Over the past 4 months I’ve been reading advance copies of books like a madwoman so that I could get a leg up on hot summer titles and have lots of recommendations for our patrons – you. The following ten titles are my choices for the best summer books of 2016. I think there is something here for everyone. You can place holds for the forthcoming titles in our catalog (except for Arrowood, which will be ordered and in our catalog soon). Enjoy and have a great summer of reading! - Anbolyn (Sunset)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (June 7) – If you like family sagas such as The Twelve Tribes of Hattie or Cutting for Stone, you’ll love Homegoing.
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (June 14) – If you like the slower-paced explosive novels of Ruth Rendell or the contemplative tone of Disclaimer by Renee Knight (one of my favorite books from last year), Under the Harrow is the book for you.
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay (June 21) – Though this is essentially a mystery novel the chilling supernatural elements will appeal to horror fans as well, especially if you like The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon or Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton.
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (June 28) – If you like gritty mysteries with complex female narrators this is the book for you. Fans of Cornelia Reade and Lori Rader-Day will love Megan Miranda.
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva (July 12) – If you like survival TV shows like Man vs. Wild or Alaska: the Last Frontier, if you like dystopian novels like Station Eleven, if you like imaginative stories with a thought-provoking tone – you will love The Last One. This is a genreblended novel that has something for everyone.
The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale (July 12) – If you like historical true crime like The Devil in the White City or are interested in the Victorian period you’ll enjoy The Wicked Boy.
Siracusa by Delia Ephron (July 12) – If you like really brilliant novels about betrayal, secrets, and lies – like The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud or Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch –Siracusa is the book for you.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (July 19) – With a tone similar to The Girl on the Train or What She Knew by Gilly McMillan, a perhaps unreliable narrator, and a deeply tension-filled plot, The Woman in Cabin 10 is a perfect read for anyone who likes traditional locked-room or country house mysteries – with a twist.
The Muse by Jessie Burton (July 26) – If you like Sarah Waters, richly detailed historical fiction, or reading about the art world, this is the book for you.
Arrowood by Laura McHugh (August 9) – This mystery is a haunting and gothic story that gradually reveals its secrets – perfect for fans of moody mysteries like Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.