*I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher:
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.
This book is absolutely amazing. It’s beautiful, sad, dark, and touches on many challenging and polarizing topics. McDaniel’s ability to work through difficult or controversial topics draws similarities to my favourite author, John Irving (though their prose is nothing alike).
It’s difficult to say much about The Summer that Melted Everything without giving significant moments away, but I will say that I have never highlighted so many quotes from a single book! This book features one of the most touching moments between a mother and son that I’ve ever read – those who have read it will know what I am talking about.
The Summer that Melted Everything will probably go down as my favourite release of 2016 – I will be picking this up in hardcover soon, and plan to re-read this many times in the future. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the copy, I’m already looking forward to Tiffany McDaniel’s next book!