Summer is upon us! Arm yourself with one (or two, or all) of these thrillers and hit the beach! Warning: these books are so immersive that you may forget to reapply the sunscreen...

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

A new heart-stopping thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, this fast-paced mystery about a small British town with a big murder problem is arguably the book of the summer. Read this on the beach, just don't get too close to the water.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

You could spend your summer inhaling more run-of-the-mill YA dystopian thrillers or you could read The Love Interest, which manages to be every bit as clever, speedy, and sizzling as other standouts of that genre while bending all the rules to become sharper, more inclusive, and more heartfelt.


Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

This is a zany, hilarious memoir about growing up in Kansas City as the daughter of a Catholic priest (yes, it's impossible for a Catholic priest to have a family, but there's a loophole if all members are willing to take a psychopath test). Is there any better way to relax beneath the sun than by reading about a family more outlandish than your own?

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Life is decent for Rachel, a former reporter with a piecemeal family past, until she is suddenly yanked into a conspiracy on a blustery day in Boston. This masterfully-plotted story'“'“from the author of Mystic River and The Drop'“'“builds steadily right up to the moment of its satisfying, and dare we say romantic, conclusion. You won't be able to stop reading until the sun is setting on the waves.


Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

At first, Behind Her Eyes seems like just another twisty domestic thriller'“'“a man strikes up an affair with his secretary, who just happens to be friends with his wife. But then things get weird. Really weird. Few people have correctly guessed the ending. See if you can!

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Yoon's tale of two teenagers who meet on the streets of NYC is an empathetic page-turner about immigration, responsibility, and love. You'll blaze through this memorable story, which is more powerful and far brighter than, well, you guessed it.