Summer is almost here! You can soon take life a little easier – slow down, relax, slip into those comfy flip-flops and enjoy all that summer has to offer, whether it’s lounging by the pool, dozing in the hammock or sunning at the beach. Wherever you go, go prepared. Sunscreen is a must. Bottles of water essential, and never forget to bring a book.
As far as the library is concerned, the best part of summer isn’t the weather, the family cookouts or the time spent hanging out with friends. The best part of summer is all that time for reading! Long, lazy, sun-filled days are perfect for catching up on the latest bestsellers or favorite authors.
Publishers work overtime to get their books in print before the summer demand peeks, so our shelves are full of newly published titles – from literary debuts to new works from well-known authors. This summer’s books are especially outstanding. There are nail-biting suspense novels, pulse-pounding thrillers, tender romance novels, eerie true-crime stories, intriguing mysteries and historical fiction to take you to faraway times and places.
So here’s your chance to get away from it all this summer by getting into a book.
Suspense: Cari Mora, by Thomas Harris. Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront, protected by the caretaker of the house, Cari Mora. As ruthless men close in on the treasure, Cari Mora shows surprising skills in her determination to survive. From the creator of Hannibal Lecter and The Silence of the Lambs, this is a story of evil, greed, and the consequences of dark obsession.
Fiction: Searching for Sylvie Lee, by Jean Kwok. Kwok has created a poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women, two sisters and their mother, in one Chinese immigrant family. When the eldest daughter disappears a series of family secrets emerge.
Romance: The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang. This is a charming, quirky love story set between a mixed-race girl from the slums of Ho Chi Minh City and an autistic young man whose mother is determined to find him a bride. Hoang shows that love can cross international borders as well as all boundaries of the heart.
True Crime: The Five: the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper, by Hallie Rubenhold. The author has thoroughly researched the lives of the five women murdered by Jack the Ripper in 1888 to present a revealing look at Victorian England, at the poverty of the time and at the misfortune of being born a woman.
Mystery: Death Below Stairs, by Jennifer Ashley. Young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. When her assistant is murdered, Kat and footman, Daniel, set out to undercover the culprit. A light and entertaining read.
Historical Fiction: Mistress of the Ritz, by Melanie Benjamin. A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris. This is another appealing story from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue.
Need more suggestions? Pick-up a copy of the BookPage magazine for news of the latest titles. Free copies are available in the library’s front lobby. Enjoy the summer