My definition of a perfect summer read is a book that involves romance, bad boys, the beach, and a really salacious story tying it all together. The Sound by Sarah Alderson is the perfect summer read.
The Nantucket Sound is a beachfront playground for the privileged and elite, where the sunny days are filled with scenic bike rides, backyard picnics, and bonfire parties.
But all Ren Kingston – a visiting Brit still reeling from heartbreak – really wants is a quiet summer as a nanny for one of Nantucket’s wealthy families. Getting acquainted with handsome Jeremy and his young group of trust fund, private school kids was not part of the plan. Neither was befriending the local bad boy whose reputation is more dangerous than charming.
After a dead body is found next to The Sound’s postcard-perfect view, Ren starts to wonder where the real threat lies. Because it’s becoming clear that her newfound ‘friends’ are much more than they seem. They’re hiding secrets. Secrets that Ren wants no part of.
But once The Sound has you in its current, it won’t want to let you go.
Combining everything I look for in a quick, fun, entertaining summer read, The Sound is the perfect book to pack for a day of reading at the beach, or curling up with poolside, or even for reading from a shady spot in your own backyard. It’s like Cruel Intentions with a deadly summer twist. Rich kids, a British nanny, the local “bad boy,” a murderer on the loose, and layers of mystery to unravel — all with a delicious, steamy romance thrown in for good measure.
Alderson’s story-telling is captivating, and her plot twists will keep you eagerly turning the page to find out what happens next. She also gives you characters to relate to, fall in love with, and loathe with equal measure. It’s these characters that really bring you into the story, and keep you engaged as each layer of mystery unfolds.
The Soundembodies everything I want in a perfect summer read, and with the official start of summer just around the corner, there is no more perfect time to pick it up than right now.
The Sound is in stores now.