It’s beach book season.
Summer is fast approaching and with it comes the new books you’ll be reading on a plane, train, at a seaside escape or from the comfort of your own couch (because poverty). There are a few promising debuts mixed in with some highly anticipated work from our perennial favorites and they range in genre from mystery thriller to tear-jerking chick lit.
Here are the best new books of summer 2017.
1. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins. Release date: May 2. The highly anticipated second novel from “The Girl on the Train” author is another psychological thriller that will keep you guessing till the end. A single mom and teenage girl turn up dead at the bottom of a river just a few months apart – and they’re not the first. In their wake, they leave behind a 15-year-old who’s dumped on her mother’s sister – a stranger to her who deliberately ran from this place years before.
2. “Since We Fell” by Dennis Lehane. Release date: May 9. Author of “Mystic River,” Lehane introduces readers to a journalist who has a breakdown on air and recoils away from most of the world, except for her husband. But one chance encounter shakes up the shut-in life she created for herself and forces her into a world of violence, lies and lunacy.
3. “Camino Island” by John Grisham. Release date: June 6. A vault – insured for $25 million – below Princeton University’s Firestone Library is the focus of a group of thieves. In sleepy Santa Rosa on Camino Island, Florida, bookstore owner Bruce Cable dabbles, occasionally, in the black market trade of stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann, a recently fired teacher and novelist, is approached by a mysterious organization that ties them all together.
4. “Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz. Release date: June 6. The New York Times bestselling author delivers this thriller when an editor is given the manuscript of a familiar author who writes about mysteries surrounding a recurring detective character. But this book within a book is different, and there’s a level of realness to it that puts the narrator on edge and turns the reader into the detective.
5. “The Beach at Painter’s Cove” by Shelley Noble. Release date: June 13. Four generations of women reunite to restore their family’s beach-side, colossal home in Connecticut. For a whole summer, the girls are stuck together – in sometimes too-close proximity – and have to deal with the fact that several decades’ worth of secrets and drama are bound to be unleashed. The mansion, Muses by the Sea, is no stranger to scandal.
6. “The Lake Effect” by Erin McCahan. Release date: July 11. A coming-of-age, YA story that takes place during the summer between high school and college, this novel embodies what the term “lake effect” actually means. A young man is skipping out on his ex-girlfriend and his parents’ bickering over money for Lake Michigan and the big, beautiful home/job on the water that awaits him. There, he’ll be working a summer gig as a personal assistant. When he arrives, however, his 84-year-old boss gifts him a suit and tells him to get ready for her funeral.
7. “Beautiful Bodies” by Kimberly Rae Miller. Release date: July 25. A memoir about struggling with weight and body image, Miller’s story is one that any woman can slip into with great ease. She was inspired to go on her first diet after watching “Sesame Street” at the ripe old age of four and never looked back. She’s spent her career as a writer and editor working on celebrity best-sellers, detailing, with a large grain of salt, the natural ease that the rich and famous have when it comes to fitness, all while killing herself trying to achieve that elusive “perfect body.”
8. “The Seventh Function of Language” by Laurent Binet. Release date: Aug. 1. The somewhat ridiculous but nevertheless intriguing premise: “what if Roland Barthes’ death was not an accident but, instead, a murder?” is the tipping point in this gripping search for a lost manuscript. In 1980’s Paris, the famed literary critic is killed by a rogue laundry van and ignites on Binet’s pages a mystery through history, weaving fact and fiction through to the truth.
9. “Stay With Me” by Ayobami Adebayo. Release date: Aug. 22. A young couple meets, falls in love and marries right after university and, although their culture suggests otherwise, decides together that polygamy is not for them. Until, however, four years into their marriage, they’re still unable to conceive a child and a second wife is introduced into their relationship. Confused, livid and heartbroken, young wife Yejide is thrust into a situation she never signed up for, all in the name of family.
Source: Ny Daily News