From our friends at BookSparks
Summer is here, and that means our reading appetites are in full swing. We rounded up 20 of this summer’s most buzzed about titles that are sure to make a big splash in the literary world and compliment all of your summer adventures. From sweet suspense and epic family dramas to quintessential beach reads, add these reads to your summer picnic basket to satisfy your literary cravings.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The bestselling author of The Girl on the Train returns with a summer blockbuster of engrossing literary suspense: Into the Water. When a single mother turns up dead at the bottom of a lake, her teenage daughter is left in an aunt’s care…but the arrangement is anything less than simple. A twisty and maddening reading experience that will leave readers guessing until the unnerving conclusion, this is classic Hawkins storytelling.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
A Chinese family torn apart by fortune, psychotic ex-wives, jealousy and a battle for inheritance – yes, this is just as entertaining as it sounds. Kevin Kwan delivers the ultimate summer read with his much-anticipated family drama, Rich People Problems – trust us, it doesn’t disappoint.
The People We Hate at The Wedding by Grant Ginder
Craving a dose of dysfunctional family? Well, you just stumbled upon this summer’s best version of it. When Paul and Alice reunite with their flamboyant mother for the lavish wedding of their half-sister Eloise in London, what unfolds is anything but family peace. The hilariously unforgettable story of a less than perfect family, The People We Hate at The Wedding will leave you grateful for your own strange clan.
The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore
When her father injures himself in a boating accident, Eliza Barnes leaves her affluent Massachusetts surroundings for her small Maine hometown: Little Harbor. Combine an emotional homecoming with the reemergence of first love and old secrets, and you have a classic summer beach read you won’t be able to put down (really, not even for a moment).
The Rules of Half by Jenna Patrick
The death of an infant daughter and his severe bipolar disorder has Will Fletcher questioning everything about his life – especially his ability to be a father. When a 15-year-old girl turns up at his door claiming to be his daughter, will he step over his darkest fears to be there for her? This breathtaking tale of a small town family is one of the most unique literary explorations of mental disorder in modern fiction.
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Deming Guo grows up in a web of sadness, insecurity and confusion after his Chinese immigrant mother disappears one day on her way to work. Meanwhile, his incognito mother Polly must grapple with her circumstances and make heartbreaking decisions to steer her unpredictable fate. An epic global story about growing pains and facing the mistakes of the past, The Leavers is one of this summer’s most exquisite works of prose.
Light Radiance Splendor by Leah Chyten
For those readers in need of a spiritual awakening this summer, this enchanting event in religious fiction will captivate your soul from the first word to the mesmerizing last. The divine Shekinah must escape exile in order to restore light, peace and forgiveness to the world – but is it far too late? A magical summer treat that transports you to another world, Light Radiance Splendor is a powerful healing experience within itself.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
From the master of heart-captivating sweeping stories, Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers another literary hit (with a star heroine) that will be the talk of every beach reader this summer. Aging Hollywood starlet Evelyn Hugo hires junior magazine reporter Monique Grant to pen the story of her life…but why? A vibrant and touching celebration of life, truth and old Hollywood, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo will dazzle every summer reader who picks it up.
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Two identical twin sisters living in picturesque coastal New England on the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard– the problem? Well, they haven’t seen each other in over a decade. When a family crisis forces them to switch lives (and islands), old resentments, blossoming love and mistaken identities boil into one of the most addictive family dramas of the year.
It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
Or is it? This suspenseful and captivating read takes us on one of the most anticipated adventures of summer reading. Three college roommates become frenemies over the course of two decades…but will their deep-harbored envies be enough to cause a murder? When one ends up dead, readers will be asking themselves one tell-all question: is it always the husband, or is there a more sinister force at play?
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green
When former Hollywood starlet Ronni Sunshine calls her three estranged (and wildly different) daughters back home to help her peacefully end her life, what unfolds is one of the sweetest and hysterical family dramas of summer. Will deep jealousies, hidden secrets, and huge fears tear their sisterhood apart forever, or will love finally patch their family back together?
In This Moment by Karma Brown
When Meg Pepper gestures to a teenage boy to cross the road, he is hit by a car, changing her life forever. Racked with guilt, she remains by the boy’s side during the entire rehab process, but in the process Meg finds herself drifting apart from her own family… and dangerously closer to the boy’s father. A spectacular and emotionally rich exploration of the irreversible ways tiny decisions can make the greatest impacts on life, In This Moment will haunt the heart of every reader.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
In need of a historical fiction fix and your favorite new heroines? Look no further, you just discovered your new go-to historical escape and your new fictional woman crushes. A female spy recruited for the Alice Network in France and an American socialite are brought together in unforgettable ways that will captivate the imagination of every reader. A brave tale of courage, redemption and determination to find the truth, The Alice Network is one of summer’s most moving tales.
The Half-Life of Remorse by Grant Jarrett (SparkPress)
Two lost and emotionally scarred souls meet on the streets of Indiana, but both are unaware that their paths crossed many years before…and trust us, it’s complicated. A moving literary trifecta of psychological trauma, criminal records, and deeply dysfunctional families, The Half-Life of Remorse is the read that will break your heart and patch it back together again, page by touching page.
The Café by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
Flora never looked back when she left her tiny Irish village for a new life in bustling London, but then fate intervenes. Forced to return to her family and roots (very reluctantly), Flora discovers there is much more to her hometown than she ever realized, including a building by the sea in need of serious restoration. A spectacular celebration of discovering future in the past, The Café by the Sea is mandatory reading material this summer.
Lying to Children by Alex Shahla
A fictional father pens loving letters to his college-aged daughter and son about their family’s tumultuous and hysterical history — the good, the bad and the simply awkward. A wonderful literary celebration of the white lies parents often feed children in an attempt to protect them, Lying to Children is one of this summer’s most hysterical reads.
Proof by C.E. Tobisman
The adventures of techie-turned-attorney Caroline Auden continue when she discovers the charity her late grandmother unexpectedly left her estate to is based on everything but good will. As Caroline digs deeper into the charity’s background, she discovers a sinister plot that sends her running for her life in the streets of Los Angeles. It’s rare that a sequel lives up to its predecessor, but Proof is a thrilling crime-solving mystery for every level of the imagination.
The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon
Beach read veteran, Hannah McKinnon returns with a summer family drama that needs to be in your straw tote bag immediately. Flossy Merrill gathers her three grown-up children for a family reunion at the family’s Rhode Island beach house, and the daggers of emotion, jealousy, heartache and secrets hit the fan. This emotionally charged novel about a family coming together under one roof for a magical drama-filled summer (which could potentially be their last) will surprise and provoke your heart with every page turned.
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
A widow goes on an exhilarating hunt to discover the truth about her late husband’s car crash…but what she uncovers is a dangerous web of lies and deceit. One of the year’s most anticipated literary events in suspense, Every Last Lie is the adrenaline rush to indulge in this season. Oh, and the unnerving conclusion will haunt your psyche long after summer is over.
The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter
No summer is complete without a fair indulgence of heavy romance – that’s where The Darkest Promise comes in. A cruel leader loses his focus on ruling his kingdom when Cameo enters his life – a woman possessed by the demon of misery, trapped in a reality where she is unable to experience joy. One of the most entrancing love stories of the year, Gena Showalter’s words double as magic that will bewitch your imagination all summer long.