Here Are The Hottest Thrillers to Read Poolside This Summer
As a reader, I just love the habits that I’ve gotten into when it comes to what I read and when I read it. During the winter, I love the police procedural and the darker serial killer thrillers that I can cozy up with in the warmth and safety of my own home. But the summer? Oh, the summer is my favorite time to binge-read some entertaining and suspenseful tales that bring me out to the oversized lounger by my pool and captivate me page after page. The domestic suspense stories, the stories of revenge, any juicy thriller that brings the heat of the summer in its pages - those are the stories I want for those warm months. Luckily, I have a list of thrillers that I cannot wait to binge by my pool this summer and trust me, these will definitely keep you completely immersed while you soak up as much sunshine as possible this summer.
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1. 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard
In a story told in 56 days, Oliver and Ciara meet at a supermarket in Dublin right as COVID-19 reaches Ireland. When lockdown hangs a dark cloud over this budding relationship, Oliver suggests Ciara move in with him and she quickly accepts. Soon, the police are at Oliver’s apartment to discover a dead body. What happened in the 56 days from when these two people met?
2. Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron
Cassie’s life is not going to plan after an incident sent her from the top of the food chain to a temp. Now reviewing correspondence emails for a fraud suit, Cassie finds herself reading personal emails between a partner at the firm and his wife. What starts as pure curiosity turns into obsession as that one peek leads to Cassie reading every single email between the married couple and soon enough her determination leads her down a dark path when Cassie orchestrates a plan to meet the law firm partner and steal everything his wife has.
3. Tell Me the Truth by Matthew Farrell
Eighteen-year-old Jenny Moore is planning to go away to college soon until she is viciously stabbed and left for dead. When Susan Adler and her partner Liam Dwyer show up to investigate the crime, there’s definitely something different about this attack. The problem? Every single person they interview is not only a suspect, but each one holds deadly secrets.
4. The Therapist by B.A. Paris
Alice and Leo just moved into a new house in a wealthy gated community and this is the perfect start to a beautiful life. Soon enough, things take a dark turn when Alice begins to learn about the therapist, Nina, who had lived in the home before them. With each neighbor keeping a secret, Alice’s curiosity turns into full-blown obsession as she tries to investigate what really happened to Nina.
5. Her Last Breath by Hilary Davidson
Deirdre is devastated when her sister Caroline dies unexpectedly but the tears turn to fears when she uncovers a message from her sister claiming her husband Theo killed his first wife and got away with it and Caroline is next. When Theo claims that Caroline was having an affair, things get even more confusing for Deirdre as she digs into the truth about who Carline really was and questions if she ever really knew her sister.
6. We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
In the mountains of Chile, Emily and Kristen are on their annual best friends trip and having the best time, that is until the last night when Emily walks into their hotel room too find it covered in blood and broken glass. When Kristen claims to have killed a man in self-defense, things take an even more twisted turn when Emily recalls during the trip the year before, another man was killed as well. After returning home, Emily gets a surprise visit from Kristen and wonders; could her best friend be a cold-blooded killer?
7. Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda
Hollow’s Edge was the perfect picturesque neighborhood until the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. A year and a half later, Ruby returns to Hollow’s Edge to find her friends and neighbors feeling trapped and unable to sell their houses and now they should be terrified because they all pointed their fingers at Ruby during the trial and now she’s back. With Ruby back and instilling terror on the small community, snippets of what really happened the night of the murders start to come to light when Ruby’s roommate and old friend begins receiving threatening letters.
8. Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens
Beth Chevalier is still mourning her sister Ambers murder and has returned to her the town of Cold Creek to attend a memorial for the women who have disappeared from the Cold Creek Highway. For years, women have disappeared from this highway, including Hailey McDaniel who decides to run away hoping that the people believe she was just another victim of the highway. When Beth gets a job at the diner her sister worked at, she prays she can get closer to the truth about the murder of her sister, but the more answers she gets, the more she realizes there’s much more to the story.
9. Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
Ike Randolph is mourning the murder of his son Isiah in a climate where it’s fearful to be a Black man. Buddy Lee is mourning the death of his son, Derek, Isiah’s white husband. Both men never fully accepted their sons’ lifestyle but that doesn’t stop them from teaming up to get revenge for their deaths. In their quest for vengeance, both men come to terms with their prejudices as the road to revenge comes to a close.
10. The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Nella Rogers’ frustrations with being the only black girl working at Wagner Books is about to change when Hazel, a woman from Harlem, begins working in the cubicle right next to Nella. Nella finally has a coworker who understands her frustrations in being the only black girl in the office until Hazel quickly becomes the office favorite and Nella begins to receive notes stating “LEAVE. WAGNER. NOW.” Is Hazel the one behind these notes? Has her saving grace become her biggest enemy?
11. While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams
Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together, but when the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn—the swing vote on many current high-profile cases—has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life turns upside down. He has chosen her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Avery must now begin to unravel a sequence of clues left behind by Wynn as others aim to replace the judge while he sleeps.
12. Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Maite lives in Mexico City in the 1970s and envies her beautiful next-door neighbor Leonora and the lifestyle Maite never had. When Leonora disappears, Matie begins to investigate her disappearance and is thrust into Leonora’s world of mystery. Elvis, a criminal who loves old movies and rock ’n’ roll music is also investigating Leonora’s disappearance and soon finds himself intrigued by Maite. As Maite and Elvis come closer to the truth to what happened to Leonora, they find themselves much closer to danger than they expected.
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