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The Summer We All Ran Away [Kindle Edition]

Cassandra Parkin
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When nineteen year old Davey finds himself drunk, beaten and alone, he is rescued by the oddly-assorted inhabitants of an abandoned and beautiful house in the West Country. Their only condition for letting him join them is that he asks them no questions.

More than thirty years ago in that same house, burned-out rock star Jack Laker writes a ground-breaking comeback album, and abandons the girl who saved his life to embark on a doomed and passionate romance with a young actress. His attempt to escape his destructive lifestyle leads to deceit, debauchery and even murder.

As Davey and his fellow housemate Priss try to uncover the secrets of the house's inhabitants, both past and present, it becomes clear that the five strangers have all been drawn there by the events and the music of that long-ago summer.

‘The story is fresh and original, written vividly and with flair. I was completely engrossed!’ Katherine Webb, international best-selling author

‘A tangle of tales about love and power and self… Flitting between the present and what came before, the lives of many collide in the shell of Jack's Lander's mansion… a beautiful Gatsby-esque touch. A fascinating tale of the meeting of lost souls. Of danger, and trust and self-worth. Read it.’ Jen Campbell, author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

‘This is Parkin's debut novel and what a stunning debut it is. First off, it is a great mystery. The pacing is just right, with discoveries in both time periods coinciding and working together to keep any reader involved with the stories. But what I look for in any novel of any genre is characters. And Parkin definitely has characters... The storyline is original, the characters are fascinating, and over all this is simply a great read.’ The Bookbag

‘It is not your typical light beach read, but I wouldn't wait until the Summer's end to reach for it. The characters grabbed my heart, the story pulled me in and I sailed through the pages picturing myself in the house, peeking around the corners, listening in on the conversations. If you like stories of internal conflict, coming of age and things falling into their place, no matter how unexpected, you should put Cassandra Parkin's debut novel on your To-Read list.’ Women’s World



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'The story is fresh and original, written vividly and with flair. I was completely engrossed!' --Katherine Webb, international best-selling author

'A tangle of tales about love and power and self... Flitting between the present and what came before, the lives of many collide in the shell of Jack's Lander's mansion... a beautiful Gatsby-esque touch. A fascinating tale of the meeting of lost souls. Of danger, and trust and self-worth. Read it.' --Jen Campbell, author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

'It is not your typical light beach read, but I wouldn't wait until the Summer's end to reach for it. The characters grabbed my heart, the story pulled me in and I sailed through the pages picturing myself in the house, peeking around the corners, listening in on the conversations. If you like stories of internal conflict, coming of age and things falling into their place, no matter how unexpected, you should put Cassandra Parkin's debut novel on your To-Read list.' --Women's World

About the Author

Cassandra Parkin grew up in Hull, and now lives in East Yorkshire. Her short story collection, New World Fairy Tales (Salt Publishing, 2011), won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. The Summer We All Ran Away was Cassandra's debut novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1909395315
  • Publisher: Legend Press (1 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BU2NGR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cassandra Parkin grew up in Hull, and now lives in East Yorkshire. Her short story collection, New World Fairy Tales (Salt Publishing, 2011), won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. The Summer We All Ran Away is Cassandra's debut novel.

Visit Cassandra at cassandraparkin.wordpress.com or on Twitter @cassandrajaneuk

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, heartwarming story 13 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Net Galley, and I'm so glad that I did because I really enjoyed it.

It is written in the past and present, switching between the two in alternate chapters, and normally I don't like this, but I felt that it really worked in this book.

The story focuses around an old derelict house in which four people are living who have run away. They all have different stories to tell about why they ended up in the old house, and the house itself tells a story as well.

I thought that the characters were very likeable and I warmed to them all. There was not one character who I disliked in any way. The past linked to the present very well and there were lots that kept me reading, in order to find out who was who and what the answers were to the many questions that were going through my head throughout the book. I thought I had figured it out, but as always, there was a nice twist at the end, which left me feeling happy and contented.

It was quite an easy book to read, there was nothing complicated or boring about it. Sometimes when a story flits between past and present, things can get confusing, but I didn't find this with this book.

I will certainly be recommending this - it's a great summer read and will also brighten a dull winters evening. In fact, I think maybe reading it when there is a storm outside will give a better atmosphere as it will bring the empty house and it's ghosts to life. I certainly think that this book should be a must read for anyone!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Summer This Book Ran Away With Me 29 Aug. 2013
Format:Paperback
I was haunted from beginning to end - still am. The title suggests escape and I did, every time I opened a page bookmarked by whatever discarded scrap was to hand. I loved how past and present merged, how issues that test us, destroy us, save us, are the same no matter what era we belong to. Davey captivated me the most, perhaps because we begin with him, perhaps because his history of abuse resonated so much or perhaps simply because he's so beautifully written. I was also intrigued by Jack Laker and the doomed relationships surrounding him. I don't want to give much more away - there are twists, revelations, but they're not those sometimes thoughtless ones that a writer appears to have added when they run out of ideas... they're perfect, adding depth to the characters and situations. This is definitely a recommended read, not just for summer, for any season.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab debut novel 11 Sept. 2013
By Lisa-W
Format:Kindle Edition
A fantastic debut novel by Cassandra Parkin, her first but hopefully not her last.

The story has chapters from Now and chapters from Then. In 'Now' we meet Davey, badly beaten and clearly at the end of his tether; not knowing where to turn he makes his way drunk and randomly to Cornwall; guided by a light across the water he makes his way to a house where he collapses on the doorstep to be taken in by an odd bunch of people who offer him a place to stay, no questions asked as long as he returns the no question favour.
Sixteen year old Priss is one of the residents of the house; feisty and curious she and Davey investigate the strange house, part of which is shut off. Convinced that at least one of the other residents is a murderer, Priss is determined to unravel the mystery of the older residents Kate, Tom and Isaac.
'Then' starts off with the story of Jack Laker, a musician and recovering addict but as the novel progresses 'Then' becomes everyone's story and we find out why everyone has ended up at this big house in the middle of nowhere and what has drawn them there as their secrets become known...and why there is a panther on the loose!

I found this a very easy story to become involved and interested in. The characters were intriguing without being fantastical and I found I wanted to read on to find out more about them and their stories. Whilst Tom's story was surprising, both Davey's and Priss' stories and characters were especially compelling and I had a lot of empathy with them.
The Now and Then of the telling works well and ties both past and present nicely together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 21 Sept. 2013
Format:Paperback
Great book, great read, excellent story. This book flips back and forth in time over each chapter and tells us the stories of Davey, and other runaway characters that stay together in a big old house in the present timeline, and Jack Laker, a musician in the past timeline. The story unfolds slowly, captivating enough to keep you completely hooked. The house they are staying in also has its own story and secrets which some characters try to discover and some try to hide. The story is told at just the right pace and the lives of the characters are intriguing and their overlaps are discovered in the twists and turns of time. The end of the book provides us with enough information to piece the puzzle together, but leaves plenty of the details to the imagination in an excellent blend. The author uses some very impressive descriptive language throughout the book, though for the first couple of chapters it felt a bit OTT, as though trying to please an English teacher. There were a couple of smaller twists at the end of the book, which I think were supposed to feel more powerful than I felt they could be. Overall though an excellent book which I couldn't put down and had to keep reading to find out what happened and who the characters really were.
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