Is there anything better than relaxing at the beach, cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other? We don’t think so, which is why we’ve rounded up our favourite reads of the summer to pack in your suitcase. In order to prepare for this thoroughly, we’ve had to go on two holidays and read a lot of books, but it was all in the name of research and certainly worth it.
This year's biggest holiday read has to be Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, and after reading this recently we can see why. It has you gripped from start to finish and has a very different storyline to other books out there.
The book focuses on Eleanor, a simple woman who lives a simple life; she wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. One simple act of kindness shatters the walls Eleanor has built around herself and we follow how her life changes.
The Dry will keep you hooked from the first page, and is a book that you’ll find hard to put down once you pick it up. Set in a small town in Australia during the worst draught for a century, a family is found murdered in their home.
Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, the father who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. But is he?
Another thriller to add to your reading list is The Missing Girl, a fast-paced book based around Anna and her sister who went missing 30 years ago. After attending her mother’s funeral, memories of the past are triggered in Anna, and she starts to piece the puzzle of her then teenage sister’s absence.
If like us you’re obsessed with Black Mirror, then this book is for you; a literary version of the show mixed with Handmaids Tale. Set in a dystopian future where women are forbidden from working and are only allowed 100 words a day.
Beaches will be awash with the pink umbrellaed book cover this summer. Five successful women agree to appear on a New York reality series called Goal Diggers, however none of the woman expect the show to end in murder.
What book will you be packing for your holiday read this summer?