Summer vacation is the perfect time to indulge in some uninterrupted binge reading — and you definitely won’t want to put down any of these riveting novels.
“November Road” by Lou Berney
In Lou Berney’s gripping, atmospheric thriller, a Mafia lieutenant goes on the run across America after unwittingly involving himself in the events surrounding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. En route to Las Vegas, he encounters a young woman escaping from a different set of troubles with her young daughters. As the connection begins to deepen between these two lost souls, a menacing contract killer closes in— leading to a conclusion you may not see coming.
“A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself” by William Boyle
Fans of Elmore Leonard will appreciate William Boyle’s violent yet delightfully comic tale of an unexpected bond that develops between a retired adult film star, a mob widow and her 15-year-old granddaughter. Vividly drawn characters, snappy dialogue, a sharply observed New York setting and relentlessly chaotic action combine to create a propulsive read that’s filled with heart and almost impossible to put down.
“The Paragon Hotel” by Lyndsay Faye
The Roaring ’20s — and the dark underbelly of American history — come brilliantly to life in Lyndsay Faye’s rollicking page-turner. After fleeing New York City under mysterious circumstances, a tough young white woman ends up at an African American hotel in Portland, where she hides out and befriends a cabaret singer with an equally cryptic past. Together, these women are swept up in a suspenseful series of events involving government corruption, Ku Klux Klan violence and a missing child.
“They All Fall Down” by Rachel Howzell Hall
Seven strangers are lured under false pretenses to a luxurious estate on an isolated island — and, then, one by one, they start dying mysteriously. What are their secrets, who might be killing them and who will survive? If that plot setup sounds familiar, it’s because this clever whodunit by Rachel Howzell Hall pays loving tribute to Agatha Christie’s classic “And Then There Were None,” adding some modern twists and a more diverse cast of characters.
“If She Wakes” by Michael Koryta
Michael Koryta is a master of the thriller, and his latest is no exception. In this terrifying tale of suspense, a car crash kills a college professor and sends his student into a coma where she’s “locked in” — conscious of what’s going on around her but unable to speak. Meanwhile, an insurance investigator is coming to the realization that the crash wasn’t accidental, and a ruthless hitman is looming, determined to finish the job he started.
“Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Written as an oral history of a legendary band and its captivating lead singer, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s addictive novel plunges readers into a wild story of sex, drugs and ’70s rock ’n’ roll. Interviews with musicians, journalists and others in the band’s orbit combine to create an unmatched front-row perspective on the dizzying rise and fall of Daisy Jones & The Six.
If you’re looking for some reading material to invigorate your summer vacation, pick up one or more of these pulse-racing reads and prepare to get hooked.