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12 Captivating Books New in Paperback This June

Alice Martin is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Rutgers University, where she obsesses over nineteenth-century women writers, the history of the publishing industry, and writing practices. She’s also a regular contributor to Shelf Awareness and a freelance writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Appalachian Heritage, and Sixfold among other publications. You can find her talking about books, food, and basketball (in that order) on Twitter @AliceJeanMartin.

To help fill the long, summer months ahead, here are twelve show-stopping new novels, now in paperback! Perfect for slipping into a beach bag, bending over in the park, or packing for your next vacation, these reads all offer unforgettable characters, compelling plots, and atmospheric settings. Whether you prefer a haunting horror story, action-packed thriller, or multi-generational historical fiction, these new paperback releases have it all! Perfect for lone readers and book clubs alike, we promise there’s something here for everyone, and more than one book to recommend to a friend. 


Family Upstairs
by Lisa Jewell

Libby has never known who her birth parents are, so when she receives the news that she is the sole inheritor of their mansion in London, she’s thrilled to not only have a new home but also a clue about her true family. But there are others waiting in the shadows to meet Libby and reveal the truth of how her past coincides with a vicious, mysterious multiple murder, committed twenty-five years prior. This twisty, dark thriller should be read with the lights on! 

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Family Upstairs
Lisa Jewell

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA COVER TO COVER BOOK CLUB PICK

“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

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Head Over Heels
by Hannah Orenstein

In this charming rom-com, Avery Abrams is sent reeling from an injury that ends her professional gymnastics career. As she struggles with this new reality and a recent breakup, she watches as her once-best friend becomes an Olympic champion and marries their abusive coach. But when Avery agrees to help new coach Ryan train aOlympic-hopeful gymnast, she’ll rediscover her love for the sport at the same time as she discovers a new, exciting romance with Ryan. 

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Head Over Heels
Hannah Orenstein

Named a best beach/summer read by O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Parade, PopSugar, Marie Claire, Bustle, and more!

From the author of the Love at First Like and Playing with Matches, an electrifying rom-com set in the high stakes world of competitive gymnastics, full of Hannah Orenstein’s signature “charm, whimsy, and giddy romantic tension” (BuzzFeed).

The past seven years have been hard on Avery Abrams: After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous performance ended her athletic career for good. Her best friend and teammate, Jasmine, went on to become an Olympic champion, then committed the ultimate betrayal by marrying their emotionally abusive coach, Dimitri.

Now, reeling from a breakup with her football star boyfriend, Avery returns to her Massachusetts hometown, where new coach Ryan asks her to help him train a promising young gymnast with Olympic aspirations. Despite her misgivings and worries about the memories it will evoke, Avery agrees. Back in the gym, she’s surprised to find sparks flying with Ryan. But when a shocking scandal in the gymnastics world breaks, it has shattering effects not only for the sport but also for Avery and her old friend Jasmine.

Perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jasmine Guillory, Head Over Heels proves that no one “writes about modern relationships with more humor or insight than Hannah Orenstein” (Dana Schwartz, author of Choose Your Own Disaster).

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The Deserter
by Nelson DeMille

Penned by a superstar father-son writing duo, The Desertefollows military criminal investigators Scott and Maggie as they attempt to find and bring home long-missing Captain Kyle Mercer, who disappeared in Afghanistan a year before. While the case is complicated enough already, Scott is thrown off balance by his attraction to Maggie and his suspicions that she may be reporting on their findings to the CIA behind his back. The first in a thrilling new series, this adventure-packed story will keep you flipping pages. 

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The Deserter
Nelson DeMille

*NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*

An “outstanding” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) blistering thriller featuring a brilliant and unorthodox Army investigator, his enigmatic female partner, and their hunt for the Army’s most notorious—and dangerous—deserter from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille.

When Captain Kyle Mercer of the Army’s elite Delta Force disappeared from his post in Afghanistan, a video released by his Taliban captors made international headlines. But circumstances were murky: Did Mercer desert before he was captured? Then a second video sent to Mercer’s Army commanders leaves no doubt: the trained assassin and keeper of classified Army intelligence has willfully disappeared.

When Mercer is spotted a year later in Caracas, Venezuela, by an old Army buddy, top military brass task Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor of the Criminal Investigation Division to fly to Venezuela and bring Mercer back to America—preferably alive. Brodie knows this is a difficult mission, made more difficult by his new partner’s inexperience, by their undeniable chemistry, and by Brodie’s suspicion that Maggie Taylor is reporting to the CIA.

