The summer heat has gotten brutal, and lazy days reading by the seashore are probably getting harder and harder. Cool down with these chilly and chilling reads to help beat the summer heat.
Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand
In the first of a mystery series about Cass Neary, the protagonist made her name as a photographer in 1970s New York during the height of the punk scene. But thirty years later, she’s a has-been who's become like the very subjects she photographed. Taking on a pity gig a friend sends her way, Neary stumbles upon a mystery that’s been happening for decades, and still continues to claim victims. The cold atmosphere of a murder mystery combined with the freezing setting of New York is sure to ease the summer heat stroke.
Winternight Trilogy by Katherin Arden
Starting with The Bear and the Nightingale, the story begins in the Russian wilderness in winter. The novels follow Vasilisa, as she struggles through the loss of her mother, the addition of a stepmother to the family, and taking care of her younger siblings. In The Girl in the Tower, Vasya has come into her own as a girl with power, for which she is cast out of her village. The trilogy ends with The Winter of the Witch, where Vasya finds herself at the center of a conflict between two worlds, where the outcome of the war rests on her shoulders. Packed with adventure, female empowerment, and magic, this winter read in the summer is sure to cool down any hot day.
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
In the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka, two little girls go missing, leaving behind a grieving mother. The community is left rattled, but worse, racial tensions that have always simmered just beneath the surface begin to boil over as the white residents of the town suspect the dark foreigner is responsible for the crime. With its wintry setting and sinister plot, this book is sure to chill you to the bone.
Thin Air by Michelle Paver
Stephen Pearce and Kits, brothers in 1935, endeavor to follow the footsteps of the Lyell Expedition of 1907 to climb the third-highest mountain in India. The world over knows about the struggles that led to the five-man team’s disaster back then, but something doesn’t sit well with Pearce. Although he learns that only four out of the five men were ever laid to rest, he and his brother push forward with their expedition. The higher they climb, the more the real story of the Lyell Expedition comes to light. Delve into this freezing cold mystery with supernatural elements to get rid of the heat of the summer.
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