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As summer draws near, anticipation fills the air, bringing with it warm weather, sandy shores, and, of course, the allure of beach reads to whisk us away. If you find yourself with a neglected stack of books gathering dust in the corner, fear not! Whether you crave a sizzling romcom, a spine-tingling thriller, or a classic mystery, this curated list has something for everyone!

Thriller

Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

In Alex Michaelides' captivating thriller, "The Silent Patient," Alicia Berenson's life takes a shocking turn after she shoots her husband and retreats into silence. Suddenly thrust into the limelight, Alicia's story becomes a gripping mystery that captivates everyone's attention. As her silence speaks volumes, criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber steps in, determined to crack the case. But as he delves deeper into Alicia's psyche, he finds himself on a twisted journey where truth and motivations blur. With twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat, "The Silent Patient" is a must-read thriller that will leave you breathless.

The Sister by Louise Jensen

For fans of thrilling suspense like "The Girl on the Train," this book is a must-read.  Ever since the tragic loss of her best friend Charlie, Grace's world has been turned upside down. Tormented by Charlie's final words, Grace delves into her friend's past by opening an old memory box, only to uncover secrets she never knew existed. When Grace launches a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, who claims to be Charlie's sister, emerges. Embracing Anna as a newfound family member, Grace welcomes her into her home with boyfriend Dan. However, unsettling occurrences soon arise and as suspicions mount, Grace questions her sanity and the true intentions of those around her. With its gripping storyline and unexpected twists, this book promises to keep you on the edge of your seat (or sand) until the very end!

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

In this gripping thriller, a wedding celebration takes a sinister turn off the coast of Ireland. As guests gather to celebrate the union of two individuals, tensions simmer beneath the surface. As the wedding unfolds, old resentments and hidden jealousies emerge. But when a guest is found dead, questions arise and the dark secrets that have been hidden come to light. With its dark twists that you’ll never see coming, this novel promises a riveting beach read that you won’t be able to put down!

Rom-Com

Letters to Milania by Franz Kafka

This nonfiction book comprises a collection of love letters by Franz Kafka, a novelist and writer from Prague, expressing his love to Milena Jesenská, a Czech journalist with whom he has fallen in love over time. It is an expression of his affection, an exploration of his devotion to the woman who has captured his heart, and a journey of self-discovery and dedication in pursuit of her. These letters delve deeper than simple expressions of love, offering a profound exploration of the power of love and the merging of reality and fantasy it evokes. Perfect for those seeking heart-throbbing romance, this collection immerses readers in the reality and perseverance of Franz in a 1920s setting. It serves as a motivational, inspiring, and romantic read, delving into the longing and frustration that accompany loving someone, making it an ideal choice for an easy, romantic beach read.

Mrs. Nash’s Ashes by Sarah Adler

Millicent Watts-Cohen's journey in search of love's enduring power makes this book a must-read for any beach getaway. With her best friend's ashes in tow, Millie sets out to fulfill a promise made nearly eighty years ago, embarking on an unexpected adventure that will captivate readers until the very end. Unexpectedly joined by Hollis Hollenbeck, their road trip is filled with peculiar encounters and unlikely adventures. As they navigate quirky bed-and-breakfasts and eccentric small-town festivals, Millie begins to question her beliefs about love, while Hollis finds himself surprisingly invested in their mission. Throughout their journey, both Millie and Hollis realize that the true destination may not be the one they originally set out for. Instead, they find themselves uncovering love and happiness in the most unexpected of places. With its charming rom-com vibes and delightful twists, this book promises to keep you hooked until the very last page, making it the perfect read to breeze through by the end of the day!

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

In this captivating blend of Greek mythology and romance, Madeline Miller spins a tale of love that transcends Greek mythology and history. The characters Achilles and Patroclus start as unlikely companions but soon find themselves entwined in a love that defies societal norms and expectations. Miller beautifully portrays their journey, showcasing their unwavering support for each other, especially during the Trojan War. As their love deepens, it becomes a source of strength, empowering them to overcome life's challenges. This beach read is a perfect blend of heartache and ease, guaranteed to leave you in tears by the end yet enjoyable enough to savor in the sand!

The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston

When Clementine's life hits rock bottom, she devises a plan to protect her heart. But everything changes when she meets a mysterious man in her late aunt's kitchen—a man from the past. As their love defies time, Clementine faces the impossible: a romance that transcends the boundaries of time itself. With a touch of fantasy and a hint of spice, this captivating beach read is perfect for devouring under the sun!

Mystery

Have You Seen Her by Catherine McKenzie

In this gripping thriller, Cassie Peters flees her secretive life in New York City for the serenity of Mammoth Lakes, California. Working for Yosemite Search and Rescue, she meets Petal, a meticulous park resident, and Jada, a college grad chronicling her travels online. When their paths converge, Cassie's buried secrets emerge, setting off unforeseen consequences in this captivating page-turner.

A Fatal Affair by A.R. Torre

In the dazzling realm of Hollywood, actress Nora is caught between two brothers: the steady and esteemed movie star Hugh, and the edgy bad boy Trent. But there's a twist – Hugh and Trent are twins. When Trent and another woman are tragically found dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide, the mystery deepens. As Hollywood detectives sift through the glittering facade, they unearth layers of deception and uncertainty. In a world where appearances are paramount, who can Nora trust, and who is concealing deadly secrets? Prepare for an irresistible beach read that seamlessly combines romance, mystery, and suspense with an unexpected twist you won't see coming. Once you dive into this gripping novel, you won't be able to tear yourself away until the very last page.

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

In this gripping thriller mystery, Letty's world is turned upside down when her sister Tanya is found dead. Following Tanya's instructions, Letty flees town with Tanya's daughter Maya, carrying only essentials for their runaway trip to Florida. As Letty and Maya navigate their way through unfamiliar territory, Letty delves into her sister's secrets while trying to remain unnoticed. Along the way, she catches the eye of the local police chief, Joe, adding another layer of complexity to her journey. Despite its length, this novel provides a fulfilling escape for readers craving a beach read that promises to keep them hooked from start to finish!

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