We know, it's hot outside. But regardless of the weather, you can always escape into the sizzle of imagination, especially when we've chosen some thrilling books to take you out of your comfort zone. Lottie Moggach's psychologically terrifying debut thriller, Kiss Me First, will have you questioning your presence on the world wide web; while for those who like their shivers visceral, Kent Wascom's The Blood of Heaven follows two preachers' sons as they tear through 19th century West Florida. In The Child Thief, by Dan Smith, a stranger appears in a Ukrainian village with a gruesome sled cargo. Lighten up (but not too much) with Curtis Sittenfeld's story of twin sisters, Sisterland, or Big Girl Panties, Stephanie Evanovich's romance featuring a full figured widow and her Adonis-like personal trainer. We highlight wars -- from the Civil to ancient Rome to the viking invasion of Britannia -- as well as dare you to revisit your attitudes about men and women with The New Gender Workbook. And why not consider your time with collections like Search Party, The Peripatetic Coffin, Bobcat and Other Stories and This is How You Die. Let us help you get back to basics with The Good Life Lab and give you fodder for cocktail party banter with The Origin of Feces.