The summer reading season kicks off this weekend, and if May’s books are any indication, the beaches of America will be dark and chilly this year. The list is replete with period pieces in which characters survive (or don’t) hard times. A novel of commerce is filled with market-rigging and subterfuge. A murder mystery throws in Satanism for good measure. And did you know that killer gases can lurk below the placid surface of a lake? Yikes! What will June bring?
- Amy Virshup, writing for the NYTimes.com
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Books reviewed are Brooklyn by Colm Toibin; Dark Places by Gillian Flynn; Lake Overturn by Vestal McIntyre; The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; Stone's Fall by Iain Pears; The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith