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Summer Book Club

When I think of summer, I think of sitting on the beach or by the pool with a good juicy thriller novel. My favorite time to read is at dusk when the cicadas are noisy, the air is cooling, and the books are enticing. Here are a few books that I couldn’t put down this summer.

The Immortalists

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

 

 

Rating 5 out of 5

I’m sure a lot of you have already read this since I got many recommendations to read this but it definitely lives up to its expectations. I enjoyed this book because it was something different. It had a bit of mystery mixed with family drama mixed with historical drama. This character-driven book explores the question, what if you knew the day you would die?

 

The Good Daughter

The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author — a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

 

Rating 4 out of 5

I couldn’t put this book down for the first 200 pages. It starts off strong with two life-altering events, you wonder if these sisters are just plagued with bad luck. You also go through half the book not knowing if one sister is alive! The middle gets a little slow as it dives in deeper the sister’s relationship but once you find out more details about the night their mother was killed, you can’t stop till the book is done.

 

Everything you want me to be

No one knows who she really is…

Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community.

It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? And to what lengths might they have gone to end it? Hattie’s boyfriend seems distraught over her death, but had he fallen so deeply in love with her that she had become an obsession? Or did Hattie’s impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger?

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to death.

 

Rating 5 out of 5

Thriller novels are just made for summer. Those books that you just can’t put down till you figure out who done it! This book is no exception. The story is told through the eyes of three main characters, giving you all the clues we need in separate pieces where we can discover them at precisely the perfect moment.  The characters are enticing and the story is shocking.

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