As the month of June comes to an end and we enter the month of July, several new books of thrill and drama are planning to make their way to the shelves of bookstores. Below are three particularly intriguing and eccentric thriller/drama books coming out in July of 2021 that you should keep your eyes peeled for!
- The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
“Lynette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre. For more than a decade, she’s been meeting with five other final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, working to put their lives back together. Then one woman misses a meeting, and their worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to rip their lives apart again, piece by piece. But the thing about final girls is that no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.”
Due to come out July 13th of 2021, this book not only brings to life a dark horror, but a growing sense of dread you are sure to want to add to your list of books to read this summer. On top of that, it encompasses the blossoming relationship between women and the way they bring together their strengths to conquer the terrors surrounding them.
2. For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing
“Teddy Crutcher has won Teacher of the Year at the prestigious Belmont Academy, home to the best and brightest. He says his wife couldn’t be more proud—though no one has seen her in a while. Teddy really can’t be bothered with a few mysterious deaths on campus that’re looking more and more like murder or the student digging a little too deep into Teddy’s personal life. His main focus is pushing these kids to their full academic potential. All he wants is for his colleagues—and the endlessly meddlesome parents—to stay out of his way. If not, well, they’ll get what they deserve. It’s really too bad that sometimes excellence can come at such a high cost.”
Due to come out July 20th 2021, this book airs on the dark academia side. So, if you happen to be intrigued by a school setting and mysteries hidden between the crevices of classrooms and textbooks, you might want to add the release of For Your Own Good to your calendar.
3. Dear Miss Metropolitan by Carolyn Ferrell
“Fern seeks refuge from her mother’s pill-popping and boyfriends via Soul Train; Gwin finds salvation in the music of Prince much to her congregation’s dismay and Jesenia, miles ahead of her classmates at her gifted and talented high school, is a brainy and precocious enigma. None of this matters to Boss Man, the monster who abducts them and holds them captive in a dilapidated house in Queens.”
Due to come out July 6th 2021, this book works to explore the different stages of grief and anger as well as personal growth and healing through a thrilling narrative that edges on the horrors of reality. This particular book not only traverses the lines of horror writing, but it serves as a commentator on the struggles and triumphs of black women. Both an insightful and afflicting read, this book deserves to be on your list of reads this summer.
Whether you’re more intrigued by women power and friendships, school drama or the overcoming of trauma and grief, these books will sure to feed your cravings. So, be sure to add their release dates to your calendar!
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