Sixteen-year-old Nicki is sent to stay at her grandfather’s cabin near the town of Punishment in the Mendocino Forest. As always, she hides her burn scars and keeps quiet about the mother who ran out on her. But soon after arriving, she begins to suspect Grandpa is also keeping secrets. Her exile brings an unexpected bright spot—Grandpa’s German shepherd, Queenie. The hunky neighbor boy’s another plus, though she quickly starts to doubt his honesty. From secret pot farms to human trafficking, Nicki discovers nothing in the ‘Mendo’ is what it seems. When Grandpa takes off and the lives of new friends are endangered, Nicki must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect those she cares about. Before summer ends, Nicki will learn there are some choices she can’t undo. It’s a good thing Grandpa taught her how to shoot.
*I received a free copy of Punishment Summer from the author Peggy Rothschild in exchange for an honest review*
I am giving Punishment Summer by Peggy Rothschild 5/5 stars.
I’ll be honest, when I started Punishment Summer, I didn’t know what to expect or how I was going to feel about it. I mean the synopsis makes it seem like there is a lot going on, and well there is, but it all ties in together so well that it isn’t overwhelming which I thought it might be. Now, it is not overwhelming in the sense of so much going on, but there were countless times I felt overwhelmed sitting on the edge of my seat seeing what was going to happen next.
Punishment Summer is one of those suspenseful novels, that just keeps the suspense and shocks keep coming. The first few chapters are quite a bit slow compared to the rest of the novels, so when the suspense starts out of nowhere it really hits you hard when you’re reading. You see Nicki go to this regular summer out in the backwoods with her Grandpa into this crazy adventure in which Nicki finds herself in more than one way.
There are definitely quite a few twists in the novels that I did not see or expect. The biggest one for me, you find out towards the end of the story and I had to set the book down so I could process what Nicki and myself just found out.
I ended up reading Punishment Summer in the course of a day, because I just couldn’t get enough of the story and of Nicki. I found it refreshing having Nicki as this strong female character who at first you feel needs the help of someone, but in the end becomes the person saving others. Overall bravo Peggy Rothschild, bravo!
About the Author:
Always a mystery-lover, I embraced the tales of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys before graduating to the adult section of the library. An English major in high school, I switched to art — my other passion — in college. At present, I live in the beach community of Ventura with my husband and our cats. In my spare time, I focus on transforming our yard into a drought-tolerant paradise.