The best paperback releases of summer 2019

Who doesn’t love a good paperback release? They’re easier to travel with, you can crack the spine and sometimes, it means your favorite books get a brand new cover you can drool over. Check out the best paperback releases of summer 2019 now and get to building your #TBR pile.

Limelight by Amy Poeppel

Allison Brinkley has just uprooted her family and moved to New York City, looking for a new start. But when everything starts to fall apart, she wonders if she made the right decision. Just when she thinks all hope is lost, she meets pop star Carter Reid and becomes his personal assistant. When she starts her new job, she’ll find her footing in the Big Apple.


Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Cat Kinsella has a troublesome past of her own but spends her time investigating the crimes of others. When Cat arrives on the crime scene of a young housewife, she thinks it’s a case of domestic violence. She is shocked to discover that the murder is connected to a tragic event from her past. Even worse, she begins to think that her own father may have had something to do with this complex and horrifying chain of murders and disappearances.


The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock

Fredericka is lucky to be pregnant considering the current state of the world’s dystopian society. But her sister has gone missing and she knows she has to send their brother in her place to make sure she doesn’t lose the baby. Descending into the underworld in search of his younger sister, Gardner Quinn, Carter will come to find out secrets about his family that will have damaging effects for everyone.


The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The AIDS epidemic is at the center of this award-winning novel. Yale is at the top of his game in Chicago as a development director at an art gallery when AIDS takes the lives of many people he loves. Holding onto the relationship he has with a late friend’s younger sister, Fiona, he tries to not fall victim to the disease himself. Thirty years later, Fiona is coming to terms with the way the epidemic changed her life and her relationship with her daughter.


Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Willa Knox knows what it’s like to be a disadvantaged woman in 2016 and is constantly at battle with the world around her. Her story of the human condition falls in line with the difficult life of Thatcher Greenwood who, in 1871, was pursuing his work as a teacher and advocate for Charles Darwin’s way of thinking. Both being pushed aside by society, they must find new ways to spread their message and make impactful change.


Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

In 1939, 12-year-old Rill Foss is suddenly in charge of her four younger siblings when their parents leave for a trip to the hospital and never come back. Not even old enough to take care of herself, she tries to keep her family together during troublesome times. Flash forward to the present day and Avery Stafford is coming home to take care of her father. What she doesn’t expect is to stumble upon a secret that will take her through her family’s secretive history.


The Outsider by Stephen King

When an 11-year-old boy turns up dead in Flint City, all eyes are on Little League coach and father Terry Maitland. Although the evidence seems damning, Terry sticks to his innocent plea and as the investigators and townspeople happen upon more gruesome details, they come to find that it may not be Terry at all and instead something much darker.


The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

When a group of young artists travels to a manor on the banks of the Upper Thames, all they want is a peaceful stay and uninterrupted time to be inspired and create. But by the end of their stay, someone has been shot dead. Over a century later, Elodie Winslow has stumbled upon artifacts from that fateful trip and it’ll be up to her to unravel the mystery of what really happened at Birchwood Manor.


An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

It’s wintertime at Mitchell’s Inn and the guests are ready for a cozy stay at the scenic hotel. But then a blizzard moves in cutting off the power and trapping the guests in the building. When someone ends up dead, it seems as if it’s an accident… until another guest dies. There’s a killer picking off guests one at a time and the remaining residents must protect themselves if they want to survive the winter storm and the murderer.

Ashley Johnson

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Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

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