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The best books of summer 2019 by She Reads

Summer is hands down one of the best seasons for reading and no matter what you have planned or where you’re spending the hottest months of the year, you’re going to need some good reading material. Check out 11 of the best books of summer 2019 and start stacking your #TBR pile high!

Some Choose Darkness

by Charlie Donlea

Rory Moore’s specialty is finding clues and facts about criminal investigations that the authorities can’t. Rifling through her late father’s office, she stumbles upon evidence that will bring her back to a decades-old case where five Chicago women were murdered by a mysterious man known as The Thief.

Retracing the final days of the woman who believed she knew the identity of the killer, Rory will come across details and secrets that will turn the unsolved case on its head. If you’re looking for a gripping thriller that will give you the chills in the heat of summer, you’ll love Some Choose Darkness.

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The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt

by Andrea Bobotis

Judith Kratt is in charge of keeping her family’s darkest secrets safe and when she hears about her estranged sister’s plans to return to town, she knows her family’s damaging past could be exposed. With her reputation on the line, Judith Kratt will learn the true power of secrets and the ways they impact small towns in this southern fiction read from Andrea Bobotis.

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

by Elaine Welteroth

Elaine Welteroth has made a name for herself in the media industry as a journalist and through her years of hard work and dedication, she has learned many valuable lessons. In her first memoir, Welteroth shares her experiences and what she’s learned along the way to inspire others to take a leap and be courageous in their own lives.

The Road She Left Behind

by Christine Nolfi

After a car accident that wrecked Darcy Goodridge’s family and left her crushed by her own guilt, she left her home, vowing to never return. But eight years after losing her sister and father she’ll have to return to the tortured place to piece together the disappearance of her nephew and unravel her family’s most dangerous secrets.

Into the Jungle

by Erica Ferencik

Lily Bushwold’s existence is forever changed when she leaves a cycle of foster care and group homes behind, and takes a teaching job in Bolivia. But when the teaching job falls through, she takes up the only good option she has: taking off on a terrifying revenge mission with a new love. Descending into the dangerous jungles of an isolated river town, Lily will be up against forces that can kill her in an instant. Can she make it out alive armed with nothing but her own smarts or will the jungle outsmart her and take her life for good?

The Sentence Is Death

by Anthony Horowitz

Celebrity divorce lawyer Richard Pryce has just been found dead holding an expensive bottle of wine in his hand with a three-digit number written on the wall behind his body. As the lawyer didn’t drink alcohol, the police are baffled by the crime scene. Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his colleague, Anthony, will work together to discover many secrets behind the murder. One that could also have deadly consequences for both of them.

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again, Yes tells the story of NYPD rookie cops Francis and Brian and the way their private lives are about to drastically change. This summer novel explores the ways that childhood affects our lives and when loyalties are questioned between these men and their wives, they’ll find out the kind people they really are.

The Last Widow

by Karin Slaughter

The Last Widow‘s chaos begins when a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is abducted in a shopping mall parking lot. Later, an Atlanta neighborhood that houses the CDC, two hospitals and the FBI headquarters is bombed and it’ll be up to Sara Linton and Will Trent to uncover the conspiracy and solve this dangerous case.

Pursuits Unknown

by Ellen Clary

Amy has a special bond with her kelpie-shepherd mix Lars and when they find a missing scientist who’s suffering from a disorder like Alzheimer’s, she learns that this case is unlike any other. If Amy and Lars want to save the scientist, his precious research and the human population, she’ll have to go undercover in the midst of this dangerous scheme.

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

When Lisa Taddeo set out to research desire, she didn’t know that it would bring about such a radical conclusion. She tells the story of three unique women in this summer release. From a homemaker in Indiana who has lost the spark in her marriage to a woman whose husband enjoys seeing her have sex with other men and women, and lastly, a 17-year-old girl who gets involved with her English teacher – this non-fiction book is both shocking and beautiful.

On A Quiet Street by J.L. Doucette

The fiancée of prominent attorney Connor Collins has just been murdered, leaving Dr. Pepper and Detective Beau Antelope to get to the bottom of the heinous crime. Delving into the life of the supposedly happy couple, Dr. Pepper and Detective Beau Antelope will find a strange connection between this new murder and other local unsolved crimes. Was it really the mysterious man Collins suspects or did the attorney have motives of his own to get rid of his fiancée?

Feature image courtesy of @suspensethrill

This article is sponsored by Kensington Book Corp.

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Ashley Johnson


May 31, 2019

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.


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