Beachy reads and women’s fiction tend to be the books most readers reach for while soaking up the sun on the beach or by the pool in the summer. I have nothing against the books in these categories; but this collection of titles is for readers who are looking for a little more edge to go with their poolside margarita.
In these next few weeks leading up to the start of summer in June, I am releasing a different installment of one huge “Summer is for Thrillers” reading list. Paired with each category is a fun summer snack recipe, matching that particular brand of thriller. The categories are:
Week 1: Edge of Your Seat
Week 2: Slow Burn
Week 3: Downright Scary
Week 4: Dark and Twisty
Week 5: Tried and True Classic
For the first installment in this five-part series, “Edge of Your Seat,” I selected books for their page-turning qualities. These books grab you and don’t let go. Slather on the sunscreen and settle in because you won’t be able to tear yourself away.
Eat this Truffled Popcorn while you read and forego the bother of having to turn your head away from these unputdownable books.
No Exit is an action packed thrill ride for lovers of an edgy and intense story.
The Silent Patient is a fast-paced psychological thriller with an unbelievably shocking ending. Update: I read this in late May and loved it. It was a fast read with a twist that completely caught me off guard.
More of an emotional read, the Night Olivia Fell is a domestic suspense about a mother’s worst nightmare and her fight to find the truth about what happened to her daughter.
Everyone seems to be talking about The Current. I will be honest. I could not get through Johnston’s 2016 book, Descent, but even so, I could not deny his skilled writing. For that reason, I have this one high up on my TBR.
Verity is totally unlike Colleen Hoovers’ other novels. Readers say it is dark, shocking and unputdownable. It was the book most suggested to me on Instagram during a recent reading slump. I have a copy waiting on my Kindle. Update: I DNFed this one after about 100 pages. I will say that it is definitely dark and in the end, it was too dark for me.
The Last Time I Lied – A past incident at a creepy sleep-a-way camp….a woman involved in said incident returns as an adult to find out what really happened back then….sign me up!
The Night Before – (coming out May 14th). I keep hearing this one is best read without knowing too much about the plot so all I am going to say is, it starts with a blind date…
Dear Wife is a highly anticipated new release coming out this summer. An emotionally charged domestic thriller with a crazy twist, this one is already earning quite a bit of buzz. Get it June 25th!
Which books do you plan on reading this summer? Do you like thrillers or more of a traditional “beach read”?