Bitter Sun

Bitter Sun

"Stand by Me" meets "True Detective" in this stunningly written tale of the darkness at the heart of a small mid-Western town and the four kids who uncover it. In the heatwave summer of 1971, four kids find a body by a lake and set out to solve a murder, but they dig too deep and ask too many questions. Larson is a town reeling in the wake of the Vietnam draft, where the unrelenting heat ruins the harvest, and the people teeter on the edge of ruin. As tension and paranoia run rife, rumors become fact, violence becomes reflex. The unrest allows the dark elements of the close-knit farming community to rise and take control, and John, Jenny, Gloria, and Rudy are about to discover that sometimes secrets are best left uncovered.

Title:Bitter Sun
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780008145507
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About Beth Lewis

Beth Lewis was raised in the wilds of Cornwall and split her childhood between books and the beach. She has travelled extensively and has had close encounters with black bears, killer whales, and Great White sharks. She has been, at turns, a bank cashier, fire performer, juggler, and is currently a Commissioning Editor at a leading London publisher. Her debut novel, The Wolf Road, was shortlisted


    Bitter Sun Reviews

  • Paromjit

    Beth Lewis writes a superb emotionally heartbreaking coming of age story depicting a ravaging picture of a small midwestern American town. Larson is struggling economically, plagued by its political i...

  • Annet

    Second book of this author I read, after The Wolf Road. A grim story and dark coming of age story of four young kids discovering a dead woman in the lake surrounded by fields, close to their secret hi...

  • Emma

    No matter the genre of fiction, small town America always seems to be portrayed as desperately, determinedly normal on the surface, while actually steered by unseen currents in the form of grasping, m...

  • Liz Barnsley

    This book has broken me so I can't review it now.Nearer publication I will but I'll probably still be sobbing slightly. Best book I've read this year by a clear mile. Easily in contention for my no 1 ...

  • Roman Clodia

    As long as the apple is shiny and red, it doesn't matter if it's rotten.There's almost a sub-genre of books set in a claustrophobic small town where the surface quiet hides a seething mix of secrets a...

  • Beadyjan

    There's a simmering heat haze which surrounds this book, set in the harsh dustbowl farming communities of mid Western USA during one long hot summer heatwave in the early 1970s as Vietnam is headline ...

  • Cathy Ryan

    4.5*Set in Larson, a small town in middle of America’s corn belt, full of seemingly good people and where everything seems perfect on the surface. But secrets and lies abound and the underlying dark...

  • Roy

    A really enjoyable coming of age novel with this small town crime element spread over 3 summers. I did get a True Detective vibe like the blurb provides. Violent and eerily disturbing. Its a big chang...

  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother

    ‘I killed her’ Bitter Sun is a novel that begins in a heatwave of 1971 and ends in summer 1973. It takes place in the rural town of Larson and the Vietnam war and its impact on small rural communi...

  • Antonio

    Good coming of age story, too long drawn out and too repetitive for me, and i want the baddies to suffer!!...