adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $25.51

Buy for $25.51

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Lee Mandelo's debut Summer Sons is a sweltering queer Southern Gothic that crosses Appalachian street racing with academic intrigue, all haunted by a hungry ghost.

Andrew and Eddie did everything together, best friends bonded more deeply than brothers, until Eddie left Andrew behind to start his graduate program at Vanderbilt. Six months later, only days before Andrew was to join him in Nashville, Eddie dies of an apparent suicide. He leaves Andrew a horrible inheritance: a roommate he doesn’t know, friends he never asked for, and a gruesome phantom that hungers for him.

As Andrew searches for the truth of Eddie’s death, he uncovers the lies and secrets left behind by the person he trusted most, discovering a family history soaked in blood and death. Whirling between the backstabbing academic world where Eddie spent his days and the circle of hot boys, fast cars, and hard drugs that ruled Eddie’s nights, the walls Andrew has built against the world begin to crumble, letting in the phantom that hungers to possess him.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tordotcom

©2021 Lee Mandelo (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Summer Sons is a Southern summer in book form: hot and hungry and haunting. I couldn't put it down." (Alix E. Harrow)

"At once a raw, beautifully written gothic and an adrenaline-fueled debut, Summer Sons heralds a rich new voice in speculative fiction. Lee Mandelo is for real." (Andy Davidson)

"Intense, sweaty, and literally haunting, Summer Sons is the Southern gothic tale of race cars and graduate school I didn't know I needed. Come for the slow-burn relationships, and stay for the scalding hot twists." (Annaee Newitz)

More from the same

What listeners say about Summer Sons

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    48
  • 4 Stars
    16
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    55
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    43
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A surprise of the best variety!

I wasn't sure about this book in the beginning. It was engrossing and written in such a way as to immerse the reader in the scenes as if they were living it themselves, touching all 5 senses at the perfect moments, more so than any of the books I have read recently.

I struggled in the beginning because the plot is the very definition of slow burn and the author builds the story bit by bit leaving pieces of the story for you to follow like frustrating bread crumbs. Because it was so well written I kept listening until the pieces slowly came into focus (as intended I'm sure) and it was well worth it. The narrator was well chosen. He made it easy to distinguish between characters and to follow the story as it unfolded while never distracting from the plot by using only the changes in pitch, volume and emotion that were called for and no more.

The author has combined bitter sweet romance, mystery and spine tingling spookiness in just the right quantities to create a story that comes to life all around you. The characters are believably realistic, flawed and equal amounts endearing and l irritating and unlike far too many M/M novels the focus is on the telling of the story and not rushed relationships or one sex scene after another (though what risque tidbits there are will leave you hot and bothered in all the best ways). It also managed to really and truly give me the creeps which is no easy feat.

It's's well worth the read/listen and I can't wait to see what else the author has written so I can add it to my collection. I highly recommend experiencing it for yourself. I can't imagine anyone regretting it.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent, Excellent Stuff

There isn't a single thing that I would change about this book. I absolutely loved it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

New Favorite

I couldn't put this book down. The perfect mix of slow burn romance, spooky supernatural, and brilliant writing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Favorite new read!

For my first audio book it'll be a hard second before something matches up!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

layered, entertaining and on the edge of your seat

hard to.put down. characters well developed and balanced. a great read for mystery and supernatural lovers

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

Struggled to finish!

Core of the story was decent but the over the top melodrama of the characters was irritating and honestly confusing. This was probably a combination of the writing and the narration. The interactions amongst the characters was wildly unrealistic and I found myself just frustrated. Also the obvious attempt at being "current" and "woke" was distracting and unnecessary . I hate giving up on books so I made it to the end but was left unsatisfied.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

excellently creepy

I was very pleased to find some paranormal fun reading in the LGBT category that is actual fiction. It's not a romance novel, even if there are people who are romantically involved. I listened to it while camping and nearly gave myself about 8 heart attacks. The relationships are interesting and the plot is very creative. The university campus shenanigans feel so real. The end is satisfying, which I require because real life isn't always that way. Awesome book!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good Story Good Horror

Andrew the protagonist, not so sweet
Sam is a hero to everybody. Riley character just great. Fabulous portrayal of young humanity at it's finest. Narration is fantastic.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Visceral and engaging

This book was AMAZING. Pulls you in right from the start with unbelievably rich prose.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-23-21

A fun horror

I really loved the characters and Andrew's growth and it ended in a satisfying arc.
Some aspects I found a tad predictable but I still enjoyed it.
The Voice Actor, Lee Mandelo does a stunning job at bringing this story to life.

I took a risk in trying out this book as I haven't found much success in finding any good LGBT Horror books but I was not disappointed.

I'm not much of a writer but I feel inspired to write my own story having read this.

Highly recommend

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Daniel Gough
  • Daniel Gough
  • 10-12-21

Sexy af but like… not super interesting

There seemed to be a fair bit of anticipation for this book and it was just okay, which made for a bit of an anticlimax.

I found that the main story was not as interesting to me as the homoerotic undertones that I desperately wanted to bubble to the surface. This either means I’m a horny piece of shit or the story was a bit thin.

The ‘magics’ that managed the supernatural aspect of the story were frustratingly vague and while nobody is asking for Harry Potter level explicitness, I would have liked some more clarity. The vagueness gave the writing this strange pretentious or forced tone that made me dislike it.

The narrators voice is BLOODY GORGEOUS and I could have listened to him read the phone book.

1 person found this helpful