There is just something about summer time that makes me want to get outside and read. Perhaps it’s the warm air, or maybe it’s just the feeling of nature surrounding me. Whatever the reason may be, summer is my favorite time to just relax with a good book. Today I’m partnering with Penguin Random House to share 4 Must-Read Summer Thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat! This post does contain affiliate links. As always, opinions are my own.
Thrillers are definitely among my favorite genre of books to read. I love a good story that keeps me wondering what’s next and has me flipping through the pages just to find out. Put a great book in my hand, and I’ll read it front to back, getting completely lost in the story, losing track of time. That’s exactly what these must-read summer thrillers have done and I think you’ll enjoy them too!
4 Must-Read Summer Thrillers
BAD – a sexy, wild thriller set in the heart of Rome by Chloe Esposito
Following up on the success of her over-the-top and incredibly thrilling debut, MAD, author Chloe Esposito brings you BAD (On-sale: July 24)— The second in the “Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know” trilogy, and yet another whirlwind of murderous rampage.
Alvie Knightly, fiery and hilarious anti-heroine, flees Sicily for a suite at the Ritz after her not-so-playful sibling rivalry ends in murder. Beautiful, spoiled Beth may be out of the way, but Alvie’s discovering what happens when you steal your twin’s identity. Now that Beth’s body has been found, the police are on her tracks, but they aren’t the only ones Alvie has to worry about. Her hot new boyfriend has vanished, along with every penny of their stolen riches—but Alvie is always up for a challenge.
She pursues the traitor to Rome in a life-or-death game of cat and mouse. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – but can Alvie get revenge before her own crimes catch up with her?
The Last Timed I Lied -the latest release by bestselling author of the genre Riley Sager
In the latest thriller from Riley Sager, the bestselling author of Final Girls, a young woman returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago. THE LAST TIME I LIED (On-sale: July 3) tells the story of Emma Davis as she returns to Camp Nightingale, the place where her friends and fellow campers Vivian, Natalie, Allison mysteriously disappeared one summer night, a night that still haunts her.
Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings—massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. When the paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale, she implores Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instruct. As Emma digs deeper, she finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing mysterious threats in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale and what really happened to those girls, the more she realizes that closure could come at a deadly price.
The Disappearing – the highly-anticipated suspense thriller by Lori Roy
Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy puts a gothic twist on an atmospheric tale about a small Southern town where girls disappear and boys run away.
THE DISAPPEARING (On-Sale: July 17) documents the journey of Lane Fielding, who fled her isolated Florida hometown after high school for the anonymity of New York City, she swore she’d never return. Twenty years later, newly divorced with two daughters, tending bar at the local dive, and living with her parents on the historic Fielding Plantation, her past haunts her and the sinister crimes of her father. Lane’s unsteady truce with the town is rattled when her older daughter suddenly vanishes, and when Lane’s younger daughter admits to having made a new and unseemly friend, a desperate Lane attacks her hometown’s façade to discover whether her daughter’s disappearance is payback for her father’s crimes–or for her own. Powerful and heart-pounding, The Disappearing questions the endurance of family bonds, the dangers of dark rumors and small town gossip, and how sometimes home is the scariest place of all.
Last Looks – a book jam-packed with crime and mystery by Howard Michael Gould
From seasoned screenwriter, playwright and executive producer Howard Michael Gould comes a razor-sharp, exquisitely paced, madly fun debut thriller that gleefully lampoons Hollywood culture and introduces the highly eccentric yet brilliant ex-detective gone rogue: Charlie Waldo.
LAST LOOKS (On-sale: May 15) follows Waldo, a onetime LAPD superstar, who now lives in solitude deep in the woods, pathologically committed to owning no more than one hundred possessions. He has left behind his career and his girlfriend, Lorena, to pay self-imposed penance for an awful misstep on an old murder case. But the old ghosts are about to come roaring back.
Alastair Pinch is a onetime Royal Shakespeare Company thespian who now slums it as the “wise” Southern judge on a tacky network show. He’s absurdly rich, often belligerent, and typically drunk—a damning combination when Alastair’s wife is found dead on their living room floor and he can’t remember what happened. Waldo’s old flame Lorena, hiding peril of her own, draws him toward the case, and Alastair’s greedy network convinces Waldo to take it on. But after such a long time away from both civilization and sleuthing, and array of assailants trying to get rid of him, Waldo must navigate complicated webs of ego and deceit to clear Alastair’s name… or confirm his guilt.
Which of these would you like to add to your summer reading list?