Summer time -- vacations, road trips, floating in the pool, or sitting inside in the A/C because it’s too hot to go outside -- whatever your plans are this summer, you’re surely looking for a few good books. Maybe a quick read that you can grab and get through in a day or a weekend? You don’t want to be bogged down with The Goldfinch over the summer! You want light & fancy free or tense, page-turners. Here are a few great reads that I finished quickly because they were “unputdownable”.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – I’ve found all of Rowell’s novels to be great reads – each have a unique quality that separates them from the rest – but Attachments (her first novel) is my favorite. Two friends send hilarious (though perhaps inappropriate) emails to each other throughout their workday. The lucky IT guy that gets to read them knows he should turn them in, but he can’t bring himself to do it…. The characters are well-drawn and realistic; the writing is quick & witty; and overall, it’s a fantastically fun book.
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes – If you’re into psychological thrillers, then read this book. It is gripping and kept me up into the wee hours reading. Haynes builds suspense like no other author I’ve read before. The main character, Cathy, has anxiety and obsessive compulsive habits that were described so well I thought I might need to go check my locks, too. If you like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, give this one a try! You won’t put it down until you read the last page.
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon -- This is the story of Alice Buckle. Alice signs up for a study about marriage in the 21st century and realizes she isn't as happy as she thought. Alice isn't perfect, her husband and kids aren't either, but this book is pretty close. The ending is fantastic with a bit of a twist I didn't expect. A great read for a summer day. If you like Emily Giffin, Jane Green, or Sophie Kinsella, give this one a try.
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga – This is a creepy, suspenseful novel that reminded me a bit of The Following. Jazz is the son of an infamous serial killer and has seen his father in action. “Dear Old Dad” is in prison, but now someone is killing again and Jazz is a suspect. Jazz is a great main character – he’s flawed and interesting – and he’s doing everything he can to clear his name. If you’re a fan of Dexter or the Alex Cross series by James Patterson, you might like this trilogy.