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Hot Summer Reads

New releases to tuck in your beach bag, bring to your backyard, or enjoy from the comfort of your couch.

This summer may look a bit different from years past in terms of travel and social gatherings, but one escape remains the same—the magical mental vacation we can find between the pages of a book. Whether you like nail-biting suspense novels, stories of exciting outdoor adventures, or feel-good fiction, we’ve got a list for you.

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda 

As a young girl, Arden Maynor was safely found days after sleepwalking away from home. The infamy of the story overshadows her life until she relocates and changes her name. Now, the twentieth anniversary of her rescue is approaching and she’s sleepwalking again. One night she awakens in her yard, with a body at her feet—the corpse of a man she knew in her previous life as Arden Maynor. 

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Twenty-five years after her family fled Baneberry Hall in the middle of the night, Maggie Holt inherits the sprawling estate. Skeptical and too young to remember her time in the house, Maggie is determined to simply restore and sell the home. As she pursues her project, she begins to believe her father’s stories—and what she uncovers is more terrifying than any haunting.

Alice Knott by Blake Butler

After several pieces of artwork are stolen from Alice Knott’s vault, a video emerges of one painting’s detailed destruction. As the video goes viral and copycat artwork destructions increase, all eyes are on the formerly reclusive heiress. Atlanta author, Blake Butler uses Alice’s introspective monologues to deliver a layered novel analyzing art’s meaning, legacy, and value.

The American Adrenaline Narrative 

by Kristin J. Jacobson 

With the Summer Olympics postponed, you can get your adrenaline rush from this collection of narratives focused on the rise of heightened-risk, “extreme” sports within a natural setting. Perfect for lovers of Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air” or Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”.

Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle

Atlanta author Kimberly Belle is back with a riveting new domestic thriller that will have you thinking twice about what lies beneath the surface of your favorite lake. When Charlotte married wealthy widower Paul there was local gossip, but now a body has washed up under their dock—in the exact same spot where Paul’s first wife tragically drowned. What first seems like a horrific coincidence quickly becomes a matter of life and death when Charlotte discovers the woman in the lake is not a stranger.

The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia

The century spanning feud between the Moores and the Pogociellos is about to be settled once and for all on the reality television restaurant competition, Food Wars. While the two teams each try to prove that they make the best fried chicken in the state, family secrets will be exposed and sibling bonds will be put to the test. Explore the power of good food while you try to figure out which restaurant (and family) will win: Chicken Mimi’s or Chicken Frannie’s? 

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