I'm still plugging away at the books I chose for the Summer TBR Wipeout hosted by The Candid Cover. Here's what I've been reading recently:
I finally read Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer - I saw so many glowing reviews for this a couple months ago that I knew I had to read it. This story about two teenagers who anonymously share their grief with each other was so emotional; I really loved the way Juliet and Declan opened up to each other in ways they couldn't with other people in their lives, and the story and characters felt so real.
After reading Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard, I am so glad I'm not going on a cruise this summer! This story about a man trying to find his girlfriend after she disappears from a cruise ship is a fast-moving and suspenseful read. I definitely lost some hours of sleep over this one, and it kept me guessing until the very end.
Maybe it's because her books always take place on Nantucket, but when I think of quintessential "summer" authors, Elin Hilderbrand is at the top of that list. The Castaways is about a group of eight friends (four couples) and the aftermath when one of the couples drowns on a boating trip. This book is intensely character-driven; I could have used a bit more plot.
So - I have three books left out of the 10 I originally chose - I'm hoping these last three will be winners!