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 u "Stand by Me" meets "True Detective" in this stunningly written tale of the darkness at the heart of a small mid-Western ...

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Title:Bitter Sun
Author:Beth Lewis
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:0008145504
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

Bitter Sun Reviews

  • Annet
    Jun 23, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

  • Amy
    Jul 01, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

    Bitter Sun is set in the small Midwest American town of Larson during the early 70's Told in the first person by 13 year old John Royal its about a hard upbringing in a tough community; the unrelenting heat, the Vietnam draft and families struggling to make a living. Its a descript...

    A book doesn't have to be set in a magical land and have dragons to be an epic. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis proves this. Set over several summers, it tells the story of Johnny and his friends who one day stumble upon a dead body and find their lives forever changed. It is the characters' ...

    In 1971, four children find a dead body by a lake. As the official police investigation into the murder and identity of the young woman seems to reach a standstill, the children decide to solve the murder themselves. Yet, their investigation, too, fizzles out. However, dark secrets don...

    This was a very emotional read with a lot of darkness. I did find myself frustrated with Johnny's naivety, I sort of felt like the hard life he's had should have made him grow up a bit quicker. Why did he always see the best in his mum and the pastor? I had also expected the suicide pl...

  • Big Bertha
    Oct 25, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

    Bitter Sun is set in the small Midwest American town of Larson during the early 70's Told in the first person by 13 year old John Royal its about a hard upbringing in a tough community; the unrelenting heat, the Vietnam draft and families struggling to make a living. Its a descript...

  • Beadyjan
    Jul 05, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

  • Sheena
    Apr 12, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

  • Nadia Ghanem
    Apr 18, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

    Bitter Sun is set in the small Midwest American town of Larson during the early 70's Told in the first person by 13 year old John Royal its about a hard upbringing in a tough community; the unrelenting heat, the Vietnam draft and families struggling to make a living. Its a descript...

    A book doesn't have to be set in a magical land and have dragons to be an epic. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis proves this. Set over several summers, it tells the story of Johnny and his friends who one day stumble upon a dead body and find their lives forever changed. It is the characters' ...

    In 1971, four children find a dead body by a lake. As the official police investigation into the murder and identity of the young woman seems to reach a standstill, the children decide to solve the murder themselves. Yet, their investigation, too, fizzles out. However, dark secrets don...

    This was a very emotional read with a lot of darkness. I did find myself frustrated with Johnny's naivety, I sort of felt like the hard life he's had should have made him grow up a bit quicker. Why did he always see the best in his mum and the pastor? I had also expected the suicide pl...

    I am finding this book very hard going. It?s not compelling me to read it. I gave up after a few chapters but I am now trying again. It seems to take an age to get going with the story and I am thinking it is perhaps more for the American market than for the uk. I will continue to ...

    John is a likeable main character and the book has an intriguing story line that makes you want to keep reading. I found the revealing of the girl's killer a little anti-climatic but I enjoyed the unexpected and tragic series of events towards the end of the book ...

    An intelligently written, beautifully impactful character-driven novel from the viewpoint of a child. I felt the middle sagged and did not hold my attention, but the final part ratcheted up a gear and from then on I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended. ...

    This book is dark, simmering with secrets and pain throughout. And yet it is compelling, created clearly with love and pain to be an entrancing story. ...

    A good read. ...

    Knowing the truth has weighty consequences for the four protagonists of Bitter Sun, born and raised in a close-knit community in mid-West America where silence and complicity are the bread of everyday life. The crime around which the novel is build functions like a boomerang: four ...

  • Clare
    Sep 27, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

  • Louise
    Jun 17, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

  • Justin
    Oct 02, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

    Bitter Sun is set in the small Midwest American town of Larson during the early 70's Told in the first person by 13 year old John Royal its about a hard upbringing in a tough community; the unrelenting heat, the Vietnam draft and families struggling to make a living. Its a descript...

    A book doesn't have to be set in a magical land and have dragons to be an epic. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis proves this. Set over several summers, it tells the story of Johnny and his friends who one day stumble upon a dead body and find their lives forever changed. It is the characters' ...

    In 1971, four children find a dead body by a lake. As the official police investigation into the murder and identity of the young woman seems to reach a standstill, the children decide to solve the murder themselves. Yet, their investigation, too, fizzles out. However, dark secrets don...

