There are a number of eagerly anticipated novels arriving just in time for beach reading! Google “best books summer 2017” to find multiple lists, but to save you some time, here are titles that appear on most of those lists. First, here are the usual bestsellers: already released is Nora Roberts’ Come Sundown; releasing in June is John Grisham’s Camino Island and Janet Evanovich’s Dangerous Minds; releasing in July is Michael Connelly’s The Late Show, and in August Sue Grafton’s Y is for Yesterday.
If you are looking for a traditional “beach” read with a summer setting, try The Identicals by Elin HIlderbrand about twin sisters. They both live on islands, one on Martha’s Vineyard and one on Nantucket. But that’s where the similarity stops. They couldn’t be more different and they don’t really get along but they find themselves switching lives and islands to save their family. If you like a “southern” sensibility, try Dorothea Benton Frank’s Same Beach, Next Year. This story about two couples’ twenty-year-long friendship is set in coastal Charleston where they meet each year at Wild Dunes condo to catch up. It’s a moving story of love and friendship with a gorgeous Lowcountry setting. And, of course, you must read the always dependable Nancy Thayer. Her Secrets in Summer released in May. Also set on Nantucket, permanent resident Darcy is looking forward to her summer, spending time at the beach and perhaps even a fling (or two), but, lo and behold, who moves in next door for the summer? Why, it’s her ex-husband, his new wife and a beautiful daughter.
Seeking something “grittier” after your beach reading? (Pun intended.) Don Winslow’s The Force is being promoted by Stephen King who says, “think The Godfather, but with cops. It’s that good.” Dennis Lehane, of Mystic River fame offers Since We Fell, described by Lee Child as “…nothing is what it seems—but I would follow Dennis Lehane anywhere.”
How about suspense? For those who loved The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins has done it again. In Into the Water a single mother turns up dead at the bottom of a river leaving a young teen under the care of her fearful aunt. The past returns to haunt the present. Like your suspense more traditional? Try Anthony Horowitz’s The Magpie Murders, a homage to Agatha Christie with a modern take.
If you like historical fiction, two titles about the Tudors arrive this summer. Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir focuses on her early life in the Netherlands while The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory, which publishes in August, examines the life of Mary Tudor, Lady Jane Grey and her sisters.
And for those of you who like literary fiction, Kevin Kwan’s (Crazy Rich Asians) new title Rich People Problems continues his always irreverent, often hilarious insight into the problems and secrets of Asia’s most privileged families. After a wait of twenty years, Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things) has gifted us with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, a sweeping novel of India.
Stay tuned for my next entry – Nonfiction Reads for Summer!