In the year that winter would never end, it is nice to finally arrive in summer. Whether your idea of summer reading is outside while slathered in sunscreen, around a BBQ, or inside with the AC cranked high—you have plenty of great reading choices this June. Here are the titles on my radar that will be sure to satisfy crime-loving, mystery-solving, thriller junkie, and even horror-addicted hearts.
James Patterson and former President Bill Clinton got together and wrote a book. That is literally all I need to know to be excited to read this. There’s no way I’m not going to inhale this while floating in the pool—now if only books came with a butler that brought piña coladas out to the pool. But seriously, a former president gave the ins and outs of the White House to a mystery writer so they could write a mystery starring a sitting president, and my political thriller loving heart is in heaven.
If you’ve been waiting for the next book in the Gideon Crew series, happy June to you! Crew, a scientist and thief, discovers that Eli Glinn, a previous employer, has disappeared. Crew only has a month to live, but that won’t stop him from looking into a case from Glinn’s now-shutdown high-tech lab. Fingers-crossed whatever is at the end of this mystery/adventure can also save his life.
If you like your thrillers with vampires, file those fangs and get ready to curl up with this one. Except these vampires prefer the term Gloamings, and they're here to demand to be treated equally to those not infected by the virus. There’s even a Gloaming running for Governor. I love new takes on vampire tales (like Silvia Moreno-Garcia did in Certain Dark Things), and Fox pre-emptively bought the film rights to A People's History of the Vampire Uprising, so it sounds like it’s going to be one of those big summer novels.
Lincoln Michel (Editor); Nadxieli Nieto (Editor)
Short story anthologies filled with mystery and crime are amazing ways to discover new writers and sneak in a little mystery every day. From noir to cozy mysteries, and including stories by Yuri Herrera and Carmen Maria Machado, I plan on savoring this and reading one story a day.
A psychological suspense with an inventive twist on the home invasion horror—hold me while I binge this book! Seriously, this book is going in the freezer at night and I’ll have to only read it in the daylight, but I can’t resist. A family vacationing in a remote lake cabin is visited by four strangers who need help but this is a horror novel so, ohmygod what is going to happen?!
Zhou Haohui; Zac Haluza (Translator)
A popular Chinese crime novel with a comp to the movie Se7en and a vigilante lead equals I am all here for this book. The killer in this novel decides to exact his own justice when it comes to people that go unpunished by the law. A cat-and-mouse in the sense that even though he sends death notices to the police before his actions, he still manages to foil them…
Tara Isabella Burton
There are novels I must read solely for the cover, and this is one of those. It also rings ALL my bells: dark; toxic friendship; obsession; for readers of Gillian Flynn. That’s all I need to hear to know that I’m going to devour this one.
Amber Tamblyn, a poet, actress, and a powerful voice of the #metoo movement has written a novel that is eyebrow-raising. Paint me beyond intrigued, and clear my schedule, because this is gonna be an intense read. It’s written in a blend of poetry and prose, stars a serial female rapist of men, and highlights the way our society perpetuates rape culture. Yeah, this sounds like a definite must-read.
For fans of Nugent’s hit novel Unraveling Oliver, the wait for her next novel is now over. Dark family secrets are my catnip; throw in twisted relationships and a Dublin family, and, not to sound egotistical here, but this novel was just straight up written for me. So if those dark family secrets are also your thing and lines like, “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it” ping your brain with an “excuse me!” clearly this is a must-read for you too.
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Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.