    This was a very emotional read with a lot of darkness. I did find myself frustrated with Johnny's naivety, I sort of felt like the hard life he's had should have made him grow up a bit quicker. Why did he always see the best in his mum and the pastor? I had also expected the suicide pl...

    I am finding this book very hard going. It?s not compelling me to read it. I gave up after a few chapters but I am now trying again. It seems to take an age to get going with the story and I am thinking it is perhaps more for the American market than for the uk. I will continue to ...

    John is a likeable main character and the book has an intriguing story line that makes you want to keep reading. I found the revealing of the girl's killer a little anti-climatic but I enjoyed the unexpected and tragic series of events towards the end of the book ...

    An intelligently written, beautifully impactful character-driven novel from the viewpoint of a child. I felt the middle sagged and did not hold my attention, but the final part ratcheted up a gear and from then on I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended. ...

    This book is dark, simmering with secrets and pain throughout. And yet it is compelling, created clearly with love and pain to be an entrancing story. ...

  • Cathy Ryan
    Sep 07, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

  • Helen Eddon
    Sep 23, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

    Bitter Sun is set in the small Midwest American town of Larson during the early 70's Told in the first person by 13 year old John Royal its about a hard upbringing in a tough community; the unrelenting heat, the Vietnam draft and families struggling to make a living. Its a descript...

    A book doesn't have to be set in a magical land and have dragons to be an epic. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis proves this. Set over several summers, it tells the story of Johnny and his friends who one day stumble upon a dead body and find their lives forever changed. It is the characters' ...

    In 1971, four children find a dead body by a lake. As the official police investigation into the murder and identity of the young woman seems to reach a standstill, the children decide to solve the murder themselves. Yet, their investigation, too, fizzles out. However, dark secrets don...

  • Katrina
    Mar 28, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

  • Antonio
    Aug 30, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

  • Nicola
    Aug 11, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Mar 28, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

  • Sam Whitehouse
    Oct 22, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

    Bitter Sun is set in the small Midwest American town of Larson during the early 70's Told in the first person by 13 year old John Royal its about a hard upbringing in a tough community; the unrelenting heat, the Vietnam draft and families struggling to make a living. Its a descript...

    A book doesn't have to be set in a magical land and have dragons to be an epic. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis proves this. Set over several summers, it tells the story of Johnny and his friends who one day stumble upon a dead body and find their lives forever changed. It is the characters' ...

  • Steve Fellows
    Jul 29, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

  • Linda
    Jul 19, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

    Bitter Sun is set in the small Midwest American town of Larson during the early 70's Told in the first person by 13 year old John Royal its about a hard upbringing in a tough community; the unrelenting heat, the Vietnam draft and families struggling to make a living. Its a descript...

    A book doesn't have to be set in a magical land and have dragons to be an epic. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis proves this. Set over several summers, it tells the story of Johnny and his friends who one day stumble upon a dead body and find their lives forever changed. It is the characters' ...

    In 1971, four children find a dead body by a lake. As the official police investigation into the murder and identity of the young woman seems to reach a standstill, the children decide to solve the murder themselves. Yet, their investigation, too, fizzles out. However, dark secrets don...

    This was a very emotional read with a lot of darkness. I did find myself frustrated with Johnny's naivety, I sort of felt like the hard life he's had should have made him grow up a bit quicker. Why did he always see the best in his mum and the pastor? I had also expected the suicide pl...

    I am finding this book very hard going. It?s not compelling me to read it. I gave up after a few chapters but I am now trying again. It seems to take an age to get going with the story and I am thinking it is perhaps more for the American market than for the uk. I will continue to ...

  • Joodith
    May 10, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

  • Nicole
    May 24, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

  • Emma
    Jun 10, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

  • Willow
    Nov 04, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

    Bitter Sun is set in the small Midwest American town of Larson during the early 70's Told in the first person by 13 year old John Royal its about a hard upbringing in a tough community; the unrelenting heat, the Vietnam draft and families struggling to make a living. Its a descript...

    A book doesn't have to be set in a magical land and have dragons to be an epic. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis proves this. Set over several summers, it tells the story of Johnny and his friends who one day stumble upon a dead body and find their lives forever changed. It is the characters' ...

    In 1971, four children find a dead body by a lake. As the official police investigation into the murder and identity of the young woman seems to reach a standstill, the children decide to solve the murder themselves. Yet, their investigation, too, fizzles out. However, dark secrets don...

