LibraryReads, the nationwide library staff-picks list, offers the top 10 July titles public library staff across the country love:
The Lying Game: A Novel by Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout Press, $26.99, 9781501156007). "Isa and her friends are boarding school misfits who are notorious for playing 'the lying game.' The more believable your lies, the more points you earn. A suicide at the school results in the girls being expelled under a cloud of suspicion. Fifteen years later, Isa hasn't seen her three closest girlfriends in a decade, but one text will bring them together again to deal with their deadly childhood secrets. I could not put this atmospheric book down. This is definitely going to be a summer hit." --Virginia Grubbs, Darien Library, Darien, Conn.
Watch Me Disappear: A Novel by Janelle Brown (Spiegel & Grau, $27, 9780812989465). "Billie is a beloved and loving wife and mother to Jonathan and Olive--or so they believe. Her disappearance while hiking dredges up secrets about Billie's radical past, doubts about how well either of them knew the woman around whom their lives revolved, and questions about whether Billie is even dead... or simply vanished. Hand this one to fans of domestic thrillers like The Woman in Cabin 10 or The Couple Next Door. They won't be disappointed." --Donna Maturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, Ohio
The Marriage Pact: A Novel by Michelle Richmond (Bantam, $27, 9780385343299). "Newlyweds Jake and Alice are understandably nervous about starting married life together. So, when given the opportunity to join the exclusive group known as 'The Pact'--whose stated goal is to keep married couples happy and together forever, they jump at the offer. However, things quickly take a sinister turn and readers will be hooked as Jake and Alice struggle to find their way out." --Becky Bowen, Kenton Public Library, Independence, Ky.
Final Girls: A Novel by Riley Sager (Dutton, $26, 9781101985366). "When Quincy Carpenter survived a massacre while the rest of her friends were murdered, the press labeled her a 'Final Girl'--part of a group that consisted of two other women who were the only ones to survive their own tragedies. Quincy has no desire to claim this label and wants to move on. But when one of the final girls dies, and the other confronts Quincy, claiming that a killer might be targeting them, Quincy's new life unravels. Readers will be invested in seeing if Quincy can retain her status as the last one standing." --Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington, N.Y.
Down a Dark Road: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo (Minotaur, $26.99, 9781250121288). "A once Amish police chief in a rural Pennsylvania town is faced with a dilemma. Her childhood friend has escaped from prison after being convicted of killing his wife. Kate still knows the Amish ways and after talking with the family and the community, thinks there might be something to Joseph's story. Kate is caught in the crossfire between the 'English' and the 'Amish' and needs to solve this so her past won't haunt her. Starts out with a bang and finishes just as rough." --Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, Tex.
When the English Fall: A Novel by David Williams (Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616205225). "When the English Fall offers a new perspective on apocalyptic fiction, written from the point of view of an Amish farmer named Jacob. Part insight into Amish culture, part dystopian novel, the story follows the days leading up to a solar storm and its aftermath. Jacob lives a peaceful life with his family. As events unfold outside of the community, he becomes witness to his English neighbors' unraveling. Jacob and his family, already accustomed to a life without modern conveniences, must decide what course of action they will take, and what assistance they will provide to their English neighbors." --Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, Ohio
The Almost Sisters: A Novel by Joshilyn Jackson (Morrow, $26.99, 9780062105714). "Leia finds her life is spiraling out of control. First she discovers she is pregnant from a one night stand, then she receives a phone call that her beloved grandmother is acting erratically. Meanwhile, she finds her stepsister in the middle of a marital crisis. Returning to her grandmother's small hometown in Alabama to figure out the future, Leia is confronted by the past including a dark family secret. This is a compelling story about love and family told with humor and charm. Jackson paints a picture of the South that is filled with affection but is also honest." --Janine Walsh, East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, N.Y.
The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase (Putnam, $27, 9780399174131). "In 1959, the Wilde sisters spend the summer at Applecote, a country manor, with their aunt and uncle who are still reeling after the disappearance of their daughter Audrey. The spirit of Audrey is everywhere and the sisters' close bonds are tested with secrets and jealousies revealed. Fifty years later, Jesse and her family move back to Applecote, hoping for a fresh start. Their transition is not smooth and they are swept up into the old mystery. A page turning, suspenseful novel with richly created characters, a twisting plot, and a gothic setting. A delicious, shivery tale!" --Judy Sebastian, Eastham Public Library, Eastham, Mass.
Wired by Julie Garwood (Berkley, $27, 9780525954460). "When Agent Liam Scott recruits a beautiful hacker, Allison Trent, to find a leak within the FBI, he uses her cousin's criminal record as leverage. As they try to deny their growing attraction, the computer program Allison developed is stolen. Liam helps track down the thief while protecting her from continual harassment and attempts on her life. I genuinely enjoyed reading this novel. The whole book was tightly plotted and well written. This is a story I would highly recommend to romance readers, especially those new to the genre." --Maria Gruener, Watertown Regional Library, Watertown, S.D.
Hello, Sunshine! by Laura Dave (Simon & Schuster, $25, 9781476789323). "Sunshine's entire world comes crashing down on, of all days, her birthday. What I love about Sunshine is that she exudes confidence even when she shows up at her estranged sister's home with only the things that fit in her car. Sunshine formulates a plan and sees it through. She completely embraces the only job available in her new path to greatness. I found myself rooting for her from the very beginning and I couldn't wait to read what she was up to next. I loved this novel. I'm a big fan of this author!" --Melissa Barber, Lubbock Public Library, Lubbock, Tex.