There’s something about balmy summer days that make a reader yearn for a big blockbuster of a book. Just like superheroes dominate the Cineplex during the summer, readers grab the latest bestseller as they head to the beach, cabin, or pool. A quite, understated novel may be the perfect fireside companion on a cold winter night, but a big, brash book is a better fit for July.
Here are some recent blockbusters I think you’ll love:
For a Crime Fiction Fix:
Unseen by Karin Slaughter
The eighth book in Karin Slaughter’s bestselling Will Trent series finds Detective Trent going undercover as a tough motorcycle-riding ex-con. But when the woman he loves, Sara, unwittingly becomes part of the case that Trent’s pursuing, both of their lives, and their love, are at risk.
Take a Globe-trotting Thrill Ride:
The English Girl by Daniel Silva
Daniel Silva’s newest thriller featuring art-restorer and master spy Gabriel Allon has him investigating the disappearance of a beautiful young British woman on the island of Corsica. A prime minister’s career is threatened by the conspicuous disappearance, and as Allon digs deeper, he finds that the truth he’s uncovering might be more dangerous than any enemy he’s faced yet.
For Domestic Thrills:
Hidden Order by Brad Thor
Scott Harvath’s twelfth outing plants him squarely in the midst of hysteria. A kidnapper or kidnappers unknown are running rampant in Washington, DC., capturing and then killing prominent men and women. Things escalate even more frighteningly when ransom demands are made in yet another bold thriller by bestseller Brad Thor.
Uncover Long-buried Secrets:
This time it’s personal. Steve Berry’s fearless former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone becomes part of a dangerous international incident when his teenage son is kidnapped on their European trip. One man holds a centuries-old secret that, if revealed, could mean the end of British rule in Northern Ireland. Now Cotton’s son is a pawn in a high-stakes round of political gamesmanship, and it’s up to Malone to save him.
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