Beach season is upon us. So while packing your beach tote with SPF and a floppy hat, you’ll want to toss in a great summer read, too. We studied last year’s favorites (think: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger) and narrowed down this season’s best reads a list of books that fit right in with last year’s top sellers. Read on to find the hot new book that speaks to your personal preference.
If you loved Gone Girl, you’ll love You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz ($26; amazon.com). It’s a psychological thriller with a Manhattan therapist who discovers that her perfect life is not what it seems when she uncovers shocking truths about those closest to her.
If Friday Night Lights was one of your faves, you’ll enjoy The One & Only by Emily Giffin ($28; amazon.com). But be sure to throw a back of tissues in that beach tote because this one is a tearjerker: A tale of friendship and loyalty in a small, football-crazed Texas town shows how quickly things can change when tragedy challenges all that the characters hold dear.
If Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter was up your alley, try The Vacationers by Emma Straub ($27; amazon.com). With the Spanish island of Mallorca as the backdrop, Straub tells the penetrating story of family tensions rising to the surface over a summer vacation. We assure you, it’s too compelling to leave your chaise longue!
If you enjoyed Room by Emma Donoghue, pick up the author’s newest title Frog Music ($27; at amazon.com). Donoghue brings the same sensitivity to this period piece, which explores the unsolved 1876 San Francisco murder of Jenny Bonnet through the eyes of the bohemian friend she left behind.
All of these page turners will keep your eyes glued to the
screen pages and entertained while soaking up the sun.
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