"You don’t live here, so you don’t know the stories. But everyone in Dunehampton knows. About the murders, I mean."
"Who was murdered?" Ashley asked, crossing her arms over her chest as if for protection.
"Teenagers," was Kip’s curt reply.
The bloody bathing suit, the title in big bloody block letters, the gratuitous ellipses…. If you aren’t excited about this cover, then I don’t know what to tell you.
THE BACK SAYS:
SWIM. SUNBATHE. DIE.
The sun is hot. The water’s cold. And the kids are cool.
Too cool to live.
Because a killer is stalking them, one by one. A killer who never leaves a clue. Who disappears as completely as a footprint in the sand.
A killer who has found a very special place in the sun for some very special fun….
HOW WE KNOW THIS BOOK TAKES PLACE IN THE NINETIES:
Day Glo, Vanilla Ice. Also this:
Nearby, two tall young black men in baggy Hammer pants were practicing a complicated dance step, their bare feet sinking into the sand, their boom box blaring.
HOW WE KNOW THIS BOOK ALSO TAKES PLACE IN THE FIFTIES:
OBLIGATORY CLOTHING DESCRIPTION:
He was wearing blue spandex trunks, very tight, and a red and white Grateful Dead T-shirt, several sizes too big.
Beach House switches back and forth between the summer of 1956 and This Summer (which, according to the publishing date, is I guess summer of ‘91 or ‘92). All of the murders occur in the 1956 parts of the book, which means that in the 1991 sections… not a lot really happens. Teens lounge around on the beach and occasionally ponder the mysterious, titular house on the beach. There’s a particularly gruesome scene early on in which The Killer lures a girl out into the water, stabs her a bunch of times, and leaves her for the sharks. Another kid gets killed with a driftwood log. Also, pretty much everything in this book is described as “dramatic,” “intense,” and/or “serious.”
BUT THEN THERE’S A TWIST: