I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Book - 1999
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It was only an accident -- but it would change their lives forever. Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But some secrets don't stay buried, and someone has learned the truth. Someone bent on revenge. This summer, the horror is only beginning....

Baker & Taylor
Four teenagers try to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident while being pursued by a mystery figure seeking revenge

Baker
& Taylor

When four friends make a pact to keep a terrible accident a secret, things take a turn for the worse as someone from outside their privileged group learns about the secret and decides to seek revenge on them all. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1999, c1973.
ISBN: 9780440228448
0440228441
9780881035162
0881035165
9780316098991
Characteristics: 199 p. ; 18 cm.

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My sister was a Lois Duncan fan and so of course I read them all, even though the cover of Summer of Fear gave me as many nightmares as the content. When they made this into a movie I read a few of her books over again and yup, still frightening, even as an adult. (Though the part in this one abo... Read More »


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Slytherin_
Aug 03, 2017

It was a good summer read, I went through it in two days. I wanted to like the characters, but didn't really connect with any of them. I found myself reading to get it done rather than feeling like I couldn't put it down. I figured out the ending half-way through, but still a good read if you need a filler novel.

KateHillier Jul 21, 2016

A classic summer thriller, redone for a more modern reader. We have updated language, technology, and political situations but it's the same story. Four teenagers are involved in a terrible thing, swear each other to secrecy, until one of them gets a letter with only the title's sentence on it.

Unlike the film this is no slasher. You have an all encompassing mystery involving four people who really don't want anything to do with each other anymore. Compounded in this is the pact of silence - there is nowhere they can turn. Instead they end up having to work with each other and really, really face the facts of what they did.

It's a quick read, the updates aren't all that jarring, and it's still a great bit of nostalgia for me to be reading these again.

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LoganHobo78
Oct 21, 2015

First know that this is not the original text of the 1973 book, but an updated version from 2003.

Second, other than the basic premise, this is completely different from the movie. This is more of a mystery / suspense novel, not a horror novel. So if you're expecting blood and guts and a guy with a hook, you'll be disappointed.

I liked the (bad) movie better. There's not much action in the book. But it's a quick read.

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ZevaRose
Jan 29, 2014

This book was made in 1973
before the movie. The somehow they made a second and third movie based on 1 book!? Yet, Movies aren't similar to book AT ALL!

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zaire189
Apr 12, 2012

The book was good! I expected it to be similar to the movie but it was so different and had a much better plot. I guess it's always like that. Books are always better than its movie versions.

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Sumayah Briglio
May 20, 2010

Four teen-agers who have desperately tried to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident are pursued by a mystery figure seeking revenge.

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