Well, it’s that time of year again. The weather is warming and after weeks of not doing much of anything, I’m itching to spend some time lazing on the beach with a book to bury my nose in for a few hours. The jury’s still out on whether we’ll actually be able to enjoy the beach, but books will always be there!
This season, I’m yearning for fast paced books that won’t let me put them down. So that’s what I’m sharing here today. This list is heavy on thrillers (simply given their nature), but I’ve tried to round it out a bit, so you’ll find psychological thriller to legal thriller and even a romance. All of these books have been published within the last six or seven months, so they should be easy to find to purchase online (or from your library’s e-book catalog, if you’re into that).
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In The Wives, Thursday and her husband Seth have a unique arrangement. Seth is married to two other women, and they each only see him one day a week. When Thursday discovers a secret about Seth, she wonders if she really knows her husband at all and sets off to uncover the truth. This was a bit of a mixed bag for me; it was so compulsively readable I finished it in practically one sitting, but I was disappointed with the ultimate resolution of the story. That said, if you’re looking for a psychological thriller you won’t want to put down, this may be up your alley.
The Bromance Book Club is a contemporary romance with a unique spin. Gavin and Thea’s marriage is in trouble, and Gavin’s friends bring him into their book club where they read romance novels to understand more about the women they love. The main characters are the kind you can really root for and they have plenty of chemistry that lights up these pages. If you’re looking for a fun romance to suck you in this summer, go ahead and give this a shot!
In The Holdout, Maya is a defense attorney who was part of a jury ten years ago that decided the prime suspect in a murder trial was not guilty. Now a true crime docuseries reassembles the jury with a particular focus on Maya. When one of the jurors is found dead, Maya must prove her own innocence by finally getting to the bottom of the case. This also delves into themes of race and bias, adding some nice depth to the story. Readers looking for a mystery/legal thriller might find this explosive and compelling story to their taste.
Follow Me follows Audrey as she moves to DC for her dream job, and as she shares the details of her life on Instagram, her followers gobble it up. But this move brings her closer to someone who is obsessed with her and is no longer content to follow her from a distance. This compulsively readable novel also makes an important point: be careful with what you choose to share online.
In You Are Not Alone, Shay Miller is an average woman trying to fit in but whose life is lonely. Until she meets the Moore sisters, Cassandra and Jane, who live a life of glamorous perfection. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better, and Shay thinks she wants their life. But they really want hers. Highly entertaining and unputdownable, fans of psychological thrillers might like this one!
There you have five page turners to pick up this summer! I’d love to hear from you! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?