Thrills and chills
The Intruder by Hakan Ostlundh (Minotaur, Aug. 18)
Nordic crime fiction is intensely popular and this is yet another great Swedish writer. Ostlundh, once as a journalist for Sweden’s bestselling morning newspaper, crafts a tale about the Andersson family, which is being sent threatening letters. High-quality suspense.
Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay (Harper Collins, July)
Journalist David Harwood takes his son to his own hometown after his wife dies and the newspaper he works for collapses. Our regular Whodunit reviewer Jack Batten says this is Canadian writer Barclay’s best book yet.
The Hesitation Cut by Giles Blunt (Random House, August)
From the Canadian author of the John Cardinal series, a small twist: a suspense novel starring a young Benedictine monk and troubled poet.
Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill (Thomas Nelson, July 14)
This ex-news anchor has a two-book deal. This thriller features Ava Carson, a woman whose picture-perfect marriage is unravelling. She starts digging into the past for the truth . . . which isn’t, of course, what it seems.
Take it to the beach
Villa America by Liza Klaussmann (Bond Street Books)
A luscious, jazz-era read about the real-life, art-commune couple who were the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic Tender Is the Night.
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan (Doubleday)
The sequel to Crazy Rich Asians follows the same wealthy, young social climbers and pokes fun at their flashy cars and lavish lifestyle. It’s the second of a planned trilogy focusing on the world through protagonist Rachel’s eyes.