Happy Summer! Being the time of sun, sand, pools and beaches––these reviews are my choices for some great vacay reads. I enjoy two kinds of summer novels: the mysterious and suspenseful or the fun, soapy story––that hopefully takes place in a beach town.
My first choice is of the latter kind. The High Season by Judy Blundell (Random House, May 2018), is juicy, gossipy fun. It revolves around Ruthie and her perfect beach house in a quiet Long Island village, dubbed The Orient. Ruthie, her ex-husband Mike and their teenage daughter Jem, love their house but in order to afford to keep it, they rent it out for the summers to rich socialites. This year, the renter is Adeline Clay; and, Ruthie has no idea how much this renter will change her life and the lives of people around her. This book is witty, sharp, yet deep and has all the summer feels.
My next pick is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, (Celadon Books, February 2019). Alicia seems to have the perfect life, so why did shoot her beloved husband five times in the face? We may never know because once the deed is done, Alicia never utters another word. Criminal psychotherapist, Theo Faber is determined to work with Alicia. He believes he is the only one who can get her to talk about why she murdered her husband. But, will Theo’s all consuming search for the truth end up destroying him? This story is unique and quirky and has an ending you’ll never see coming.
My third pick is another thriller, The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (William Morrow, February 2019), and takes place in a isolated luxury lodge in the Scottish Highlands. For a group of college friends, spending New Years together is a long-standing tradition. But, this year things go terribly wrong as a blizzard sets in and old tensions between the group flare up. Nine friends arrive together, but only eight will come out alive. Amongst the friends is a cold-blooded killer. This novel is an exciting read, beautifully detailed and has an excellent ending.
These are my summer reading picks. I hope you have a fantastic summer and have time to relax enjoy some great books!