Summer is upon us and what better way is there to spend a lazy summer day or night than reading a good book that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next? Whether you are relaxing on the couch in the comfort of your air conditioned home, or headed to the beach to lay out in the sun, while the sound of the ocean crashes against the sand, bringing you to a total state of relaxation, I’ve got some suspenseful book recommendations to fill your summer with some of the best books you’ve ever read.
1. Angels and Demons: It’s not a new book, but one that if you haven’t read by now, you are truly missing out on one of the most thrilling books you are likely to find. Written by the author of The DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons, in my opinion is even more suspenseful and a much better and quicker read. This book is full of murder, and one man’s quest to find the assassin before he strikes again. If you’ve seen the movie, and found it pretty boring like I did, you will be thrilled by this fast paced novel that is so much better than the film.
2. Where’d You Go Bernadette: This book is the story of a young girl and her search to find her mother, who mysteriously disappeared. Told from the perspective of the daughter, Where’d You Go Bernadette, is both heartwarming and suspenseful, the perfect book to take on vacation.
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: A neighborhood dog is murdered in the night, and the young narrator of the story, Christopher John Francis Boone takes it upon himself to investigate. It is a thrilling story of this boy, who isn’t your typical child, and the search for the truth. Written by Mark Haddon, it is definitely a must read if you haven’t thus far.
4. Thirteen Reasons Why: With the show based off this book coming on Netflix recently, it’s popularity has resurged. It’s the story of a box of audio tapes left on the front porch of high-school student Clay Jensen. The tapes feature a voice coming to him from his classmate who recently committed suicide, and tells him that he is one of the reasons why she did it. Throughout the course of the book, the thirteen reasons why she killed herself are revealed and we see how our words and actions can push someone over the edge. I read it in two days, so if you’re looking for a book that will have you turning the pages late into the night, desperate for answers, this is a good one for you.
5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: This is the first book I can remember being up at two in the morning, reading and reading, with no regard for sleep because I was so compelled to find out what happens next. It’s the first book in a trilogy, so if you like it then the good news is there are two more novels to feast on. A girl from a wealthy and prominent families disappears as a child, and forty years later, desperate for answers, her uncle hires a journalist to uncover the truth. Go along with Mikael Blomkvist to as he attempts to find out what happened to that young girl so many years ago.
6. Disclaimer: This is the story of a woman reading a book that was mysteriously left to her, who throughout the course of reading it, realizes that she is the main character. The things she is said to have done will tear her family apart and ruin her life if it comes to light, which is exactly what the author wants to do. Written by Renee Knight, this thriller is one of my go-to book recommendations when someone asks my opinion, and one of the most suspenseful books I’ve ever read.
7. Gone Girl: This is the story of a girl who disappears, and the aftermath that follows. Each chapter alternates from the husband’s perspective to the journal entries of his missing wife. It is pretty evident from the beginning that something isn’t right in this seemingly happy marriage, and the search for the missing girl turns this small Missouri town upside down. You will be able to devour this book quickly, eager to find out what happened to the missing girl, and I recommend you get started immediately.