With ripped-from-the-headlines appeal, an exotic and dangerous locale, and the hairpin twists and inimitable humor that are signature DeMille, The Deserter is the first in a timely and thrilling new series from an unbeatable team of True Masters: the #1 New York Times bestseller Nelson DeMille and his son, award-winning screenwriter Alex DeMille.

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The Whisper Man
by Alex North

Featherbank is a small town haunted by the murder committed by infamous serial killer The Whisper ManA new disappearance that follows the killer’s old pattern has detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis revisiting their most haunting cases. Meanwhile, new resident Tom Kennedy discovers his son Jake has begun hearing whispers at his window, whispers that attempt to lure him away in the night. This terrifying thriller will appeal to fans of Stephen King and true crime alike. 

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The Whisper Man
Alex North

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Bunny
by Mona Awad

In this surreal and twisted tale of dark female friendships, MFA student Samantha Mackey finds herself an outsider in her cohort of rich, female classmates. The members of the group call each other “Bunny” and have a cultish belonging to each other. When Samantha gets invited to their self-titled “Smut Salon, comprised of unusual “workshops” in which the horrors from their fiction become real, reality and fantasy begin to blur, with deadly consequences.  

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Bunny
Mona Awad

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In West Mills
by De'Shawn Charles Winslow

Azalea “Knot” Centre has lived in the small town of West Mills her whole life, but she’s managed to alienate herself from everyone there with her wild lifestyle. When she finds herself staring down the barrel of motherhood, she turns to her neighbor Otis for support. Otis is eager to help Knot and redeem himself after his failure to help other loved ones. But as the secrets of Otis’s past come to light, Knot and Otis will have to grapple with the true meaning of family. 

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In West Mills
De'Shawn Charles Winslow

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Evvie Drake Starts Over
by Linda Holmes

In this witty, charming romance, widow Evvie Drake refuses to leave her home after the death of her husband. Meanwhile, former MLB pitcher Dean Tenney is eager to escape the media’s condemnation of his failing career. At the insistence of his childhood friend, Dean agrees to move back to his hometown in Maine to recover. When Dean moves into Evvie’s guest apartment, the two help each other to face their painful pasts and move forward, together.

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Linda Holmes

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The Summer Country
by Lauren Willig

It’s 1854, and Emily Dawson is shocked to learn that her grandfather has left her a sugar plantation in Barbados that no one knew the family-owned. When she arrives to view the property, she finds an abandoned wreckdestroyed by a slave uprising years earlier. Now, people claim the derelict plantation is ruled by ghosts. But with nowhere else to go, Emily must face the past’s horrors and violence that define her legacy. 

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Lauren Willig

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The Lager Queen of Minnesota
by J. Ryan Stradal

In this multi-generational, midwestern saga, two sisters are divided when their father leaves the family fortune entirely to the youngest, Helen. While kind-hearted older sister Edith struggles financially, Helen builds her inheritance into one of the most successful breweries in the country. Edith’s granddaughter Diana, determined to get a piece of the pie, becomes an IPA expert and begins the real work of navigating the wounds that still scare the ambitious women in her family

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J. Ryan Stradal

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo
by Christy Lefteri

Nuri and Afra live a simple, happy life in the countryside of Aleppo until war forces them to leave Syria. Afra, who recently lost her eyesight and her ability to paint, is crippled by grief, and Nuri is desperate to make it through the war-torn country and deliver them to safety in Britain. In this tender, poignant novel, two people must find their way to safety and rekindle their love for life and each other. 

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Christy Lefteri

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The Last Train to Key West
by Chanel Cleeton

In this ideal beach read, three women search for salvation in 1930s Key West. Key West-native Helen is eager to escape her tourist hometown; Mirta travels to Key West to celebrate her arranged marriage to an American with illicit business interests; Elizabeth arrives in Key West on a mission to save her financially-crippled family. Together, the three women must not only help each other but survive the once-in-a-generation hurricane heading their way. 

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The Last Train to Key West
Chanel Cleeton

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The Secret Women
by Sheila Williams

Elsie, Carmen, and DeeDee meet in a yoga class but bond over the fact they all recently lost their mothers. The three agree to support each other as they dive into the things their mothers left behind. But the more they sort through, the more they discover secrets their mothers kept from them. Together, the three women embark on a journey of friendship, compassion, and self-discovery in this thoughtful, empowering story about navigating grief and discovering the power of friendship

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The Secret Women
Sheila Williams

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