While summer brings the cookouts, trips to the beach, pool parties, and long-awaited lengthy vacations for some, it also means abundant additions to new fiction. If you’re looking for an enticing and sizzling new book to enjoy under the sun, then look no further.
Hoping you’ll forgive our Hunger Games pun, the odds are ever in your favor with these 25 new summer releases.
The Secrets of Married Women by Carol Mason
Lake Union Publishing
When Jill’s husband discovers he can never have children, it tears a hole in their marriage that Jill doesn’t know how to repair. Frustrated, she seeks comfort in her friends: fierce Leigh, with her high-powered career and doting family, and sweet, uncomplicated Wendy, who has a rock-solid marriage any woman would envy.
As Jill is drawn deeper into her friends’ relationships, she is confronted by a temptation of her own: an intriguing stranger whose good looks and charm spark an instant connection.
How well can we ever know our husbands, our friends, or even ourselves? Pub. Date: June 22.
Tornado Weather by Deborah Elaine Kennedy
Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez’s father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today, he isn’t, and Daisy disappears.
Pub. Date: Jul 11.
The Future Won’t Be Long by Jarett Kobek
When Adeline, a wealthy art student, chances upon a young man from the Midwest known only as Baby in a shady East Village squat, the two begin a fiery friendship that propels them through a decade of New York life. Pub. Date: Aug 15.
A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
You’re home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second. The phone rings—it’s the call you hoped you’d never get. You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you’d never visit. You peer into the dark, deserted building. You brace yourself for the worst. And then, you remember nothing else. They tell your husband you’ve been in an accident. You lost control of your car as you sped through the worst side of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend is not so sure. And even you don’t know what to believe… Pub Date, Aug. 15.
Here and Gone by Haylen Beck
A woman flees through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. Pub Date: June 20.
Hello Sunshine, by Laura Dave
Simon & Schuster
Sunshine Mackenzie truly is living the dream. A lifestyle guru for the modern age, Sunshine is beloved by millions of people who tune into her YouTube cooking show. But she’s hiding who she really is. And when her secret is revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. Pub. Date, July 11.
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perotta
A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve Fletcher is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night from an anonymous number, a mysterious sender tells Eve, “U R my MILF!” Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. Meanwhile, miles away at the state college, Eve’s son Brendan is floundering in a college environment that challenges his white-dude privilege and shames him for his outmoded, chauvinistic ideas of sex. Both mother and son find themselves enmeshed in morally fraught situations that come to a head on one fateful November night. Pub. Date, Aug 1.
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
St. Martin’s Press
In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his. The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person?
Pub Date: June 6.
The Right Side by Spencer Quinn
LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military, and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. Shattered by one last blow—the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci—LeAnne finds herself on a fateful drive across the country, reflecting on her past and seeing no future. Arriving in the rain-soaked small town in Washington State that Marci had called home, she makes a troubling discovery: Marci’s eight-year-old daughter has vanished. When a stray dog—a powerful, dark, unreadable creature, no one’s idea of a pet—seems to adopt LeAnne, a surprising connection is formed. Pub. Date: June 27
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida, makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn’t take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. Aviva sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. But when, at the urging of others, she decides to run for public office herself, that long‑ago mistake relentlessly follows. Pub. Date: Aug. 22.
Woman Enters Left by Jessica Brockmole
In the 1950s, movie star Louise Wilde is caught between an unfulfilling acting career and a shaky marriage when she receives an out-of-the-blue phone call: She has inherited the estate of Florence “Florrie” Daniels, a Hollywood screenwriter she barely recalls meeting. Among Florrie’s possessions are several unproduced screenplays, personal journals, and—inexplicably—old photographs of Louise’s mother, Ethel. Pub. Date: Aug. 8.
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green
Berkley Publishing Group
Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters. But now the Sunshine Sisters are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. Pub. Date: June 6.
