5 Lounge-Chair Reads: The Girls of Summer

If you’re looking for this year’s Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, there are several ladies to choose from.

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The Girls by Emma Cline scored a $2 million advance and centres on a lonely teen drawn to a cool group of girls who will soon become infamous as a cult with a charismatic male leader, inspired by the story of the Manson Family.

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Not to be confused with The Girls by Lisa Jewel, a suspenseful look at the dark secrets of a posh London neighbourhood after preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner during a communal garden party.

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In Teresa Toten’s Beware that Girl we meet Kate, a con artist and  “have-not” determined to become a “have” no matter what the cost.

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Of course, if romance is more your thing, try Who’s That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane.

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The Lost Girls, Heather Young’s haunting debut novel, looks at the price of loyalty and how far we’ll go to make sacrifices for those we love. The multi-generational tale is told in the voices of two women linked by a decades-old family mystery at a remote lake house in Minnesota.  – Cynthia Ross Cravit