If you’re looking for something to take your beach reading game up a notch, look no further than these unputdownable beach reads of 2022.
Summer is officially here, which means it’s time to hit the beach!
If you’re looking for great books that will keep you entertained all summer long, check out the hottest beach reads of this summer, from thrillers and suspense novels to romances and beachy chick-lit.
Whether you’re hitting the beach or lounging by the pool, these books are sure to keep you entertained all season long. So, grab your sunscreen and your beach bag, and get ready for some summer fun!
Beach Reads of 2022
by Emily Henry
With a love for books and a passion for writing, Book Lovers by Emily Henry is an insightful and delightful novel that explores the intricacies of relationships, romance, and self-discovery. Told from the perspectives of two rival literary agents who are unexpectedly thrown together in a small town in North Carolina, this clever and captivating story will keep you on the edge of your seat as Nora and Charlie navigate their way through unexpected twists and turns, all while trying to uncover the true meaning of love and happiness.
Nora Goes Off Script
by Annabel Monaghan
Nora Hamilton is a romance channel screenwriter whose husband has just left her. In order to make some extra money, she decides to write a script based on her own life. To her surprise, the script is picked up for production and she is cast opposite former Sexiest Man Alive Leo Vance. During filming, Nora and Leo develop a deep connection. But when shooting wraps and Leo leaves, Nora is left wondering if their relationship was just for the cameras.
by Katherine Center
While Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindergarten teacher than somebody who could kill you, she’s actually an Executive Protection Agent. When Jack Stapleton, a famous actor, hires Hannah to protect him from his middle-aged stalker, the two must pretend to be in a relationship in order to keep up the charade. As they spend more time together, their pretend relationship starts to feel more and more real, leading to potential heartbreak.
It All Comes Down to This
by Therese Anne Fowler
When their mother dies, The Geller sisters have to face their own secrets and desires. Beck is a freelance journalist whose marriage is more like a sibling bond than a passionate partnership. Claire is a pediatric cardiologist who has always felt like the misfit of the family. And Sophie is a young woman whose glamorous life is actually a cash-strapped house of cards.
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One of The Girls
by Lucy Clarke
When six very different women travel to a sun-soaked Greek island for Lexi’s bachelorette party, they’re each hiding a secret. Someone is determined to ensure that Lexi’s marriage never happens – and that one of them doesn’t leave the island alive. As dangerous undercurrents start to run beneath the surface of their seemingly perfect vacation, it becomes clear that there’s more at stake than just Lexi’s wedding.
The Hotel Nantucket
by Elin Hilderbrand
The Hotel Nantucket is a world-famous resort that was once the jewel of the Gilded Age. Now, it’s been abandoned and is in need of a major overhaul. When Lizbet Keaton is named the new general manager, she’s determined to turn things around. With the help of her staff and a London billionaire owner, she just might be able to make the Hotel Nantucket great again. But with a haunted past and a lot of secrets, the road to success is anything but easy.
by Kirstin Chen
Ava Wong is a successful Chinese American lawyer with a happy family life. But when her old college roommate, Winnie Fang, reappears and draws her into a scheme involving counterfeit luxury handbags, Ava’s perfect world begins to unravel. As their business grows, Ava and Winnie find themselves in over their heads, and when Winnie suddenly vanishes, Ava is left to face the consequences.
These Impossible Things
by Salma El-Wardany
In this coming-of-age debut novel, three best friends must navigate the complicated terrain of love, sex, faith, and family as they move into adulthood. Malak, Kees, and Jenna have been inseparable since childhood. But as they enter their college years, they find themselves pulled in different directions by the expectations of their families, their community, and their own desires.
The Lies I Tell
by Julie Clark
A domestic thriller that explores the lives of two women who are determined to seek justice for the past and rewrite the future. The story follows con artist Meg Williams, who uses different identities to con unsuspecting people out of their money. When she comes up against Kat Roberts, a woman who has been waiting for years for her to return, the two begin a cat-and-mouse game that will have you guessing until the very end.
