Independence Day weekend is here! Go for a swim, the water’s fine — except for the lurking predators just beneath the surface. Keep your eyes peeled for dorsal fins while you check out these frightening reads featuring very hungry sharks.
by Peter Benchley
Jaws is the great granddaddy of all shark novels. Even if you’ve seen the film “Jaws” a thousand times, you should still check out the novel. There’s a lot here that the film never got to, including an extramarital affair, and a subplot involving the mafia — no, really. As a fan of both the book and the film, I feel obligated to mention that Benchley wrote Jaws before much was known about sharks, and later came to regret that it contributed to the fear regarding these wonderful animals. That said, don’t let that stop you from enjoying a great suspense novel.
by Steve Alien
A Navy diver is left traumatized following an encounter with a Megalodon shark in the dark depths of the Mariana Trench. His superiors question his sanity and drum him out of the service. Later, the diver meets up with a maverick marine biologist and inadvertently releases the prehistoric monster from its deep water prison. Chaos follows. If Jaws is a little too serious for you, then Meg might be exactly what you’re looking for.
by Chris Jameson
After surviving one shark attack, Naomi Cardiff takes to the water once more, this time as part of an expedition to divert a large group of Great Whites away from the beaches of Cape Cod. When the ship goes down, Naomi swims for the safety of a nearby island. Unfortunately, the island is disappearing under a rising tide, and the sharks are gaining ground inch by inch. If you suffer from galeophobia — fear of sharks — then you might want to think twice before picking up this horrifying first novel from Chris Jameson.
by Charles Wilson
Megalodon is back again. This time, the giant shark makes a beeline from the Pacific ocean to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Naturally, the poor thing is hungry after such a long swim, and thankfully for the reader, there are plenty of humans for bite-sized snacking. This is a fun read that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and sometimes that’s just what you need.