Her Last Summer by Nina Manning

Nina Manning is known for writing great psychological thrillers. Her latest book came out last month. I'm on tour with Rachel's Random Resources and thrilled to bring you this book!

About the Book:

I had vowed I would never get back into the water, but of course, this was always going to be the outcome. I never really had a choice.

When out of work actress Rey Levine is offered her dream acting role, she knows she has to make it work. But there’s a catch: the film calls for Rey to swim, something she hasn't done since her last fateful summer holiday fifteen years ago. The summer her sister disappeared…and everyone blamed Rey.

Rey will do anything to block out the painful memories, but it means her current life is in freefall – drink and men her drugs of choice.

With her first dip in the cool water, Rey thinks she’s found the perfect escape. But as the water holds her, old memories float to the surface, forcing Rey to remember the terrible summer she’d rather forget.

But someone doesn't want the truth to surface. Not now, not ever... And they're prepared to ruin Rey's life all over again.



I’m a fan of Nina Manning’s thrilling novels. This story is told in dual timeline from the present and 2009 when Rey’s sister went missing and is presumed dead. Her sisters death tore her family apart and Rey was blamed for it and has not gone in the water since. When she’s offered a part that requires her to swim in the ocean she is determined to get past her fear of water in order to save her acting career. Rey remembers the events surrounding her sisters disappearance as she swims. I enjoyed the back and forth timeline. Rey is very relatable and I understand her feelings of guilt. I liked that she was willing to overcome her fear. The first pages really draw you in and see you up for a great book!

About the Author:

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. The Daughter in Law is her debut psychological thriller and since then Nina has gone on to write 9 more books including: The Guilty Wife published in March 2020, The House Mate published in October 2020.The Bridesmaid published May 2021 and Queen Bee in January 2022. She has also written two 'mum-lit' fiction books: The 3 am shattered mums' club and the 6 pm frazzled mums' club. 

Nina currently lives in The Highlands in Scotland with her family.


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