Mystery, psychological fiction, literary coming of age – a variety of great beach reads are being published this July.
7/11: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown – Billie Flanagan disappeared while on a solo hike outside Berkeley. A year later her husband and daughter are getting on as well as they can, until dealing with their grief, until their search for Billie opens up questions about how well they actually knew her. Suspenseful psychological fiction.
7/11: What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons – In this coming-of-age novel Thandi, daughter of a South African mother and American father, struggles with her mother’s terminal illness, navigates her own sense of identity, and reflects on race and motherhood in contemporary America.
7/11: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave – Sunshine, a YouTube star, experiences a catastrophic fall from grace and goes home to Montauk, New York to lick her wounds – and perhaps find an even better life.
7/11: A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington – Serving in Vietnam, Billy Flynn is the only survivor when his helicopter is shot down. He returns to his family in upstate New York, where he and his community come to terms with a loss of innocence and wounds that may never heal.
7/11: Gork, The Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson – Gork, a dragon enrolled at WarWings Military Academy, struggles with being too big-hearted for his future role as a planet conqueror. His biggest challenge, though, is the mandatory finding-of-a-mate. Wacky and exuberant.
7/11: Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong – 30-year-old Ruth, freshly single, quits her job and returns home only to realize her parents aren’t doing quite as well as she anticipated. Her dad is losing his memory, and her mom is a bit erratic. A family story told with insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness.
7/18: The Late Show by Michael Connelly – Introducing Renee Ballard, a detective on the night shift, eternally condemned to start cases only to hand them off to the day shift – until she lands two cases she can’t let go of. A new series opener for the author of the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller series.
7/25: The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase –In 1959 the Wilde sisters arrive at Applecot Manor, home of their Aunt and Uncle; 50 years later, Jesse and her family move to Applecot. Both groups are swept up in the mystery of a disappeared girl.
7/25: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware – Isa and her friends at boarding school played “the lying game,” weaving a complex web that ultimately got them kicked out of school. 20 years later a body in the marsh draws them back together. From the author of In a Dark, Dark Wood.