Summer reads to capture your imagination

Summer is quickly approaching and for many people this means  there will be more time to pick up some books to  read, if you’re into that. Personally, I always like to use the summer months to catch up on reading because during the school year there is just not enough time sometimes to sit down and really enjoy a good book. 


 My go-to genres are psychological thrillers and crime novels. If you’re interested in those genres, you’ll probably like these recommendations. If not, try it out, it might surprise you. 


At the top of the list I recommend you read is “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides. The book follows the personal life of Theo Faber who is a criminal psychotherapist and is intrigued with this one patient who, after she murdered her husband, did not speak another word. Theo is determined to make her speak again and uncover the truth. The book provides you with journal entries of the silent woman, Theo’s perspective and personal issues. With the unexpected twists and turns, you won’t want to put it down. I finished this book in less than two days and I was absolutely shocked by the ending. 10/10 would recommend. 


The second recommendation I have for you is not a single book, but a series. I started this series a while ago and every book can be read as a stand-alone but is much better when read in order. James Patterson is one of the better crime writers out there and has written so many books and series, including the Alex Cross series. Alex Ccross is a psychologist and a detective working in the Washington D.C. area with the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPD). The series follows Alex, his family and a bunch of crime fighting. As said, the books can be read by themselves but I highly recommend reading it in order starting with “Along Came a Spider” so you’ll be able to follow all of the side stories as well. 


Lastly, I’d like to recommend the book series “Villanelle” by Luke Jennings. These books have inspired the Hulu show “Killing Eve” and have become very popular. Even though the books differ from the show, the basic storyline is very similar. To put it in short, . Villanelle is a female assassin and Eve Polastri, an MI5 agent, is trying to capture her. The story also involves details about Villanelle’s and Eve’s personal life and definitely includes some unexpected turns. 


There are so many more recommendations, such as “Mindhunter” by John Douglas that I’d want to recommend but then I’d be writing pages worth of recommendations. I hope the recommendations above will give you a good place to start for the summer.

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