Here are some other suggestions for that summer read on the beach, at the park, on the train or plane, or wherever you find yourself wanting to turn a page to escape.
—"One True Loves: A Novel" (Washington Square Press,) by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A young woman named Emma finds love again with Sam after losing her husband, Jesse, in a helicopter crash. Just when things seem too perfect, Jesse resurfaces. Emma is torn between her old life and love and her new one. Author Taylor Jenkins Reid is so talented at creating characters you believe in, it's hard to root for one scenario over another. This is what makes "One True Loves" so compelling.
—"The Girls" (Random House,) by Emma Cline
A lonely, self-conscious teen named Evie is drawn into a cult like the Manson family of the 1960s. The story examines how a so-called "normal" girl would end up in a cult. "The Girls" by Emma Cline is a dual narrative showing Evie's teenage seduction into this bizarre world and then Evie's life decades later as an adult, when she's tried to put the past behind her.
—"Dear Fang, With Love" (Knopf,) by Rufi Thorpe
Lucas, an absentee father, reconnects with his teenage daughter, Vera, after she's diagnosed as being bipolar after having an episode at a party. Unsure of how to handle the daughter he barely knows and how to be a parent, Lucas whisks Vera away to Lithuania to heal. It's the first time they've spent any real time together and we learn about fathers and daughters, mental illness and how the past can affect the present in Rufi Thorpe's "Dear Fang, With Love."
—"Monsters: A Love Story" (G.P. Putnam's Sons,) by Liz Kay
Stacey, a recently widowed mother from Omaha who is a moderately successful poet, is contacted by A-list actor Tommy who wants to turn one of her works into a movie. The two embark on a romance that on paper should never work but the two can't resist each other. "Monsters: A Love Story" by Liz Kay follows the pair as they try to make sense of what's happening between them.
—"Falling" (Berkley,) by Jane Green
Jane Green already has a following of loyal readers that will gobble up any of her offerings, but some are calling "Falling" her best yet. It's about Emma, from the upper crust of British society, who moves to Westport, Connecticut, to find herself and start over. She falls in love with her landlord and an emotional roller coaster ensues.
—"The Outliers" (HarperCollins,) by Kimberly McCreight
"The Outliers" by Kimberly McCreight is about a young woman named Wylie who sets out to save her best friend from some sort of mysterious trouble with the help of her best friend's on-again, off-again boyfriend. This novel reads like a psychological thriller and mind game.
—"Maestra" (G.P. Putnam's Sons,) by L.S. Hilton
The first in a trilogy series, "Maestra" by L.S. Hilton follows Judith Ashleigh, who works at an art gallery in London by day and a champagne bar at night. She uncovers an art forgery conspiracy and her life goes down a dangerous, erotic path. Already a hit in London, the book is being adapted into a film.