Taylor Hale was born in Southwestern Ontario, and started writing on Wattpad in 2015. When she isn’t writing, she can be found bartending at a live music venue, and thinking up her next idea. The Summer I Drowned is her first novel.
The Summer I Drowned is Wattpad’s version of domestic noir, where 17-year-old Olivia returns to her sleepy beach hometown the summer before her final year of high school to find closure after experiencing a traumatic incident five years ago. Suffering from anxiety and paranoia, Olivia ends up in ever-increasingly dangerous situations . . . except she doesn’t know what’s real or what’s a product of her own imagination.
Five years after almost drowning, Olivia Cathart returns home to Caldwell Beach determined to face her fears and take some risks—not just by swimming, but by opening her heart. Hoping to rekindle her friendships, she’s excited about a carefree summer with her best friends Keely and Miles. But life in the sleepy town has changed, and no one and nothing is as it seems.
When a series of startling crimes threaten Olivia’s fragile state, she is plunged into a terrifying game of cat and mouse. Her only solace from the chaos is West, Miles’s disowned and ruggedly handsome brother, but even he can’t answer the question on everyone’s minds—is Olivia really in danger or is it simply all in her head?
Why you should read this book :
- This is a teen The Woman in Cabin 10 meets Into the Water by Paula Hawkins-highly commercial mystery with a deeply unreliable narrator
- 1.3 million reads on Wattpad
- Deals with issues of mental health – anxiety and PTSD
Length: 336 Pages
Dimensions: 198mm x 20mm x 129mm