Review – Summer Fever – Kate Riordan

Over on NetGalley the tagline for this book reads ‘the hottest psychological suspense of the summer’. I must admit that I was drawn to request this book since it is set in Italy and what is not to like about that. Plus I have never read a book by Kate Riordan.

Title: Summer Fever

Author: Kate Riordan

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Format: ebook

Publication Date: 12th May 2022


Two couples. One sweltering Italian villa . . .

Nick and Laura are the hosts: pretending their marriage isn’t on the rocks.

Madison and Bastian are the guests: neither is remotely who they claim to be.

Under the scorching Mediterranean sun, no secret is safe.

No betrayal goes unnoticed.

Two couples. But will either survive the summer . . .

My Thoughts:

I have lived in Italy and I have read books and articles relating to people buying villas and renovating. Some people escaping the cold and wet of England to retreat to the Italian sun and the romance of ‘la dolce vita‘.

As I mentioned earlier this is the first book of Riordan’s that I have read so I am new to her writing style and was open to see how she depicts characters and setting.

I was rather hooked early on to be fair.

You have Laura and Nick who have bought a villa in Italy that they want to use as a guesthouse. Things haven’t been easy for them in England due to the fact of several rounds of failed IVF. There appears to be other things at play as well. But their relationship does seem to be on the rocks. Also Laura laps up any flirtation that comes her way.

It becomes apparent that she has started communicating with someone from her past. Whether this is a good or bad thing isn’t clear straight away.

We have her supportive best friend Lou who knows about Laura’s past and present.

Then there are the first guests Madison and Bastian. They are Americans and perhaps not entirely what they seem either.

I really did enjoy reading this book. It set the scene perfectly and I found myself not wanting to put it down.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy.