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Summers in Maine
The Guest Book
by Sarah Blake (Flatiron, $28)
This 500-page novel doesn’t care if you call it a throwback, said Maureen Corrigan in NPR.org. “The Guest Book proudly owns the appeal of an old-fashioned sweeping storyline, and in so doing, complicates many of its characters beyond their shallow first impressions.” At the outset, a 5-year-old tumbles from a window in a Manhattan high rise, and his parents retreat to Maine. As generations then convene at the family getaway each summer, they “fine-tune the WASP practice of shrouding secrets.”
by Paul Doiron (Minotaur, $28)
Paul Doiron’s 10th mystery featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch “works well as a story about loyalty and judgment,” said Oline Cogdill in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sun-Sentinel. A friend who’s a convict coaxes Bowditch into probing a prison uprising at about the same time that a wolf-dog Bowditch once rescued is found killed. As ties between the two events are revealed, “Doiron pulls together an action-packed story that showcases the landscape while keeping characters in the forefront.”
Evvie Drake Starts Over
by Linda Holmes (Ballantine, $26)
The debut novel from NPR’s Linda Holmes qualifies as “escapism at its finest,” said Julie Depenbrock in The Washington Post. In a seaside house in Maine, a bond develops between two people at separate crossroads: a young widow who didn’t love her husband and a major-league pitcher who has developed the yips. Though the reader never learns what troubles the pair deep down, “perhaps it’s better that the darker material never overwhelms the story.” It is, after all, a summer novel.
The Last House Guest
by Megan Miranda (Simon & Schuster, $27)
This thriller isn’t the first to pry open a vacation spot’s townie/tourist divide, said Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times. But Megan Miranda also generates real warmth in her story about a long-running summertime friendship between a townie Maine teen and a wealthy summer visitor. Once the outsider is found dead and the townie investigates, Miranda will make you wonder how genuine the friendship was. “And, oh boy, does she ever know how to write a twisty-turny ending.” ■