Summer Reading

Summer Reading: New Mysteries and Thrillers

There’s something about hot summer days that call for must-read, page-turning books. Here are some new thrillers we’re looking forward to reading this summer.


All the Missing Girls: A Novel by Megan Miranda:

This is a story of two girls who went missing a decade apart. Can we say it any better than some of the advance reviews on Goodreads? We don’t think so: “Yes. This is what a thriller should be.” “Hold onto your hats! We’ve got a live one.” “Super twisty and held my attention from first page to last one.” Sold. We’re hitting the bookstore on June 28th, the day it comes out.


Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry:

A psychological thriller that lives up the hype. Nora arrives at her sister’s house for a routine visit, only to find her brutally murdered. Depressed and also obsessed with finding the murderer, Nora embarks on her own harrowing investigation, uncovering secrets along the way about the sister she thought she knew.


The Widow by Fiona Barton:

You can’t read about this book without hearing whispers of Gone Girl or Girl on a Train, comparisons which are bound to do it a disservice. This is a story of a wife, Jean, who stood by her husband when he was accused of a horrible crime. Did he do it? How much did she know? When her husband is killed, she is free to let the truth come out.


Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith:

Marrow Island is described as part mystery, part ecological thriller. The story itself sounds promising: Lucie Bowen left Marrow Island twenty years ago, after a devastating earthquake caused an oil refinery to explode which destroyed the island’s ecosystem. She returns after her childhood friend writes to tell her the island is inhabitable again and is home to the Marrow Colony, run by a charismatic leader. As Lucie investigates, she discovers the island’s rebirth has come at a great cost. Also recommended: Alexis M. Smith’s first novel,

Glaciers (A Tin House New Voice).


The Lost Girls: A Novel by Heather Young:

This book comes out on July 26th, a long time to wait for a book with all the fixings for a good summer read: it’s got an unsolved mystery, family secrets, and a near-haunted house on a lake.


I Let You Go by Clare Macintosh:

Jenna’s life is changed forever when her son is killed in a hit and run accident. She tries to put the past behind her, but the investigation uncovers from secrets from her past that threaten to shatter her life all over again.


Before the Fall by Noah Hawley:

On a foggy summer night, a private plane on its way to Martha’s Vineyard plunges into the ocean. There are only two survivors: a last minute addition to the flight—a down-on-his-luck painter, and the four year old son of the media mogul who owned the plane. Why did the plane crash, and was someone on board a target? A brilliant, suspenseful story.


Redemption Road: A Novel by John Hart:

Fans have been waiting five years for John Hart’s latest book, and early reviews indicate it’s been worth the wait. An intricately plotted crime thriller, it’s the story of three entwined characters coming to grips with a tragedy with plenty of twists and secrets.