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There is no better me-time than beach-time. And the perfect accessory for sun, sand, and sips of daiquiris is a suspenseful beach read.
Here are four page-turning books to include when you pack for that much-deserved summer vacation.
Dennis Lehane already has a long list of suspense thrillers and page-turning beach reads like Live by Night, Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island.
His latest novel, Since We Fell, is an intense mix of complex characterization and edge-of-the-page suspense. The protagonist Rachel Childs is a former journalist now suffering from debilitating, stuck-inside-her-home anxiety. But a chance encounter leads her down a twisted path, forced to face her own fears in the midst of a psychologically intense mystery.
Secrets. Lies. Betrayal. What more do you need for the perfect beach read? The seemingly perfect, have-it-all couple, Anne and Marco Conti, attend a dinner party but someone goes missing that same night and mystery begins. See behind the curtain of an ordinary couple as a suspenseful and urgent investigation unfolds. Characterization, suspense and secrets keep the pages turning.
Lo Blacklock, a travel magazine journalist, gets the lucky assignment of a week-long luxury cruise. But in the midst of plush surroundings and elegant dinners, Lo witnesses a nightmare, a woman thrown overboard.
But with all the passengers accounted for and no one missing, Lo is left alone in a dark mystery. Twists, turns, and thrills keep the plot and pages turning of The Woman in Cabin 10.
With a unique storytelling structure of reverse chronology, All the Missing Girls is a New York Times Bestseller that spins psychological suspense backwards and forwards. Follow the mysterious story of the disappearance of two women, ten years apart.
Nicolette Farrell returns to town ten years after her best friend Corinne disappeared to care for her sick father. Within days of returning, Annaleise Carter, a neighbor with a connection to Nic’s past disappears. Follow Nic as she unravels the truth and the past in this suspenseful thriller.