A summer of scandal
Sometimes a regular old beach read isn’t going to do it. For those readers who want more intrigue than you can shake a straw hat at, here are seven of the season’s hottest thrillers.
All We Ever Wanted, by Emily Giffin
Emily Giffin, the best-selling author of compulsively readable rom-com tales like Something Borrowed, takes on a more serious subject with her latest book, which hinges on a social media scandal among high schoolers at an elite private academy in Nashville. Along the way, All We Ever Wanted raises issues of privilege, entitlement, materialism, and sexism. Out June 26.
Providence, by Caroline Kepnes
This paranormal thriller (by a former EW staffer!) follows two friends who are separated when one is kidnapped — only to reappear years later with no memory of what happened. As they struggle with the repercussions, Providence delves into what the author describes as “the supernatural power of love and the monsters we become when luck isn’t on our side.” Out June 19.
Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman
This haunting tale from British actress Catherine Steadman (Downton Abbey) follows newlyweds as they discover a bag of money in Bora Bora. They make an ill-fated decision to open it, and the consequences take them past the point of no return. Out July 24.
The Incendiaries, by R.O. Kwon
R.O. Kwon’s original idea for her debut novel was based on her childhood in California, when she was a devout Christian who experienced what she describes as a “cataclysmic” loss of faith. The story follows Will and Phoebe, a couple at an exclusive East Coast college, as they simultaneously fall in love and become entangled in an extremist group hell-bent on violently disrupting abortion clinics. It’s part mystery and part love story. Out July 31.
All These Beautiful Strangers, by Elizabeth Klehfoth
This book is what you get when you combine an esteemed East Coast prep school, a secretive student society looking to sow chaos on campus, a high-stakes initiation process, and the still-unsolved disappearance of the beautiful wife of a real-estate mogul.
The mysterious disappearance is that of Grace Fairchild, mother of protagonist Charlie Calloway. She vanished from the family’s lake house years earlier, but the circumstances come back to haunt Charlie in the present day. Out July 18.
The President Is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Yes, former President Bill Clinton wrote a book with the king of thrillers. The story is exactly what it sounds like: The POTUS disappears as a plot involving cyber-terror, espionage, and a traitor in the West Wing surfaces. Out June 4.
Safe Houses, by Dan Fesperman
This one is a doozy: The central mystery involves two parents who are murdered by their own son. But the twist is that decades earlier, in postwar Berlin, one of them uncovered a secret operation by the CIA. Out July 3.