By The Book
by Jasmine Guillory
Overworked and underpaid, Izzy is tired of being one of the only Black employees at her company. When she overhears her boss complaining about a high-profile author who has failed to deliver his manuscript, she sees an opportunity to get the promotion she deserves. When she decides to go to the author’s Santa Barbara mansion and give him a pep talk, she finds that Beau Towers is not some lightweight writing a tell-all memoir. Still, they have more in common than both expected.
Our Last Days in Barcelona
by Chanel Cleeton
by Christina Lauren
Lily Wilder is the daughter of a notorious treasure hunter and uses her father’s maps to lead tourists on fake treasure hunts. Leo Grady is the man she once loved and he’s back in her life with a group of friends ready to hit the trails. When the trip goes wrong, the group wonders if maybe the legend of the hidden treasure wasn’t a gimmick after all. Lily and Leo must work together to try and find the treasure while also confront their history.
This Time Tomorrow
by Emma Straub
Alice’s life isn’t terrible, but she can’t help feeling like something is missing. On the eve of her 40th birthday, Alice gets the chance to relive her 16th birthday. She finds herself back in 1996, with her father being the 40-something version of himself. This gives her a new perspective on her own life and his, and she starts to question if there’s anything she would change if she could.
Remarkably Bright Creatures
by Shelby Van Pelt
A charming, witty exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope. Told through the eyes of a widowed woman who forms an unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus living at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, this novel follows Tova as she uncovers the truth surrounding her son’s mysterious disappearance over thirty years ago. With Marcellus’s help, Tova finally has a chance to find the closure she needs and move on with her life.
One Italian Summer
by Rebecca Serle
When her mother dies, Katy is left reeling just when she needs her the most. To make matters worse, they had a planned mother daughter trip to Positano, the idyllic location where Carol spent the summer before meeting Katy’s father. She has been waiting for this trip for years, and now she is on her own. But as soon as she sets foot on the Amalfi Coast, she can feel her mother’s spirit.
by Beth O’Leary
An utterly extraordinary tearjerker of a book, this is O’Leary’s most ambitious novel yet. Three women – Siobhan, Miranda, and Jane – all waiting for their respective dates, who never show up. Through their individual stories, the novel explores the different ways in which we search for love and how it can sometimes be difficult to find. With Beth O’Leary’s trademark humor and warmth, The No-Show is a delightful novel about modern love.
The Christie Affair
by Nina de Gramont
A beguiling novel about the inexplicable 11-day absence of Agatha Christie that stunned the world: but Agatha Christie’s disappearance wasn’t the biggest mystery; it was what she discovered. And now, for the first time, it is told from her husband’s mistress’ viewpoint.
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The Night Shift
by Alex Finlay
Four adolescent girls working the late shift are assaulted. Only one of them survives and a suspect vanishes without a trace. Fifteen years later, in the same town, four teenage employees working late at an ice cream store are murdered, and only one of them survives. Both survivors recall the murderer uttering just a few final remarks before he left: “Goodnight, pretty girl.”
by Isabel Allende
If you’re looking for a sweeping and emotionally charged story with a strong female character, Isabel Allende’s latest novel is the perfect book. Violeta’s life is shaped by some of the most important events in history; through her eyes, we see the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants and the experience of poverty and wealth, terrible losses, and immense joy, and not one but two pandemics.
The Golden Couple
by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Marissa and Mathew Bishop seem like the golden couple–until Marissa cheats. After a friend forwards an article about Avery, Marissa takes a chance on this maverick therapist, who lost her license due to controversial methods. When therapy starts all three are set on a collision course, because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.
The Wedding Veil
by Kristy Woodson Harvey
New York Times bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with a novel about four women across different generations, all connected by a family heirloom, a wedding veil, as they each experience different turmoil in their lives. The veil has always been seen as a symbol of good luck in marriage, but as the women’s individual stories unfold, it becomes clear that the veil might not be able to bring them the happiness they all hope for.
The Younger Wife
by Sally Hepworth
A domestic suspense about the tangled vines of family secrets. Heart surgeon Stephen Aston is getting married again, but his daughters Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family’s secrets – and who their father really is. With their mother in a precarious position, the sisters want to know about Heather, Stephen’s new wife and younger than both of them. As they all close in on the truth, dangerous secrets are revealed that could have explosive consequences.
