Need some good vacation books that aren’t Gone Girl, Girl on the Train or Big Little Lies? We all hear about the super hyped books all the time, and don’t get me wrong, they’re good (they’re hyped for a reason) but if you’re looking for something else for your next long flight or beach vacation, here are some of the best summer reads to consider!
The Good Girl, Mary Kubica
Great thriller about twenty-something woman from Chicago that goes missing but then turns back up, unharmed, except she has no memory of what happened during that critical time she was kidnapped. The story is told from a few different perspectives, building suspense and mystery as you try to solve the bizarre puzzle.
In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware
This one’s what I’d call a light suspense thriller/murder mystery. Easy read, entertaining, not exactly what I’d call literature, but good for the beach. A bachelorette party at a gorgeously mod home out in the middle of nowhere in the English countryside gets dark quick when cell phones lose service, party attendees start acting weird, signs of intruders start eerily popping up and the truth lies behind the veil of trauma-induced amnesia.
Reconstructing Amelia, Kimberly McCreight
A young teenager, Amelia, attending high school in trendy Park Slope, Brooklyn suddenly commits suicide after being caught cheating on her exams. After an anonymous tip that Amelia may not have jumped on her own, her young mom, Kate, launches into an investigation of her own, a dark and mysterious story unraveling through the late Amelia’s text messages, social media posts and internet activity.
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
This World War II novel based on real happenings during 1940’s France is a real page-turner. It ranges from suspenseful to hopeful to gut-wrenching. Don’t worry if you’re not into history. It’s a really engaging story about two young women struggling to survive, dealing with German soldiers occupying their home. It makes you wonder how far you would go to protect yourself and the people around you in terrifying danger.
The Weekenders: A Novel, Mary Kay Andrews
Another ‘fun’ murder mystery read, The Weekenders takes us to a vacation island off of North Carolina where gossip, beach mansions, cocktail parties and mystery abound. Riley, one of the level-headed ones in this circle of excess and money, suddenly finds herself wrapped up in scandal as her husband disappears and secrets rise to the surface.
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