Beach reads are fun, easy, light books with compelling stories and satisfying endings. They don’t have too much depth or symbolism, so they’re perfect for when you just want to relax and enjoy yourself!
Authors to read on the beach:
- Elin Hilderbrand (domestic fiction)
- Nancy Thayer (domestic fiction)
- Michael Connelly (police procedural)
- Mary Kubica (suspense)
- John Sandford (thriller)
- Nora Roberts (romance)
- Vince Flynn (political thriller)
- Ruth Ware (thriller)
The Silent Patient / Alex Michaelides (2019)
A criminal psychologist treats a famous and successful artist who shot her husband and refuses to speak.
My Sister, the Serial Killer / Oyinkan Braithwaite (2018)
A woman suspects the worst of her sister, after she is called for the third time to help clean up a “little mess.”
The Witch Elm / Tana French (2018)
A man goes to his family’s home to care for his dying uncle, and finds a skull buried at the base of a tree.
The Perfect Nanny / Leïla Slimani (2016)
A French couple hire a nanny to care for their two children. She seems perfect, until the unthinkable happens.
Warm and funny romances:
Do This for Me / Eliza Kennedy (2018)
When a woman finds out her husband is cheating on her, she spirals into anger before realizing she’s still in love with him.
The Island House / Nancy Thayer (2016)
A woman travels to an old vacation spot, hoping the man she’s been crushing on for years returns her feelings.
The Royal We / Heather Cocks (2015)
A woman is thrown into the spotlight when she falls in love with her classmate at Oxford, who happens to be a prince.
Garden Spells / Sarah Addison Allen (2007)
Two sisters with a unique magical gift reconnect and find love when they are brought together in their childhood home.