Nice weather is finally here! And with it, grand plans to get out of the house more often, spend time in the sun, and hopefully relaxing on vacation (or even a stay-cation). ‘Read more books’ might be on your list of summer goals, but what to read? There are so many good ones out there and only so much room in that suitcase! That’s why I’ve compiled a list of books for vacation, my top three recommendations. So you don’t have to scour lists to decide what to read, along with everything else that you need to plan with a family vacation.
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Emma Davis vividly remembers her last night spent at Camp Nightingale as a teen. She was roomed with the three oldest campers, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison. All of whom vanished that night without a single clue to their whereabouts. The camp was shut down and out of business for years. But now, Emma’s invited by the camp director to return for the summer as an art teacher. Because she has earned her fame through her paintings of dark forests with hidden figures dressed in white. When she returns to camp, she finds herself roomed in the same cabin as her last summer there, with three other girls. Unexplainable events begin to happen and Emma feels on edge. Is there a chance she could find out what happened to her three roommates years ago? Or will someone stop her before she can find the truth?
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
Meet Vivian Schuyler, a recent college graduate living in Manhattan in 1964. She’s determined to break family tradition and get a job at Metropolitan magazine, when she receives a strange package in the mail from overseas. The contents of which draw her into her family’s history. Specifically her aunt, Violet Schuyler Grant, who’s been wiped from her family’s history. Violet Grant lives in Berlin in 1914, married to a decades-older scientist, Dr. Walter Grant, who supports her work as a physicist. However, when Lionel Richardson, Dr. Grant’s former student and a captain in the British army, arrives on campus, he challenges her to break free of her loveless marriage and flee the country before the outbreak of war. As Vivian traces her aunt’s footsteps through time, we also watch as Vivian reflects on her own past and tries to find love.
The Dry by Jane Harper
Set in a small farming community in the Australian outback of Kiewarra, a family of three is found murdered during one of the worst droughts the community has ever seen. The suspect is the family’s father, who appears to have committed suicide. Federal Police Investigator Aaron Falk visits for the funeral of his childhood friend and the family’s father, Luke Hadler. During his visit, Falk reluctantly extends his stay to investigate the deaths of the Hadler family, which threatens to surface a secret he and Luke buried during their childhood years.
What’s a good summer read without a little mystery? These books for vacation are sure to keep you reading until the late sun goes down and the mosquitoes come out. What would you recommend as a great vacation book? Have you read any of the books on this list? Be sure to leave a comment below!
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