Book Review – The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel…

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.
When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.
I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book starts off in a very disjointed way and is rather difficult to comprehend at first. However, it soon comes right, and is a beautifully written story.
Sal is an enigma. When he arrives in Breathed, he exudes wisdom beyond his apparent years. His words are poetry and the Bliss family are totally enamoured of him.
There are times that I do find the story a little hard to follow, and yet there are times when the writing is so breathtaking it is all you can do not to sob freely. The tragedies that embrace all of the main characters literally catch your heart and take your breath away. Your tears are falling before you finish a part of the story.
As the story unravels and we discover the deepest sadness of all, we are shown that sometimes the heat really does melt it all.
A four out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and St. Martens Press for my copy of this book.

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