The new thrillers I can’t wait to read this summer

Cheesy as they are, I love thrillers. For some reason, I don’t read as many as I’d like, but Summer is the perfect time to get a nice stack of new releases and read them at the beach all day. That’s my plan for Summer vacation this year, anyway.

Some of these books are Summer thrillers (you know, when people are on vacation and someone gets killed?), which are the best for this time of year, and then there are others that, while not Summer-related, were just launched and look great, too. Here are my favorites!

One Little Secret, by Cate Holahan

The glass beach house was supposed to be the getaway that Susan needed. Eager to help her transplanted family set down roots in their new town – and desperate for some kid-free conversation – she invites her new neighbors to join in on a week-long sublet with her and her workaholic husband.

Over the course of the first evening, liquor loosens inhibitions and lips. The three couples begin picking up on the others’ marital tensions and work frustrations, as well as revealing their own. But someone says too much. And the next morning one of the women is discovered dead on the private beach.

This one sounds fun, right? The book made it to my wishlist because the cover’s so pretty, I’m not gonna lie. I have this thing for pink book covers. But anyway, I love a good domestic thriller – the cheesier the better.

Man of the Year, by Caroline Louise Walker

Dr. Robert Hart, Sag Harbor’s just-named Man of the Year, is the envy of his friends and neighbors. (…) Even his wayward son, Jonah, is back on track, doing well at school, finally worthy of his father’s attentions. So when Jonah’s troubled college roommate, Nick, needs a place to stay for the summer, Hart and his wife generously offer him their guest house.

But when he begins to notice his new houseguest getting a little too close to his wife, the good doctor’s veneer begins to crack. All the little lies Robert tells—harmless falsehoods meant to protect everything he holds dear—begin to mount. Before long, he’s embroiled in a desperate downward spiral, destroying the lives that stand in his way.

This sounds very interesting. I love books about extremely manipulative people – the one’s you can’t stop hating, and seem to get away with everything. I can only imagine what poor Dr. Robert Hart went through – and can’t wait to read it!

The Holiday, T.M. Logan

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday – a group of families enjoying a week together in the sun. Four women who have been best friends for as long as they can remember making the most of a luxurious villa in the south of France.

But Kate has a secret: her husband is having an affair. And a week away might just be the perfect opportunity to get the proof she needs – to catch him in the act once and for all. Because she suspects the other woman is one of her two best friends.(…) As Kate closes in on the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, she realises too late that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined . . . Because someone in the villa may be prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden.

A lying, cheating killer in the South of France? Sign me up. Chilling thrillers and beautiful places make the perfect combination.

Now You See Me, by Chris McGeorge

Last year six students went in Standedge Tunnel, and two and a half hours later, the boat reappeared on the other side with only one of the students, unconscious, and the dog.

The case of the Standedge Six was largely kept from the national media. The police investigation concluded that the only remaining student, Matthew, killed his friends, hid the bodies on the boat and returned later to move them to an undisclosed location. Matthew is in prison . . . but maintains he is innocent.

This one sounds amazing as well! I love trying to figure out what happened in this kind of situation, so that’s what I’ll be doing as soon as I get my hands on this book.

If She Wakes, by Michael Koryta

Tara Beckley is a senior at idyllic Hammel College in Maine. As she drives to deliver a visiting professor to a conference, a horrific car accident kills the professor and leaves Tara in a vegetative state. At least, so her doctors think. In fact, she’s a prisoner of locked-in syndrome: fully alert but unable to move a muscle. Trapped in her body, she learns that someone powerful wants her dead–but why? And what can she do, lying in a hospital bed, to stop them?

People who are in danger but not able to move or speak are another niche I love, don’t ask me why. It’s such a challenging situation for a book! Will she move in the end? Will she start writing things down really slowly and send messages to the police? I just want to know how she’ll survive this one!

The Body Lies, by Jo Baker

When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside, it’s meant to be a fresh start, away from the big city and the scene of a violent assault she’s desperate to forget. But despite the distractions of a new life and single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle.

When a troubled student starts sending in chapters from his novel that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognises herself as the main character in his book – and he has written her a horrific fate. Will she be able to stop life imitating art before it’s too late?

This one sounds like the stalker thriller I need. I don’t know how creepy it’ll be, if it’s just a drama with some chilling moments sprinkled in the middle, but I hope this guy goes full psycho for my entertainment. Can’t wait to read this one!

The East End, by Jason

The East End opens with Corey Halpern, a Hamptons local from a broken home who breaks into mansions at night for kicks. (…) One night just before Memorial Day weekend, he breaks into the wrong home at the wrong time: the Sheffield estate where he and his mother work. Under the cover of darkness, their boss Leo Sheffield — billionaire CEO, patriarch, and owner of the vast lakeside manor — arrives unexpectedly with his lover, Henry. After a shocking poolside accident leaves Henry dead, everything depends on Leo burying the truth. But unfortunately for him, Corey saw what happened and there are other eyes in the shadows.

Hordes of family and guests are coming to the estate the next morning, including Leo’s surly wife, all expecting a lavish vacation weekend of poolside drinks, evening parties, and fireworks filling the sky. No one can know there’s a dead man in the woods, and there is no one Leo can turn to. With his very life on the line, everything will come down to a split-second decision.

Ha, another great one! Thrillers about rich people are the best. They always have the craziest minds and best resources to “solve” things. Situations. This sounds super fun. I don’t know how I’ll be able to pick just a few of these books to buy, because I can’t possibly get all of them. Can I?

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