Published Aug 2014
A small, bright thread of story weaves out from the moment of my passing and seems to tether me to this place. Perhaps this is why I have not left yet. Perhaps I have no choice but to follow the story to its end.
Black Dog Summer is the powerful and gripping story of a murdered woman watching from the heavens as her traumatised daughter adjusts to life with a new family.
Yesterday, Sally was living in an idyllic South African farmstead with her teenaged daughter Gigi. Now Sally is dead, murdered, and Gigi is alone in the world.
But Sally cannot die. She lingers unseen in her daughter’s shadow. When Gigi moves in with her aunt’s family, Sally comes too. When Gigi’s trauma stirs up long-buried secrets, Sally watches helplessly as the family begins to unravel.
Then Gig’s young cousin develops an obsession with African black magic, and events take a darker turn. Now Sally must find a way to stop her daughter from making a mistake that will destroy the lives of all who are left behind.