Summer of Suspense: Secrets Under the Sun

Even though we all know that chilly settings are great for some equally chilling tales, sometimes the most powerful and dark tales come from under the deceptive guise of a sunny exterior. Put your sunglasses on and grab one of these books that will really bring the heat of suspense on this summer!


The Drowning Girls 9780778318378_9d390The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard

Set in: The Palms, California

Everyone has something to hide in the shiny, sunny gated community of The Palms (a fictional setting by Livermore, California) … not especially the gorgeous high schooler with a dark obsession, and the new neighbors she irrevocably affects upon their arrival.



Cover_We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Set in: Beechwood Island, Massachusetts

Cadence Sinclair and her family are used to spending their summers on their private island, but everything changes after Summer Fifteen, when things take a turn for the twisted.



Cover_All the Missing GirlsAll The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Set in: Cooley Ridge, North Carolina

One summer night, 18-year-old Corinne Prescott goes missing. Ten years later, another girl is missing, and Corinne’s best friend Nicolette and everyone close to her are suspected of being involved. Are the two missing persons cases related?



9780778319443_DISOnly Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Setting: Australia

When a young fugitive claims to be a girl who went missing eleven years ago to escape shoplifting charges, she has no idea that she’d have to become Bec Winters … and discover that whoever was responsible for her disappearance may still be in her life.



cover_Black Eyed SusansBlack-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Setting: Fort Worth, Texas

Women are being murdered and left in a field full of flowers, leading the victims to be called “Black-Eyed Susans” … until one survivor appears. Though Tessa Cartwright makes it through her ordeal with shadowy memory of her attack, as events following her discovery occur, she finds herself pushed to the edge of her sanity—possibly by the killer himself.



FIELD OF GRAVES 9780778318927_548d8Field of Graves by J.T. Ellison

Setting: Nashville, Tennessee

There is a serial killer on the loose in Nashville, and when another college student goes missing, both the police and FBI must team up to find and stop the rampage before it’s too late.



Cover_With MaliceWith Malice by Eileen Cook

Setting: Italy

What was supposed to be a fun, exotic school trip abroad turns into a nightmare as eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, with a broken body and even more broken memory. As she attempts to piece together what happened, she soon discovers that perhaps her “accident” wasn’t just that at all.



Is there a mystery/thriller you’ve read recently that was in a sweltering setting? Share with us in the comments below!

    Gina Shin

    Gina is a Marketing Assistant at MIRA. A west coaster with intense love for beautiful mountains and beaches, few things make her happier than escaping into some natural scenery to unwind. Gina studied both English and Criminology in university, so it should come as no surprise that some of her favorite reads are mysteries and crime fiction. If not with her books, she is most likely playing instruments (usually guitar) and singing obnoxiously or lost in the world of Pinterest with a cup of strong black coffee.

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