I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer - Lois Duncan

I've seen the sequel to this movie, but never the original movie and I'm not sure I've ever read anything by Lois Duncan at all, so this was a lot of fun.

 

I think I might have really loved it (and probably scarfed down the rest of what she has written, which appears to be quite a bit) had I picked it up when I was a bit younger, but this was still an enjoyable ride.

 

The characters were a bit thinly painted for me, but there was enough there to give a clear picture of each and they felt distinct. I was rooting for them not to die, which is sometimes more than I manage in a thriller, so that was well-done.

 

I was kind of expecting the twist that he was

related to the dead child,

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but was thrown by the sudden reveal that he was actually

both boys.

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I actually didn't see that bit coming.

 

This was decently suspenseful throughout. It does feel a bit strange, however, because the book both started and ended in such a way that I was left feeling like I was missing a chapter. It's not that things are not wrapped up in a tidy little bow (I like that, actually), but that there is almost nothing that happens after the big confrontation. There is no wrap-up, and there is very little build-up before things start either. I'm not sure how I feel about that--it almost feels too edited.

 

I'll probably pick up another book by Lois Duncan simply because they are quick and interesting reads and I feel pretty confident I will like it, if not love it.