The Goddesses by Swan Huntley
When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy’s husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out, setting off illegal fireworks. But Hawaii is paradise: they plant an orange tree in the yard; they share a bed once again and Nancy resolves to make a happy life for herself. She starts taking a yoga class and there she meets Ana, the charismatic teacher. As Nancy grows closer and closer to Ana—skipping family dinners and leaving the twins to their own devices she feels a happiness and understanding unlike anything she’s ever experienced, and she knows that she will do anything Ana asks of her. Pub. Date: July 25.
Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon
Penguin Random House-Ballantine
Driven by fears and obsessions, racked by anxiety, Robin frantically pushes her body through punishing workouts, eating little, haunted by what happened to her family when she was a girl. Robin’s only connection to the outside world is through her rear windows and the lives she spies upon in the apartment house across the way. Then a stranger starts pounding on her door.
Pub. Date: July 4.
The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
Penguin Random House
“I very much need to be dead.” These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demands: find the truth, no matter what. Pub. Date: June 6.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Pub. Date: Jun. 13.
Flesh and Bone and Water by Luiza Sauma
In 1985, when he is just sixteen, André’s mother is killed in a car accident. Clouded with grief, André, his younger brother Thiago, and his father travel with their domestic help to Belem, a jungle city on the mouth of the Amazon. André’s father loses himself in his work, while André spends his evenings in the family apartment with Luana, the beautiful daughter of the family’s maid. Three decades later, André receives an unexpected letter from Luana, which begins to reveal the other side of their story. Pub. Date: Jun 20.
The Library of Light and Shadow by M.J. Rose
Delphine Duplessi, has gained notoriety for her stunning “shadow portraits” that frequently expose her subjects’ most scandalous secrets. Then, on a snowy night in February, in a penthouse high above Fifth Avenue, Delphine’s mystical talent leads to a tragedy between two brothers. Devastated and disconsolate, Delphine renounces her gift and returns to her old life in the south of France where Picasso, Matisse, and the Fitzgeralds are summering. There, Delphine is thrust into recapturing the past.
Pub. Date: July 18.
The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman
Collin James is young, creative, and unhappy. A college dropout, he waits tables and spends his free time beautifying the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his medium of choice: chalk. Then he meets Nina, the daughter of a tech mogul who is revolutionizing virtual reality, Nina Lazare is trying to give back as a high school teacher—but her students won’t listen to her. When Collin enters her world, he inspires her to think bigger. Nina wants to return the favor—even if it means losing him. Pub. Date: June 13.
The Lauras by Sara Taylor
From critically acclaimed and Baileys Prize-nominated author Sara Taylor comes a dazzling new novel about youth, identity, and family secrets in an unforgettable road novel that strikes at the heart of a mother-child bond. Pub. Date: Aug. 1.
Perennials by Mandy Berman
Rachel Rivkin and Fiona Larkin used to treasure their summers together as campers at Camp Marigold. Now, reunited as counselors after their first year of college, their relationship is more complicated. Through them, as well as from the perspectives of their fellow counselors, campers, and families, we witness the tensions of the turbulent summer build to a tragic event, which forces Rachel and Fiona to confront their pasts—and the adults they’re becoming. Pub. Date: June 6.
The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger
St. Martin’s Press
Heather has graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her two best friends. She doesn’t expect to even meet Jack, let alone fall in love with him. But in the same way that forces are bringing Jack and Heather together, life and duty are pushing them apart. And Jack has a secret that is going to change absolutely everything. Pub. Date: June 13.
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham
Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, The one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever. Pub. Date: July 11.
Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses
Grand Central Publishing
This gripping, suspenseful, and gorgeous debut novel is told hour-by-hour over the course of a single day, in which a husband and wife try to outrun long-buried secrets, sending their lives spiraling into chaos. Pub. Date: June 13.
Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams
Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon and as the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets—secrets that will damage their eventual marriage. Five years later, in the early days of Prohibition, the newly widowed Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boom town of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to settle her husband’s estate. Despite the evidence, Virginia does not believe Simon perished in the fire that destroyed the seaside home he built for her and their young daughter. Pub Date: June 27.
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