10 seriously good beach reads to pack in your suitcase this summer
Is there anything as relaxing as getting stuck into a good book?
We think not.
Which we have rounded up 10 great page-turners we doubt you'll be able to put down while chilling pool-side this summer.
1. Beautiful Fools
by R. Clifton Spargo
by Christine Mangan
Female friendship takes a sinister turn in this The Talented Mr. Ripley-esque thriller. Newylwed Alice is reluctantly vacationing in Tangier with her husband when her old school friend, Lucy, turns up unexpectedly and begins using Alice’s name. Scarlett Johansson is already attached to star in the film version, so the perfect time to get ahead of the cool-girl curve and check this novel off your reading list.
3. The Female Persuasion
by Meg Wolitzer
Everything's coming up roses for Greer—she's fresh out of college, in relationship with a boy she loves, and just lucked into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by women's rights icon Faith Frank, a woman she's idolized for years. But that mentorship could have dire consequences for Greer's ambitions, as her work with Faith calls into question what she wants, what she's expected to be, and which parts of herself she might have to give up in the process.
4. Bitter Sweet
by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
5. The Wives
Set in the Devil Wears Prada universe, former first assistant to Miranda Priestly, Emily (played by Emily Blunt in the film), trades life in the city for work as an image consultant in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she takes on A-list client Karolina Hartwell, a supermodel and senator's wife trying to repair her image after a DUI. As she tries to balance life in the surprisingly cutthroat suburbs, save her career, and develop actual human friendships with the women around her, Emily begins coming into her own in an entirely new way—with just a little help from a devilish former boss.
6. The Light We Lost
by Jill Santopolo
A proper heartbreaker of a novel about a couple who share their first kiss on the fateful day of September 11th, 2001. Over the next thirteen years they come together and break apart over and over again until Lucy begins to question whether she and Gabe really are destined to be together.
7. Surprise Me
by Sophie Kinsella
Faced with the reality of another 50+ years together, Sylvie and Dan set out to revitalize their marriage by surprising one another with gifts, experiences, and sexy surprises to keep them from taking their marriage for granted. With results that are sometimes comical, sometimes underwhelming, and even potentially relationship-ending, the couple is forced to face the consequences, both good and bad, of shifting the balance of their relationship in this tale of love, trust, and family.
8. The High Tide Club
by Mary Kay Andrews
The queen of the summer beach reads is releasing her latest novel, about an eccentric billionaire heiress, a young lawyer, and a group of former friends reuniting in a southern beach town. If you like stories about friendships, murder, love, and secrets in an impossibly gorgeous setting, this will be the summer read you can't put down.
9. All We Ever Wanted
by Emily Griffin
This thought-provoking novel follows two Nashville families as they struggle with the fallout from a horrible incident. Their wealthy community quickly becomes divided, with people eager to assign blame and take sides as the families struggle with loyalty and staying true to their values.
10. The Family Next Door
by Sally Hepworth
Part family drama, part suburban thriller, Hepworth's latest novel sets its sights on the suburbs, where Essie lives what seems to be a picture-perfect life—at least from the outside looking in. In reality she is plagued by questions of her own place in the world and her fitness as a mother. Maybe that's why she immediately becomes fascinated when unconventional, enigmatic Isabelle moves in next door. As the two become closer, much to her friends' disapproval, it becomes evident that Isabelle's move to the neighborhood was no happenstance, her presence threatening to throw the balance of Essie's carefully-calibrated life into turmoil.