Happy it-will-soon-be-the-Fourth-of-July, Bookies!
Not that I’m rushing anything, mind you. But I’ve always loved the Fourth, so any excuse to conjure it up is fine with me. This year, we’ll be celebrating—and by we’ll I mean I’ll, in any case—with one of the four books below in hand. Though very different in plot, all four are thrillers, chosen by our July discussion leader, Emily Schroeder. Em, who works on strategic partnerships for RealSimple.com—anytime you see our stories running on a site like CNN.com or MSN.com, that’s Emily’s handiwork—is a new mom, so maybe she figures this is a good time to read a thriller, if she isn’t going to sleep at night anyway. Check out your choices, then vote for your favorite by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 24.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley
Life in the sleepy British countryside of 1950 becomes notably more exciting for amateur detective Flavia de Luce when she stumbles across a dying man in the local cucumber patch. Bradley’s debut is an award-winning mystery.
A Walk Across the Sun, by Corban Addison
Addison sets his powerful, suspenseful novel in Mumbai, where two suddenly orphaned girls are kidnapped and sold to a brothel owner. An American lawyer on sabbatical in India, working to prosecute human traffickers, comes across the sisters’ case—but can he save them?
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
On the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne disappears. The prime suspect? Her husband. He’s not as distraught as the public would like, but is he really a killer? A thriller about the secrets people keep in relationships.
The Lifeboat, by Charlotte Rogan
Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, another ocean liner goes down. Onboard one lifeboat, newlywed (and newly widowed) Grace struggles for her life as the overcrowded vessel drifts for days, supplies run low, and the horrible realization looms that not every passenger will survive.