‘Until Summer Comes Around’ is the latest book by Glenn Rolfe.
When fifteen year old Rocky Zukas meets a mysterious dark-haired girl named November, his world is forever changed. The young couple falls under the spell of summer love, but not everyone approves. November s brother, Gabriel, is the keeper of the family s secret, and big brother is always watching, growing more sinister as his bloodlust gets the best of him. Directing his attention to Rocky s family, Gabriel aims to make sure little sister knows who is in charge.
Reminiscent of the 80’s cult classic ‘The Lost Boys’, which I absolutely loved and had on VHS. ‘Until Summer Comes Around’ was a book that I gobbled up in one sitting (pardon the pune).
Set in the 80’s in a small seaside town of Old Orchard Beach which thrives with strangers. We join teenage Rocky who falls in love with the mysterious and exotic Summer who distracts from the embarrassment of a back brace as well as keeps him company whilst his best friend goes to England for the summer holiday.
Summer makes Rocky forget his fears and brings out a new happiness in him, but sadly Summer is too good to be true. She’s a vampire on vacation with her older brother and mother. Summer has a heart and doesn’t want to kills humans but her brother Gabriel is ruthless and leaves a trail of bodies and missing people behind him.
As the death count rises, the town becomes on red alert and we see multiple narratives from the story as different people interact with Gabriel and they all make for gory and terrifying reading as they all meet their demise in horrifying circumstances.
Right from the start, this book is a gruesome and unsettling story with an interesting mix of characters. I loved Rocky with his love for 80’s power ballads and how Summer struggled with morals and mortality. Scenes with Gabriel were interesting and surprisingly funny as he played the cliche vampire card with sleeping in a coffin and he toyed with humans made for shocking reading. I also enjoyed how vividly Glenn wrote, with the descriptions of the fun fair and the beach, I almost felt I was there with Rocky as he strolled the pier with Summer.
A horror classic that’s riddled with blood, drama and teenage love, ‘Until Summer Comes Around’ is a rollercoaster of terror that kept me gripped until the final page.
You can buy ‘Until Summer Comes Around’ from Amazon and is available today from good bookshops.