    This was a very emotional read with a lot of darkness. I did find myself frustrated with Johnny's naivety, I sort of felt like the hard life he's had should have made him grow up a bit quicker. Why did he always see the best in his mum and the pastor? I had also expected the suicide pl...

    I am finding this book very hard going. It?s not compelling me to read it. I gave up after a few chapters but I am now trying again. It seems to take an age to get going with the story and I am thinking it is perhaps more for the American market than for the uk. I will continue to ...

    John is a likeable main character and the book has an intriguing story line that makes you want to keep reading. I found the revealing of the girl's killer a little anti-climatic but I enjoyed the unexpected and tragic series of events towards the end of the book ...

    An intelligently written, beautifully impactful character-driven novel from the viewpoint of a child. I felt the middle sagged and did not hold my attention, but the final part ratcheted up a gear and from then on I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended. ...

    This book is dark, simmering with secrets and pain throughout. And yet it is compelling, created clearly with love and pain to be an entrancing story. ...

    A good read. ...

    Knowing the truth has weighty consequences for the four protagonists of Bitter Sun, born and raised in a close-knit community in mid-West America where silence and complicity are the bread of everyday life. The crime around which the novel is build functions like a boomerang: four ...

    ...

  • Roy
    Aug 15, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

  • Paromjit
    Jun 10, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    Jul 03, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

  • Jane
    Aug 04, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

    Bitter Sun is set in the small Midwest American town of Larson during the early 70's Told in the first person by 13 year old John Royal its about a hard upbringing in a tough community; the unrelenting heat, the Vietnam draft and families struggling to make a living. Its a descript...

    A book doesn't have to be set in a magical land and have dragons to be an epic. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis proves this. Set over several summers, it tells the story of Johnny and his friends who one day stumble upon a dead body and find their lives forever changed. It is the characters' ...

    In 1971, four children find a dead body by a lake. As the official police investigation into the murder and identity of the young woman seems to reach a standstill, the children decide to solve the murder themselves. Yet, their investigation, too, fizzles out. However, dark secrets don...

    This was a very emotional read with a lot of darkness. I did find myself frustrated with Johnny's naivety, I sort of felt like the hard life he's had should have made him grow up a bit quicker. Why did he always see the best in his mum and the pastor? I had also expected the suicide pl...

    I am finding this book very hard going. It?s not compelling me to read it. I gave up after a few chapters but I am now trying again. It seems to take an age to get going with the story and I am thinking it is perhaps more for the American market than for the uk. I will continue to ...

    John is a likeable main character and the book has an intriguing story line that makes you want to keep reading. I found the revealing of the girl's killer a little anti-climatic but I enjoyed the unexpected and tragic series of events towards the end of the book ...

    An intelligently written, beautifully impactful character-driven novel from the viewpoint of a child. I felt the middle sagged and did not hold my attention, but the final part ratcheted up a gear and from then on I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended. ...

    This book is dark, simmering with secrets and pain throughout. And yet it is compelling, created clearly with love and pain to be an entrancing story. ...

    A good read. ...

  • Louise Mullins
    Jul 14, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

    Bitter Sun is set in the small Midwest American town of Larson during the early 70's Told in the first person by 13 year old John Royal its about a hard upbringing in a tough community; the unrelenting heat, the Vietnam draft and families struggling to make a living. Its a descript...

    A book doesn't have to be set in a magical land and have dragons to be an epic. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis proves this. Set over several summers, it tells the story of Johnny and his friends who one day stumble upon a dead body and find their lives forever changed. It is the characters' ...

    In 1971, four children find a dead body by a lake. As the official police investigation into the murder and identity of the young woman seems to reach a standstill, the children decide to solve the murder themselves. Yet, their investigation, too, fizzles out. However, dark secrets don...

    This was a very emotional read with a lot of darkness. I did find myself frustrated with Johnny's naivety, I sort of felt like the hard life he's had should have made him grow up a bit quicker. Why did he always see the best in his mum and the pastor? I had also expected the suicide pl...

    I am finding this book very hard going. It?s not compelling me to read it. I gave up after a few chapters but I am now trying again. It seems to take an age to get going with the story and I am thinking it is perhaps more for the American market than for the uk. I will continue to ...

    John is a likeable main character and the book has an intriguing story line that makes you want to keep reading. I found the revealing of the girl's killer a little anti-climatic but I enjoyed the unexpected and tragic series of events towards the end of the book ...

