The best summer books we can’t put down

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  • Romance, mystery and murder. Include us. These are the Amazon bestsellers you want to read ASAP.

    While summer days are usually the days when you can finally order the books you’ve viewed or recommended. Long days lounging around a pool or reclining in a lounger on the beach provide the perfect opportunity to dive deep into the latest and most coveted summer novels.

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    But if like me you’ve struggled during the pandemic to fully immerse yourself in a novel or even get past the first chapter. Then hopefully this edit of the summer’s hottest books will provide the inspiration you need.

    From murder mystery to spicy novels, there is an endless assortment of books waiting for you to enjoy. We turned to the bestsellers on Amazon’s self-help list. These are the most popular books people have read, reread, and shared in the past year. You want to bookmark this page…

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    The Midnight Library by Matt Haigo

    What is it about? Between life and death is a library. When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make amends. Until now, her life was full of misery and regret. She feels like she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are going to change. The books in the Midnight Library allow Nora to live as if she had done it differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo all her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined, and soon her choices put the library and herself in grave danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: What’s the best way to live?

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    The family above by Lisa Jewell

    What is it about? In a large house in fashionable Chelsea, London, a baby lies awake in her crib. Well fed and cared for, she happily waits for someone to pick her up. Three decomposing corpses lie in the kitchen. Close to them is a hastily scribbled note. They’ve been dead for a few days. Who took care of the baby? And where did they go?

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    Choose me by Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver

    What is it about? When Detective Frankie Loomis arrives to investigate the girl’s fatal plunge from her apartment balcony, she knows there’s more to it. Her instincts are confirmed when surprising information is revealed that could be reason enough for Taryn’s suicide or a motive for her murder.

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    Last night by Mhairi McFarlane

    What is it about? Eve, Justin, Susie and Ed have been friends since they were eighteen. Now in their thirties, the four are still as close as ever, Thursday night’s pub quiz is still sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed. Maybe Eve should have moved on long ago, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows that Ed sometimes thinks about it too. Then, one night, in the blink of an eye, their whole lives change forever. And when Eve discovers she didn’t know her friends as well as she thought, she also discovers she’s not the only one keeping secrets…

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    small pleasures by Clare Chambers

    What is it about? 1957, the suburbs of South East London. Jean Swinney is a journalist at a local newspaper, caught in a life of duty and disappointment from which there is no escape. When a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the newspaper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it’s up to Jean to discover whether she’s a miracle or an impostor. As the investigation turns her quiet life inside out, Jean suddenly gets an unexpected chance at friendship, love and – possibly – happiness.

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    A song for the dark Times by Ian Rankin

    What is it about? Centered on the disappearance of his daughter’s husband and a series of family secrets that the outrageous detective isn’t sure he wants to reveal, A Song for the Dark Times is an intensely personal affair for John Rebus.

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    Her last breath by Hilary Davidson

    What matters? When her beloved sister Caroline dies suddenly, Deirdre is heartbroken. However, her grief turns to chilling confusion when she receives a message Caroline sent days earlier warning her that her death would not be an accident. Long a pariah to her family, Deirdre covers up her tattoos and heads to Manhattan for her sister’s funeral. The message claimed that Caroline’s husband, Theo, killed his first wife and got away with it. Recovering from the news, Deirdre confronts Theo on his way to the graveyard, revealing both his temper and his suspicion that Deirdre’s “perfect” sister was having an affair. Paranoid and armed with just enough information to make her dangerous, Deirdre digs into the disturbing secrets buried with Caroline. But as she gets closer to the truth, she realizes that her own life could be in danger… and that there may be more than one killer in the family.

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    Where the crayfish sing by Delia Owens

    What matters? For years there have been rumors of the ‘Marsh Girl’ in Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the coast of North Carolina. So in late 1969, when the handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived years alone in the swamp she calls home, finding friends in the seagulls and lessons in the sand. Then comes the time when she longs to be touched and loved. When two young men from the city become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens up to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

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    that night by Gillian McAllister

    What is it about? What would you do for your family? Something? While on a family vacation in Italy, you get an urgent phone call from your sister. An accident has happened: she hit a man with her car and he is dead. She is overcome with fear – she is afraid that she will have to spend years in a foreign prison, away from her child. She asks for your help. It wasn’t her fault, not really. She’s covering for you, so are you doing the same for her? But when the police call, the lies begin. And you are all beginning to doubt your trust in each other.

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    The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter

    What is it about? Beth and Tom Hardcastle are jealous of their neighborhood – they have the perfect marriage, the perfect home, the perfect family. When the police knock on their door one night, Beth panics. Tom should be back from work by now – what if his car crashed? She fears the worst. But the worst is unimaginable. As the interrogation begins, Beth will find herself questioning everything she believed about her husband.

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