The beautiful great British summertime has begun and temperatures are set to soar! Welcome in the perfect weather by getting outside and getting stuck into a good book. Whether you’ll be relaxing in the garden with a brand new novel or picking out the perfect poolside page turner – discover our top picks for the best books of 2015 so far!
The Top 5 Best Summer Reads
The Book of You – Claire Kendal
If you enjoyed Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, you’ll love The Book of You. Tense, terrifying and totally ‘unputdownable’ this psychological thriller is the debut novel from promising literary talent, Claire Kendal. When Clarissa becomes increasingly afraid of a colleague whose behaviour is increasingly erratic and unwelcome, she’s relieved when she is selected for jury service. The safe haven of the courtroom where he can’t follow her becomes increasingly dark. A violent case of the kidnap and abuse of a young woman begins to parallel Clarissa’s own situation as she realises the twisted, macabre ending that her co-worker has planned for her - you’ll be totally gripped!
It’s a Long Story: My Life – Willie Nelson with David Ritz
A must-read memoir! Even if you’ve never been a fan of country music this is the tale of a life not to be missed. American music icon Willie Nelson tells the story of his incredible journey in his own distinctive voice. Like sitting on the porch with an old friend, he walks you through his tale with no stone unturned. From his humble beginnings in Abbot, Texas to his life on the road, headlining festivals at 80 years old. As Nelson himself describes it he’s ‘written it all down from my heart to yours.’
The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks
An essential summer read for romantics. The Longest Ride is the latest novel by master of the tearjerker, Nicholas Sparks to be transformed into a major motion picture. Although The Longest Ride was first published in 2013, the excitement around the release of the movie has seen its return to the 2015 best-seller charts. It tells the tale of two very different couples as their love stories becoming intertwined after an isolated car crash. Separated by time and experience, their journeys intersect and influence each other in extraordinary ways.
The Liar – Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts New York Times Number One Bestseller has had rave reviews since its release. Blending suspense with romance and richness, The Liar is gripping from the get go. The novel begins when Shelby Foxworth loses her husband after he drowns in the ocean. When faced with crippling debts after his death she tracks down his safety deposit box - only to find that the man she once loved was a fraud with multiple identities. As Shelby discovers more about the husband she thought she knew, she traces a trail of lies from infidelities to the fake diamond in her engagement ring. Desperate to get her life back on track, she retreats with her daughter to her old hometown but danger is following her every step.
Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey
A brilliantly clever and poignant novel. Author Emma Healy crafts an intelligent and engrossing mystery tale as told through the eyes of Maud, a woman falling in to the grips of dementia. Despite all of the things that Maud doesn’t remember, she is certain of one thing – her friend Elizabeth is missing. Healy has created a carefully considered and astute portrayal of a woman dealing with dementia that will do wonders for those wanting to gain a greater understanding of the illness. A truly beautiful novel that transcends traditional genres.
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