A missing wife, a madcap road trip, and suspicion and lies between brothers: Pull up a lounge chair and pour a cocktail. Our top five spring break beach reads offer the best kind of drama—not yours.
- The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
Beware of sunburn. Once you start this breakout novel, you won’t leave the beach until you’ve turned the last page. It’s the tale of three women: A new wife, an ex-wife, and a wife gone missing. When their lives intersect, evil and trickery abound with the spouses under suspicion and the two remaining women in line for the kill. Available in hardcover only, this gripping read is worth the weight.
- The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty
John Paul Fitzpatrick is very much alive. So when his wife Cecelia finds a letter from him marked, “to be opened only in the event of my death,” she does what anyone would do—she reads it. On its pages is a devastating secret that threatens to destroy not only their relationship, but also the lives of others and Cecelia’s own sense of self. Caution: This riveting page-turner may cause you to question how well you know your spouse.
- One Plus One, Jojo Moyes
British novelist Jojo Moyes (Me Before You) offers a fresh take on a winning formula: Four eccentrics thrown together on a cross-country road trip. There’s Jess Thomas, housecleaner and single mother; her daughter, Tanzie, a precocious math whiz; her stepson, Nicky, a brooding teen with a penchant for eye makeup; and Ed Nicholls, a wealthy tech-company founder on the lam for insider trading. Pile in as this wacky quartet makes its way from London to Scotland for a seat at the Math Olympiad.
- The Escape, David Baldacci
The heat is on as David Baldacci’s steely John Puller, a combat veteran and U.S. Army special agent, returns for a third, action-packed thriller. This time it’s personal as Puller’s brother, Robert, a traitor serving a life sentence in Leavenworth, escapes, leaving a corpse in his cell. Puller is charged with identifying the dead man and finding and arresting Robert with the aid of Veronica Knox, an Army Intelligence agent his gut says not to trust.
- The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Move over Dickens, there’s a new orphan in town. Abandoned as a child, Victoria Jones has lived in at least 32 different foster homes by the time she turns 18. Aging out of the system, she lands on the streets of San Francisco—guarded, angry, and homeless. Her only solace is a small garden she maintains in San Francisco’s McKinley Square. Taken in by a florist, Victoria is introduced to Grant, a mysterious man with acute ties to her abusive past.
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