Son of Summer Reading

Following in the footnotes of Bride of Summer Reading, here are some titles to get you through August.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl (Crown) by Gillian Flynn is an eerie, hypnotic suspense novel that’s the ultimate summer read. It will certainly keep you up at night. This  shattering portrait of a marriage gone bad is wickedly revealed through a missing wife’s diary entries and her husband’s first person narrative. Ms. Flynn—author of Sharp Objects— manages to pull this off skillfully.  Gone Girl  has secured a place on our Ten Best Books of 2012.

Kill You Twice

Just in time for the hammock,  Chelsea Cain‘s Kill You Twice (Minotaur Books) has arrived. If you thought the “Beauty Killer” Gretchen Lowell would be left to rot in a mental hospital, think again. She’s back to haunt Archie Sheridan. Hard to see how Cain can top her novel The Night Season, but I’m dying to see if she does.

Zombie Cat

I’ve only only heard rumors about Zombie Cat: The Tale of a Decomposing Kitty (Skyhorse) which is due to hit the shelves (with a splat!) October 1st. OK, it’s not a summer read, so kill me.
But it’s always nice to see black humor  find a home in a down market.

The Twenty-Year Death

The long-awaited novel by Ariel S. Winter has finally been released—(I received an early review copy 8 months ago!)—by Hard Case Crime. The Twenty-Year Death is a massive genre experiment that nears the 700 page mark. It’s actually three novels in one,  written in the styles of Georges Simenon, Raymond Chandler, and Jim Thompson. (Hmm, could Winter actually be Tom Pynchon?) Startlingly original and breathtaking, this one is a keeper. August is a good time to start reading so you can finish it by, well, winter.