Five Books That Will Make You Want to Skip Your Next Vacation

By Jennifer McClelland-Smith

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. In They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall, Miriam Macy is excited to receive a surprise invitation to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico, as are the six other strangers joining her. They soon find themselves in a lonely mansion in the middle of a lush forest, surrounded by miles of open water with sporadic cell coverage. Strange accidents start happening, killing off the strangers one by one, leaving the survivors to wonder who is responsible for all of this? And more importantly, who’s next?

The only thing more fun than reading about someone else’s vacation is reading about someone else’s vacation gone horribly wrong, right? Get ready for the release of They All Fall Down with these other great reads full of twists and turns for tourists.

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

Port Moresby and his wife Kit travel to northern Africa in an attempt to rekindle their faltering marriage. Accompanied by their friend Tunner and soon acquainted with an English travel writer and her adult son, the Moresbys are ill-equipped for the challenges of the Sahara desert and the temptations around every corner.


The Retreat by Sherri Smith

Here’s one to preorder immediately! A former child star, her best friends and her soon-to-be sister-in-law travel to upstate New York to a wellness retreat, each for her own reasons and each hiding a grim secret. They start the weekend seeking inner peace and soon find themselves wondering if they’ll survive it. Self-care takes on a whole new meaning in this twisty, turny thriller.

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Vacation gone awry or vacation gone just right? It all depends on your perspective in this classic novel by Patricia Highsmith. Tom Ripley, a small-time con man in New York City, is charged with bringing home jet-set playboy Dickie Greenleaf from gallivanting in Italy. Things take a deadly turn as Ripley becomes obsessed with his charge and the laid-back lifestyle he’s been pursuing.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The inspiration for They All Fall Down, Agatha Christie’s masterwork is one of the bestselling books of all time. Ten strangers, each with a dark secret, have been invited to an island retreat by the mysterious U. N. Owen. One by one each stranger is murdered in their own peculiar way. This classic of the genre keeps readers guessing until the very last page.

American Drifter by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray

US Army veteran River Roulet takes off to Rio de Janiero to escape his troubles in this thriller by New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham and actor Chad Michael Murray. Escape is what he finds in the spirited grasp of Brazil, until he falls in love with Natal, a drug lord’s mistress. The former soldier finds himself on the run, hunted down by the gangster and his men, the Brazilian government, and the painful memories that haunt him.

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