The Librarian Spy
by Madeline Martin
A moving tale of resistance, courage, and hope, perfect for fans of Kelly Rimmer’s The Warsaw Orphan. Inspired by the true story of America’s library spies during World War II, the novel follows two women – Ava, who is working as a spy in Lisbon, and Elaine, who is part of the Resistance in France. As the war rages on, the two women find themselves connecting through coded messages and discovering hope in the face of adversity.
The It Girl
by Ruth Ware
An atmospheric and suspenseful murder mystery from New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware. Hannah Jones befriends April Clarke-Cliveden, the It girl of their group of friends, and she quickly pulls Hannah into her orbit. Until in the second term of their studies, April is found dead. A decade later, Hannah’s world is rocked when new evidence comes to light. As she reconnects with old friends and investigates the new evidence, she realizes that everyone she thought she knew has something to hide…including a murder.
The Summer Getaway
by Susan Mallery
Single mother, Robyn Caldwell takes the vacation of a lifetime to find herself. As she relaxes in the sun-drenched state of California, she begins to see all the possibilities that life has to offer. With her family close by, she finally feels free to explore new dreams and relationships. This heartfelt novel is perfect for fans of Mallery’s bestselling books.
The House Across The Lake
by Riley Sager
When Casey Fletcher retreats to her family’s lake house in Vermont, the last thing she expects is to get wrapped up in the lives of her glamorous neighbors, Tom and Katherine Royce. As she spends more time watching them, however, Casey begins to suspect that all is not as it seems in the Royce household, and when Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey is convinced that Tom is behind it. But the more she investigates, the more she realizes that there are dark secrets lurking beneath the surface of the idyllic lake house.
The Love of my Other Life
by C.J. Connolly
Josie is a 36-year-old British woman living in Brooklyn. She has a crush on a guy who she thinks is about to break up with his girlfriend, and she’s looking forward to her birthday dinner with friends. However, her plans change when she’s involved in a bike accident and wakes up in a hospital. As she begins to recover, she realizes that she’s in a completely different life – one where she’s married to a handsome stranger and living in Manhattan.
The Murders at Fleat House
by Lucinda Riley
Detective Inspector Jazmine ‘Jazz’ Hunter investigates the death of a pupil at a small English boarding school. The case takes a turn when it becomes clear that foul play may be involved, and Jazz must contend with a cast of suspects, including staff and students at the school. As she gets closer to the truth, Jazz must also confront her demons, making this the most challenging murder investigation of her career.
The Summer Place
by Jennifer Weiner
The New York Times bestselling author of That Summer returns with a heartwarming story about the power of family and love in the face of adversity. The Danhauser family is gathering for a wedding that takes place against the backdrop of the pandemic. As the story unfolds, they must deal with the challenges of the virus and their own personal dramas.
Honey & Spice
by Bolu Babalola
Kiki Banjo is a sharp-tongued student at Whitewell University who has made it her mission to help other women avoid the mess of “situationships” and heartbreak. But when she finds herself caught up in a fake relationship with the very man she warned her girlfriends about, Kiki begins to question everything she thought she knew about love. Brimming with humor and heart, Honey and Spice is a delightful debut novel that will leave you eagerly anticipating Bolu Babalola’s next book.
Things We Do in the Dark
by Jennifer Hillier
A gripping, twisting thriller about a woman who is forced to confront her dark past when she is accused of murdering her celebrity husband. Paris Peralta has worked hard to build a new life for herself, but when she is arrested for her husband’s murder, she knows that it is only a matter of time before someone from her past recognizes her and destroys everything she has built. To prevent this, Paris must face the demons of her past head-on.
Carrie Soto is Back
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Carrie Soto is a fierce tennis player who has always been determined to win at any cost. When six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself watching her record be taken from her by a younger, brutal player named Nicki Chan, Carrie decides to come out of retirement to prove that she is still the best tennis player in the world. (On Sale: August 30)
From heart-warming romance to thrilling suspense, there’s a beach read on this list for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Start reading today!