There’s never a better time to pick up a book than the summer! I love bringing a great book to the beach and getting lost in the story while I work on my tan. With this week being the official start of summer, I thought I would round up my recommended reads for this summer for you to dive into.
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Jack & Grace seem to have it all. Money, a beautiful home, a happy marriage. They are the seemingly perfect couple. But what lies beneath the surface? Are they truly as happy as they appear? This page turner alternates between Grace’s point of view in the past & present. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat!
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
A secret organization cultivates a society of teenage spies called “Love Interests.” What are the tasks of these agents? They are thrown out in the world to gain the love & trust of some of the most powerful people in society in order to gain valuable secrets and information. Dylan & Caden are sent to the outside world for the first time in order to compete for the same mark. A lot is at stake for them both. Whoever is not chosen as the loved one by the mark is killed by the organization. With their lives on the line the competition heats up and they go to extreme lengths to survive. However, in the process they learn things about themselves and have unexpected feelings get in the way of their task. This book was an exciting and adventurous read while also incorporating ideas of romance & young love. The book totally challenges the typical love triangle and I loved how unique it was.
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
If you read A Girl on The Train, you need to read this. This is the author’s next novel; another psychological thriller meant to keep you guessing throughout the story. In Beckford, England, multiple women over the years have died by drowning at the river pools. More recently, a young teenage girl and then a single mom seem to commit suicide via drowning in the matter of months. Are their deaths connected in some way? When Julia’s estranged sister dies and leaves her 15 year old daughter alone, she is forced to return back to the town she left years ago and try to figure out what happened to her sister. The story weaves through the viewpoints of multiple characters, leaving you constantly in suspense but also allowing you to get to know the characters in depth and great detail which is something that you do not always get from a story. You won’t be able to rest until you know what happened to them both.
This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Taking place over the course of one school day, this book is a quick read that unravels the stories of multiple teenagers while they are trapped in their high school during a horrific event; a school shooting. This story hits close to home with all the headlines we’ve seen in the news lately. The amount of gun violence we’ve heard about in the world recently has been unprecedented. Nijkamp’s writing tugs at your heart strings and makes you feel like you are experiencing it first hand. It’s gut wrenching. While it’s quite the tearjerker, it is also an eye opening story that gives outsiders a perspective into what that kind of terrifying horror could truly be like.
The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
If you’ve read All the Missing Girls and liked it, you need to read this too. This story follows Leah, a failed investigative journalist, as she moves and starts her life over as a teacher with her post college roommate. But, when she gets to town and not soon after a young woman who looks just like her turns up dead and her roommate goes missing she sets out to do some investigative work on her own. She soon finds out she may have never known her roommate at all. I couldn’t put this one down until I knew how it ended!