    An intelligently written, beautifully impactful character-driven novel from the viewpoint of a child. I felt the middle sagged and did not hold my attention, but the final part ratcheted up a gear and from then on I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended. ...

  • Jenny Cooper
    Oct 10, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

  • Roman Clodia
    Apr 13, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

  • Ellie
    Sep 05, 2018

    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 intrigue and corruption, amidst the background of the Vietnam draft with the return of ...

    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 hiding place. They try to find the killer on their own, and at the same time we get an i...

    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, morally vacant men bent on fulfilling their own desires at any cost. Here, the discover...

    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 spot in December and I'll actually be VERY surprised if anything beats it. I'm...

    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 and lies culminating in murder - this is one of the better ones. Lewis can write: h...

    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 news and the already fragile rural economy crumbles. Told from the aspect of 4 youn...

    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 darkness is about to emerge. The story is character driven and told from the perspective...

    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 change in story type from her first. I actually enjoyed the first alot more, this had such ...

    ?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 communities sets the backdrop for the novel. The novel follows brother and sister Joh...

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

    4.5 ...

    I was so impressed with Beth's debut 'The Wolf Road' that I couldn't wait to read her next book. And 'Bitter Sun' does not disappoint one iota. Another stark coming-of-age which pits 13 year old Johnny Royal and his friends into the wilderness of a small mid-Western town's politics and...

    Set over 3 long hot summer from 1971 in a small American town this book is so utterly addictive I could not put it down. Told from young 13 yr old Johnny Royal's view as the sanctuary of his younger sister and two best friends' clubhouse becomes the area where a girls body is found b...

    This was a goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed this book. I did not realise Beth Lewis had written Wolf Road which has been on my to read list for some time. The atmosphere and characters were so well written. The feeling of helplessness and dread built like the storm clouds over the th...

    When I saw 'Stand by Me meets True Detective' I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. Small town America is always portrayed in a certain way so it is easy to see the picture which the author paints. The awful secrets a town hides and how within a moment - your lif...

    4.5 stars Small town America... where everyone knows everyone,and they all have secrets. That's how this feels... feels tense and claustrophobic and prone to violence at any second. It reminded me a lot of Chris Whitakers All the wicked girls,which is no bad thing,that was one of ...

    Bitter Sun is set in a small farming town in the mid-west of America in the early 1970s. At a time when the Vietnam war is in full swing and the unrelenting heat is threatening to ruin the harvest, a body is discovered by John, aged 13, his sister and two of their schoolfriends when th...

    If you're wanting a novel which encapsulates the claustrophobia and paranoia of life in a small town then look no further than Bitter Sun. Beginning in the baking hot summer of 1971, Johnny, his sister Jenny and their two friends Gloria and Rudy chance across the body of a young woman....

    Small-town America in the 1970's is the setting for this novel. The four main characters are young teenagers: Johnny Royal who narrates the story, his younger sister Jenny, and their two friends rich, privileged Gloria and boy-from-bad-family Rudy. Johnny and Jenny's simgle-parent moth...

    Bitter Sun is set in the small Midwest American town of Larson during the early 70's Told in the first person by 13 year old John Royal its about a hard upbringing in a tough community; the unrelenting heat, the Vietnam draft and families struggling to make a living. Its a descript...

    A book doesn't have to be set in a magical land and have dragons to be an epic. Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis proves this. Set over several summers, it tells the story of Johnny and his friends who one day stumble upon a dead body and find their lives forever changed. It is the characters' ...

    In 1971, four children find a dead body by a lake. As the official police investigation into the murder and identity of the young woman seems to reach a standstill, the children decide to solve the murder themselves. Yet, their investigation, too, fizzles out. However, dark secrets don...

    This was a very emotional read with a lot of darkness. I did find myself frustrated with Johnny's naivety, I sort of felt like the hard life he's had should have made him grow up a bit quicker. Why did he always see the best in his mum and the pastor? I had also expected the suicide pl...

    I am finding this book very hard going. It?s not compelling me to read it. I gave up after a few chapters but I am now trying again. It seems to take an age to get going with the story and I am thinking it is perhaps more for the American market than for the uk. I will continue to ...

    John is a likeable main character and the book has an intriguing story line that makes you want to keep reading. I found the revealing of the girl's killer a little anti-climatic but I enjoyed the unexpected and tragic series of events towards the end of the book ...