But what’s summer without beach reads? From murder mysteries to backstabbing family dramas, here are the books to crack open as you kick back — after you’ve applied sunscreen, of course.
The Destroyers by Christopher Bollen
In this murder mystery set on the glamorous island of Patmos in Greece, Christoper Bollen (Orient and Lighting People) takes us on a very sophisticated, stylish journey. Plus, he brings the beauty of the island to life. The novel is the ideal beach read because Bollen’s writing is sharp, and the story is exciting and keeps you guessing as to what game is being played and who is masterminding it all.
Party Girls Die in Pearls: An Oxford Girl Mystery by Plum Sykes
This summer, Plum Sykes’s latest book takes us back to 1985, the height of big hair and even bigger parties. At Oxford University, a student finds a dead body and sets out to solve the case, with the help of an American classmate. Sykes gives an inside look into this elite college and all its strange, old traditions. Sykes, a fashion insider, can mock her world while simultaneously immersing readers in it.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
The last of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, Rich People Problems finally tells us what happens to this nutty, entertaining family. Set predominately in Singapore with some side trips to Rajasthan, Laos, and a remote island off the Palawan coast of the Philippines, this last book is ridiculously funny. Kevin Kwan obviously knows this world well and delves into jealousy, backstabbing, and family feuds. A total guilty pleasure, minus the guilt.
Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
In a sleepy suburb of Colorado, a high school girl’s dead body is discovered and three main characters emerge as the twisty plot unfolds. Gossip and innuendo spread, and a small town is ripped apart as people question and doubt one another. Hard to believe this whodunit is from a fist-time author. Think Gillan Flynn of 2017.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train was the ultimate thriller, told by an unreliable narrator, with more twists and turns than a German autobahn. How do you follow that up? Jump into the water, for starters, and switch your locale to the quaint English countryside, which has an extremely dark underbelly. We suspect Hawkins has another hit on her hands, even though reviews have been somewhat more muted.
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