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Cruel Summer review – Pretty Little Liars meets Memento in dark teen thriller

Cruel Summer review – Pretty Little Liars meets Memento in dark teen thriller

Don’t expect an easy ride from Amazon’s 90s mystery about a horrific kidnapping. But do expect to be hooked

Cruel Summer is a cruel mistress. Amazon’s new 10-episode non-murder-mystery drama is set over three summers in the 90s, bouncing about among them in every instalment. How well you get along with it will depend on how much energy you have, how delicately attuned you are to changes in hairstyle and makeup, and how well your viewing device reproduces the different filters and colour palettes of each year.

Once you do have your eye in, the underlying story that emerges is a good ’un. In 1993, Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia) is an unselfconscious, bespectacled teenage girl just on the nerd side of the tracks, who has two good, similar friends Vincent (Allius Barnes) and Mallory (Harley Quinn Smith) with whom she happily goofs around. Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) is

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