This is the perfect book for those who love historical novels with spells, sexual tension, and tasteful furnishings. It will also tick the boxes for readers who enjoy murder mysteries that happen on seemingly alive family estates. This book is magically queer, luscious, sexy, and absolutely wonderful.
This is such an artfully done psychological horror novel that though I felt like reading it in one go, I had to periodically put it down. It's a spine-tingling, horrifying, moving, emotional ride. Even when I thought I knew what was going on, the novel took me to a different place (do not peek at the afterword, you will be spoiled!). Catriona Ward is definitely a must-read horror writer.
Summer Fun is an absolutely wild ride of obsession, music fandom, and trans identity. It shimmers with a particular queer high magic, a spell that's beyond sentences. It is a new form of an epistolary novel that immerses you in Thornton's vision of 1960s New Mexico and the messy, complex inner world of the characters. If you loved Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, by Andrea Lawlor, or Vernon Subutex, by Virginie Despentes, this is your next read.