5 Lounge-Chair Reads: The Girls of Summer

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

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.

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.

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.

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


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