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The Best New Fiction Releasing This July

by  | July 5

Summer is officially here, and we can’t be more excited! If you’re looking for the perfect read for your getaway (or staycation), check out these reads that will make you feel like you are heading to a faraway destination.

Pack your bags, and grab your passport and summer reading list: it’s the perfect time for another BookCation!

The Need

The Need

by Helen Phillips

Sienna's Pick:

The Need is an unsettling, yet captivating story of one woman’s tenuous hold on keeping her head above water as she juggles work, motherhood, and family. Molly is a paleobotanist who spends her days working at a fossil quarry and has recently unearthed a controversial Bible that has attracted media and tourist attention. At night, she’s struggling to take care of her two children, four-year-old Viv and one-year-old Ben—while her husband is away on a musical tour. One night, she discovers an intruder in her house, wearing an eerie deer mask. After confronting the masked figure, she discovers the person in the deer mask knows everything about Molly and her family. When Molly learns who the trespasser really is, she begins questioning her grip on reality.

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Temper

Temper

by Layne Fargo

Maddie’s Pick:

There is just something so appealing about lying out on the beach, soaking up the sunshine, and reading a deep, dark psychological thriller. That’s why I’m so excited about Temper by Layne Fargo. Since I’m a former actress and theater technician, the milieu of Temper immediately pulled me in. Within this Chicago theater scene, Kira, a ruthless but struggling actor, takes on the biggest role of her life working for the abusive and manipulative director Malcolm Mercer, who has a reputation for pushing actors too far. Kira is determined, and believes that she’ll be able to come out on top. This gritty and obsessive psychological drama delves into the twisted and complicated relationship between Kira, Malcolm, and the other cast members. If you are looking for an addictive thriller, you should definitely pick up a copy of Temper.

Bonus: check out this essay from Layne Fargo about how she twists bisexual stereotypes in the book.

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Breathe In, Cash Out

Breathe In, Cash Out

by Madeleine Henry

Isabel’s Pick #1:

The Devil Wears Prada and Opening Belle fans, listen up! Breathe In, Cash Out is a total summer read about a young woman, Allegra, who’s stuck working at the top investment bank in NYC. She’s secretly planning on quitting to pursue her yoga career, but it turns out that her escape plan isn’t as perfect as the exotic yoga photos she sees on Instagram. Written by a former Goldman Sachs banking analyst turned novelist and yogi, there’s no one else who could write this novel like Madeleine Henry did. It’s fun, sharp, and perfect for anyone who hated—but very much needed—their first job after college.

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Turbulence

Turbulence

by David Szalay

Erin's Pick:

I’ve always been fascinated by brief connections between strangers. You know, those moments where you and a random person briefly ally to find the same train? Or that conversation you strike up with someone when the line is too long at the post office? After those moments, you go your separate ways, and that’s the end of the story. Except in David Szalay’s Turbulence, it’s not. Turbulence is a series of interconnecting stories revolving around planes and airports. First, a woman starts a conversation with a man on a plane after some turbulence. Then, the story continues with that man, who goes home to tragic news, which also affects a pilot. The pilot flies to another country to seek comfort from a journalist, and so on as this novel ripples outward. Each section centers around a particular person in a particular place and then follows the story of another stranger they briefly encounter, taking the reader all over the world. The minute I heard about this book, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy, and I was not disappointed. It’s lyrical, and the creative storytelling method works wonderfully. Plus, it’s only 160 pages long, the perfect size to slip in your carry-on.

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Pretty Revenge

Pretty Revenge

by Emily Liebert

Mackenzie’s Pick:

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Kerrie O’Malley believes she’s been scorned the worst of all by the gorgeous and successful Jordana Pierson. When Jordana advertises for an assistant for her flourishing wedding planning company, Kerrie leaps at the opportunity to get back into Jordana’s life, and goes to scary extremes to exact her revenge. This story is like popcorn: just one page and you won’t be able to stop gobbling it up. Pretty Revenge is the perfect read for fans who loved the drama of Gossip Girl and the suspense of The Wife Between Us.

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The Helpline

The Helpline

by Katherine Collette

Isabel’s Pick #2:

I know people compare novels to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine all the time now, but this is seriously the next book for people who loved that book! Our well-meaning but often off-putting heroine, Germaine Johnson, is great with numbers but not so great with people until she starts working at a Senior Citizen Helpline and slowly begins to let the callers into her life. Filled with an eccentric and (occasionally) cranky cast of characters you can’t help but love, The Helpline is a feel-good debut that will make you reexamine what it means to lead a happy life.

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The Arrangement

The Arrangement

by Robyn Harding

Amy’s Pick:

Robyn Harding has absolutely mastered the delicate art of crafting perfectly paced thrillers with her previous two titles, The Party and Her Pretty Face, and she has completely knocked it out of the park with her third entry, The Arrangement. Delving deep into the world of sugar daddies/babies, we follow Natalie, the broke art student, and Gabe, the much older married finance attorney, through their tumultuous relationship. Natalie becomes more and more accustomed to both her new feeling of financial freedom and Gabe’s affection, and she is completely shattered when he abruptly ends their involvement. What happens next is an insane tornado of manipulation, deception, and of course…murder! This was absolutely one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 and it totally didn’t disappoint!

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Her Deadly Secrets

Her Deadly Secrets

by Laura Griffin

Heather’s Pick:

Happy birth-month to me! Not only are new episodes of Veronica Mars landing on Hulu this month, but Laura Griffin is treating us to a riveting mystery featuring another young private investigator, Kira Vance. In Her Deadly SecretsKira’s routine meeting with a top client suddenly erupts in violence, turning her world upside-down and leading her to conclude that she’s been targeted by a vicious killer. Determined to find the culprit with or without help from a shady lawyer and his elite security team, Kira follows the clues deeper and deeper into Houston’s shady legal world. As the danger mounts, though, she begins to suspect she may be the only one who can solve this case and save herself....

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This Is How You Lose the Time War

This Is How You Lose the Time War

by Amal El-Mohtar

Sara’s Pick #1:

Falling in love in the middle of a war is usually a bad idea, but it's an even worse one to fall in love with someone on the other side of the conflict. But that's exactly what happens in This is How You Lose the Time War when one agent finds a letter from the other, and she reads it instead of burning it. The main characters, called Red and Blue, trade correspondence layered with jabs and barbs, which slowly morphs into genuine feeling for each other. Fighting across space and time, the two women find themselves in a tricky situation, and though the novel is short, it demands to be read over and over.

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Wanderers

Wanderers

by Chuck Wendig

Sara’s Pick #2:

To me, the best parts of apocalyptic fiction aren't the life-or-death scenarios, or the unraveling of society in the darkest ways possible, but the scenes that show that life, that humanity, goes on. Chuck Wendig's latest novel, Wanderers, starts off as the tale of Shana and her sister, who has caught some strange sleep-walking disease, which leads to her heading toward some unknown destination. There’s a huge cast of characters involved—from a disgraced scientist brought in by a super-computer to a rock star to a priest, among others. Even as the world falls apart, the connections that bind us together, and keep us apart, remain. If you’re a fan of Station Eleven, The Stand, or any other land-crossing dystopian fiction, I highly urge you to check this book out.

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