What July knew


Summer, 1995. On her tenth birthday, July’s teacher sets the class a project to find out about a relation they don’t know. It’s easy for July to choose her subject. She doesn’t remember her mother, who died when she was small, and her father refuses to talk about her. Ever. The only memories she has of her are flashbacks from the accident that claimed her mother’s life. But then she receives the note: ‘She didn’t die in a car accident’. Determined to discover what really happened, July begins to investigate, cycling around the street where her family used to live and questioning the neighbours. When she is caught snooping round a crumbling house at the end of the road, she learns that the man living there was the last person to see July’s mother alive.

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SKU: 9781784709433 Categories: , , Tag: Publisher/imprint : Vintage
Page count : 320
Published on 20th July, 2023


One death. Eighteen facts. What’s the truth?

How do you solve the mystery of your mother’s death if no one wants to talk about her? Not even your family. Especially not them.

July knows a lot about her mother. She knows that she loved dancing on tables. That she was covered in freckles. She also knows that she misses her. Her mother died in a car crash when July was little. Or so she’s been told.

July is determined to find out the truth. But it might be more painful than the lies she’s been told all these years.

A compelling and moving mystery about family, community and the secrets people keep to protect those they love. Perfect for fans of Joanna Cannon, Janice Hallett and Elizabeth is Missing.

Praise for What July Knew:

‘July Hooper is a brilliant creation. . . a captivating story’ T.M. Logan

‘Touchingly effective in conveying a childhood lived in fear’ Sunday Times

‘Tenderly told and utterly compelling, full of twists and surprises’ Emma Stonex

‘Funny, thrilling, nostalgic and deeply affecting’ Chris Whitaker

Additional information

Weight 0.237 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2 cm