned home by her older sister Jane who informs her that their father died.
When Luce arrives at her father's home, the police informs her that her father, beloved by all, was the victim of a homicide. Everyone in the family is understandably shocked because Eric was so cherished and didn't have any enemy in the world. The longer Luce stays in California, the more family skeletons are revealed, bringing the police one step closer to solving this and other related killings.
SUMMER TIME is a masterful work of psychological suspense as well as a heart wrenching drama about a family who has known much tragedy, especially the protagonist who feels guilty that she left her beloved father when she couldn't come to terms with her own grief. Liz Rigbey knows how to write a compelling story with an ending that is both unexpected and shocking.
Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Calvin on November 21, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this book at a yard sale and I'm not sure why I even picked it up, but I'm really glad I did. The main character has fled to New York after her baby dies of SIDS and left her husband and her extended family in California. She is called back home when her father dies in what is later ruled a homicide. Add to that she is the granddaughter of a Russian immigrant and after her return home, the skeletons in the family closet start to rattle. Complicated by her own grief over the loss of her baby, some memories are lost or distorted. The end is shocking and one I didn't see coming. It makes one wonder just what family history is. How true are the stories that are handed down from generation to generation?

An awesome read!
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