I managed to start and finish one (yes, just one!) book on our week-long trip to the Gulf Coast. For all that beach time, you'd think I would have read more... but instead there was lots of playing in the sand, frolicking in the waves, collecting seashells, hunting for clams, and just enjoying the company of my husby and son, and our sweet family friends.
Having the beach pretty much all to ourselves was just the icing on the cake.
Most of the beach reading time I got was when Sweet P was inside napping (a bonus of a house on the beach!). So what did I end up bringing with me out to the sand?
Reconstructing Amelia, a novel that promised to read like Gone Girl. I'm a sucker for any book that claims to resemble GG, which is how I ended up reading Luckiest Girl Alive (find my review here), The Girl on the Train (reviewed here), and The Silent Wife (reviewed here).
So, how did Reconstructing Amelia live up to Gone Girl? It was written in the same way, presenting a mystery to be solved via accounts from different characters that jumped back and forth in time. This made it instantly engaging. The book centered around a high school sophomore in New York city, so there was a bit of a Gossip Girl feel going on as well. It was a prefect beach read, being vivid and descriptive, with lots happening. I will say that I felt the way it ended was a bit of a stretch, and a touch convoluted, however not enough to make me not recommend it. If you are looking for your beach read this summer, give it a try!