Welcome back to Real Simple’s No Obligation Book Club. Summer is in full swing and I hope you’re finding time to be leisurely and curl up onto the couch with a couple of page-turners (bonus points if you’re by the pool). I joined Real Simple in June as an associate editor and am looking forward to guiding the book club and facilitating conversations with the authors of our monthly picks. The Fourth of July pyrotechnics may be over, but this month’s four contenders are just heating up. The books I rounded up for August have explosive plot lines rich with secrets and twists to keep you reading. Take a look at the options below and pick your favorite by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, July 31. After that, we'll be hosting an ongoing discussion on Twitter about the winning book, where we encourage you all to post your thoughts with #RSbookclub, the official book club hashtag.
Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
A family’s world is turned upside down after their daughter’s body is found in a lake in small-town Ohio during the 1970s. Cultural differences, family secrets, and a child’s pressure to succeed are at the heart of this suspenseful read.
Among the Ten Thousand Things, Julia Pierpont
This novel chronicles a dysfunctional family struggling with an affair in a real (and sometimes funny) way. The read provides careful insight into the bond between parent and child as they make sense of a difficult situation.
The Book of James, Ellen J. Green
In his final moments after a fatal car accident a husband utters words of warning to his wife. Stunned, she travels to Philadelphia where she moves in with her mother-in-law (who she previously thought was deceased) and begins to find out her husband wasn’t who she thought he was.
Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll
After surviving a self-esteem-crushing high school career, a young woman attempts to reinvent herself and succumbs to the pressure to have it all. A secret from her past will threaten to undo her perfect world… or set her free.