Two Chilling Covers for Sunny Days...

Some people like to beat the heat with swimming pools and frosty beach drinks. For me, summer's scorching temperatures are best cooled by shivering through the pages of scary, suspense-filled books!

My copy of THE FIXER by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is packed and ready for my Thursday cross-country flight. Having gone to college and worked in Washington, DC, I have a soft spot for that setting--also the scene (well, thereabouts) of my favorite television show, THE AMERICANS! Plus, Jennifer Lynn Barnes is an honest-to-goodness PhD scientist and all that brainiac-ness (?!) shines through her sharp prose.

The enthusiasm of my Viking editor, Kendra Levin, for this star-review-laden project made me race to the bookstore for Janet Fox's THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE. I started it as my plane took off from JFK and finished, breathless and sleepless, as I touched down in Amsterdam a last week. Set in a Scottish castle during WWII, this creepy and compelling tour de force is anchored by a feisty-yet-realistically-insecure main character, Kat. And Janet Fox is a true writer's writer, Vermont College MFA, and insightful student of the craft.

What do you do to keep cool? Have any shiver-worthy titles to recommend? TWEET ME!
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