My summer reading picks
Over the last few weeks I have read some really great books. If you’re still thinking what to read over the summer – whether at home or on holiday – here are a few of my favourites.
I have loved Elizabeth Haynes’ books since the amazing Into the Darkest Corner – and although I have read and enjoyed her more recent police procedurals (which are also clever and well-written) this book is back to the familiar sense of suspense for which she is famous.
As the blurb says “nothing is as it seems, but everything is at stake.” Whether you have read this brilliant writer’s work before or not, I would seriously recommend it.
I was sent a preview copy of this book, and I couldn’t wait. I loved Clare’s previous book I Let You Go but to my mind this is even better.
As I have said in my review of this book, it is a “chilling and original story that should make everybody reconsider the predictability of their behaviour.” I genuinely couldn’t put this book down, and thought that the concept was clever and new – and it’s not often you can say that about a thriller.
The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green by Laura Kemp
This is a book from an entirely different genre – it’s described as a “laugh-out-loud cheeky romantic comedy”, and that is a perfect description.
Frankie and her friends are brilliant characters, but this is not a predictable chick-lit story with an obvious ending. It somehow successfully makes the reader feel that anything in life is possible – even getting over the biggest heartbreak in the world.
Back on more familiar ground now with another thriller, this time from another of my favourite authors, Sharon Bolton. This is a stand-alone novel and not one of her Lacey Flint series.
It’s the story of a man accused of the abduction and murder of three young women, but his endless adoring admirers are convinced of his innocence. Throw in an enigmatic female lawyer who seems reluctant to take his case, and the intrigue ramps up to the very last page.