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

By Jennifer McClelland-Smith

Have you had it with seeing your friends’ amazing vacation photos on Instagram? The only thing more fun than reading about someone else’s vacation is reading about someone else’s vacation gone horribly wrong, right? Take a different kind of vacation with these other great reads full of twists and turns for tourists.

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

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 6 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?

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.

The Toll by Cherie Priest

Is there anything more tantalizing than Southern gothic horror? Titus and Melanie find out exactly what it means to be on the highway to hell while on their honeymoon. Titus wakes up in the middle of the road to find his wife has vanished. The swamps of Florida are the perfect steamy backdrop for this unforgettably creepy read.


The Retreat by Sherri Smith

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.