Whether you’re planning some intense beach time or excitedly humming to yourself “staycation, all I ever wanted,” you’re going to want a great read by your side. Fortunately, this summer is chock full of ‘em. Whether you’re looking for a swoon-worthy romance or a nail-biting thriller, new reads from beloved best-selling authors like Nora Roberts, David Baldacci, and Louise Penny offer plenty of page-turning options (not to mention an exciting new Dog Man adventure from kid-favorite Dav Pilkey) for these hottest days of the year. Based on pre-orders of print, audio, and Kindle eBook editions, here are 10 of Amazon readers’ most-anticipated fiction books out this summer, in order of release date. —Jon Wahlgren, Amazon Charts
A Merciful Promise (Mercy Kilpatrick) by Kendra Elliot
Kendra Elliot’s Mercy Kilpatrick novels have amassed a loyal following — a natural result when, according to one Amazon.com customer review for the fifth entry in the series, “each one gets better and better.” In the upcoming sixth book, A Merciful Promise, FBI agent Kilpatrick is tasked with a job perfectly suited to her survivalist upbringing: infiltrate a remote Oregon militia stockpiling illegal weapons. Deep undercover and with no way of contacting the outside world for backup, it just might be on Kilpatrick herself to put a stop to the militia’s planned terrorist event — whatever it takes. Read A Merciful Promise when it releases on June 18.
Backlash: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series) by Brad Thor
If you’re out there casually making top lists of “best military fiction this millennium” (as one does), odds are a Scot Harvath novel or two is going to make the cut. Here to throw your list into a jumble again is the latest such adventure from Brad Thor — Backlash, which looks to be one of the author’s most hard-hitting novels yet. Thor’s previous Scot Harvath adventure, Spymaster, debuted at No. 8 on the Amazon Charts Most Sold list for fiction upon release in 2018, and reader excitement seems to be carrying forward. With the pre-order hype being what it is for Backlash, don’t be surprised to see Thor back on the lists again this summer when it hits on June 25.
Under Currents by Nora Roberts
Perennial Amazon Charts favorite Nora Roberts has a knack for transforming challenging, intimate, and deeply human stories into gripping reads — her 2018 hit Shelter in Place, with its 4.7 star average rating from over 1,600 Amazon.com customer reviews, is a perfect example. Early buzz points to Roberts having another riveting read on her hands this summer with Under Currents, a story of familial power, abuse, and love. In their review, Publisher’s Weekly describes the novel as “full of powerful, magnetic characters who have overcome terrible situations.” Readers across the country will be blowing through tissue boxes when Under Currents releases on July 9.
The New Girl: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) by Daniel Silva
From best-selling author Daniel Silva comes a new ripped-from-the-headlines espionage thriller. In it, super spy Gabriel Allon, chief of Israeli intelligence, makes an uneasy alliance with the new prince of Saudi Arabia as they track down the prince’s kidnapped daughter. Silva’s previous Allon novel, The Other Woman, was an immediate hit when it released in 2018, landing at No. 1 Most Sold and No. 3 Most Read for fiction in its week of release. Get ready for page-flipping international intrigue action this summer when The New Girl releases on July 16.
One Good Deed by David Baldacci
Why all the reader hubbub for One Good Deed? For one, nobody writes a thriller quite like David Baldacci. And it marks the debut of an intriguing new character: World War II veteran Aloysius Archer. The year is 1949, and Archer has just been released from prison after doing time for a crime he didn’t commit. He finds himself in a small Californian town looking for work, and is soon hired to recover a debt for a big businessman. Easier said than done, of course, and soon Archer is caught up in a plot that goes well beyond what he thought he was in for. And when a body turns up, he’s the easy suspect as an ex-con. Get to know the new leading man on July 23.
A Dangerous Man (An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel) by Robert Crais
“The relationship between Cole and Pike is so special and written with such sensitivity that I enjoy it more and more with each visit,” writes one Amazon.com customer review about Robert Crais’s previous Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel, The Wanted. “I really hope I don't have to wait too long for the next installment.” Well, dear legions of readers eagerly anticipating more from these characters, you’re in luck — A Dangerous Man arrives this summer. A bank teller is abducted from the parking lot on her lunch break — fortunately, Joe Pike happens to be in that very parking lot and manages to stop the crime. The perps are arrested, but that’s just the start of Pike and Cole’s problems. Circle August 6 on your calendars to find out what happens.
For having the head of a dog and the body of a human, Dog Man handles life remarkably well. (Personally, I would be doing a lot less crime fighting and a lot more screaming.) In his next adventure, For Whom the Ball Rolls, Dog Man’s working on some personal stuff with the help of the Supa Buddies, but soon finds himself on a collision course with a brand-new supervillain. Author Dav Pilkey’s latest silly-fest is sure to bring the laughs among readers of any age when it releases on August 13.
Sapphire Flames: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews
Scratch your magical-romance itch this summer with Sapphire Flames, the beginning of a new trilogy set in the world of husband-and-wife-writing-team Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy. Catalina is the head of her house and a Prime magic user afraid of her own power. But when two members of her family are murdered, Catalina decides to get off the bench and use her abilities to get some answers. Along the way she encounters Alessandro, an Italian Prime who was her teenage crush. Catalina can’t pin down what Alessandro’s exact motives are, but one thing is certain: he can’t keep away from her. Sapphire Flames burns on August 27.
A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
Armand Gamache, everyone’s favorite Sûreté du Québec agent, returns this August with what is shaping up to be an exciting new mystery. As the new co-head of the homicide department, Gamache’s first assignment has him looking for a missing woman. Complicating matters is the risk of catastrophic flooding facing his village of Three Pines, increasingly hostile social-media attacks, and a possibly dangerous empathy for the father of the missing woman. Louise Penny’s masterful mysteries are loved for the way she deftly interweaves intricate, brain-twisting plots with the lives of her characters. Untangle her latest on August 27.
Once you’ve had your fill of Labor Day cookouts, settle in to your comfiest chair and get ready to sink into the next Eve Dallas thrill ride: Vendetta in Death. A vigilante woman going by the name “Lady Justice” draws in her male targets by playing to their primal urges — and once powerless in her grasp, Justice delivers swift punishment. Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke investigate the secret life of one such victim — a wealthy, sleazy businessman whose company has paid settlements to women on his behalf — but face resistance in unexpected ways. It’s only a matter of time before Lady Justice strikes again. Can Dallas find the vigilante before more blood is spilled? Find out on September 3.
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