6 Dazzling New Beach Reads (Plus 15 Classics)
Read them by the sea, by the pool, on the porch. Each one is secret
vacation inside your vacation.
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Big Little Lies
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
If you're looking for a novel that will turn you into a compulsive
book-finisher—despite the sand flung in your face by passing walkers and the
screams of very loud children jumping in waves—look no further. Moriarty has
produced another gripping, satirical hit. Trivia night at Pirriwee Public
School comes to an abrupt end when one of the parents ends up dead. But who?
The reader is the last to know, since the book jumps back in time, following three
women whose lives intersect six months before the fatal party. While the momentum
of who actually died drives Big
Little Lies forward, it’s
can’t-put-downability comes from its darker subplots (read: domestic abuse,
bullying, infidelity) that Moriarty explores, even as she pokes fun at
idealized suburban life. Laugh—and perhaps groan—in recognition, but read to
the end. A book that will make you appreciate the long days of summer, when everyone
one—not just kids—gets a break from school-related pressure.
— Elisabeth Witchel