Putnam, August 2003, 24.95, 384 pp.
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 he 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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner