The Perfect Summer Thriller: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

The Perfect Summer Thriller: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

“I had no idea everyone feels this way—that the most essential part of growing up is figuring out where your empty places are and learning how to fill them by, and for, yourself.”

Bittersweet is the story of one girl, Mabel Dagmar, and her involvement with the insane (and insanely wealthy) Winslow family, and the dark secrets they’ve kept for generations. Outwardly perfect, Genevra Winslow and her extensive family are flawless and rich in a way Mabel can only dream of. When she and Ev become roommates, Mabel assumes they will never be friends … that is, until they are. Suddenly Mabel is taken in among the Winslows, but quickly realizes there is much more than meets the eye at the idyllic Winloch, the summer home of the Winslows.

Caught between her overwhelming need to know everything there is to know about the mysterious past of the Winslows, her desire for companionship, and her own murky past, Mabel begins to lose herself to Winloch, where nothing is as it seems.

I’m a sucker for a good thriller, and this one reminded me of We Were Liars for adults, which was perfect.  This one unfolds slowly, but really picks up speed at the end, and I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t able to stop until I found out what was going on.

If you’re still looking for books to take with you to the beach this summer, Bittersweet is the perfect thing!

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  1. I LOVED this book last summer and it was my go to beach read recommendation. And – I think you said it perfectly: “We Were Liars” for adults. I read it right after Liars and I actually enjoyed it a lot more. In addition to the twists and turns, I loved the commentary on how the wealthy live.