Top ten books for summer
You’ve got your sun cream, hot cossie, cool shades and cosmetics sorted – but what about something to read? Here are our picks of the books you need on your e-reader this summer
A Night On The Orient Express by Veronica Henry (Orion, £4.99)
The passengers onboard the Orient Express travelling from London to Venice all have their own reasons for being there – from a mysterious errand to a promise made to a dying friend; an unexpected proposal to a secret stretching back through time… As the train sweeps on, revelations unfold against the most romantic and infamous setting in the world and it may just encourage you to start saving for your own trip of a lifetime.
Deep Blue Sea by Tasmina Perry (Headline, £12.99)
Diana and Julian Denver have the world at their feet, with a blissful marriage, a darling son and beautiful homes in London and the country. But when Julian dies suddenly, Diana suspects there is more to it than meets the eye and she’s forced to call on the one person she never wanted to see again – her sister, Rachel. A former reporter, Rachel realises this is her chance to make amends for the past and embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell (Century, £9.31)
The four children of the Bird family have an idyllic childhood in a country cottage, its cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter and sun-drenched afternoons in the rambling garden. But all that comes to an end one Easter weekend when tragedy strikes and the family are slowly torn apart. Years later, and now adults, the siblings are mostly estranged until something happens that calls them all back to the house they grew up in. A powerful family saga.
The Secrets Women Keep by Fanny Blake (Orion, £6.99)
As Rose waits for her family to arrive at their villa in Tuscany, a casual glance at her husband’s phone reveals the text, ‘Miss you. Love you. Come back soon.’ Shaken to the core, she wonders how well she really knows Daniel. After decades of marriage and children, is the man who lies beside her at night lying in other ways too? Has something shifted within her marriage without her realising? Then event take a tragic turn and Rose has to come to terms with her future in this bittersweet novel.
A Killing of Angels by Kate Rhodes (Mulholland Books, £17.99)
Dr Alice Quentin is a behavioural psychologist and expert in character analysis. She’s also training for the London marathon during one of the hottest summers on record. She’s called in by police to help with a baffling case – someone is murdering bankers who all have a connection to The Angel Bank. The killer leaves an image of an angel next to each body and white feathers in the bankers’ pockets. This follow-up to the hugely acclaimed Crossbones Yard is intriguing and packed with suspense.
The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver (Hodder & Stoughton, £18.38)
Suspected terrorist Robert Moreno is killed by a sniper bullet in South America, and evidence suggests that the order came from the highest levels of the US Government. Brilliant forensics expert and quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme is called in to investigate along with his associate, Amelia Sachs. But as details of the case start to emerge, the duo discover nothing is as it seems and their investigation soon turns into a battle of wits against a cold-blooded killer in this tenth Lincoln Rhyme adventure.
Unfaithfully Yours by Nigel Williams (Corsair, £17.99)
When Elizabeth Price engages a private detective to find out if her husband is having an affair, it sets off a chain of correspondence that reunites four couples that once new each other but are now estranged, despite living just streets away from each other – or indeed, despite still being married to each other. Told in a series of letters, from love notes to condolence messages, each protagonist is more self-revealing than they would ever be in person. This comic tale shines the spotlight on marriage and how little we know those we think we know best.
Shadows on the Nile by Kate Furnivall (Sphere, £6.49)
In 1930s London, young Jessica Kenton is living life to the full when her younger brother Tim, an ancient Egyptian archaeology expert, goes missing. Vowing to find him, Jessie teams up with Sir Montague Chamford, who can resist neither a damsel in distress nor the chance of an adventure. Following clues left by Tim, Jessie and Monty head to Egypt and in the relentless heat, both romance and danger flourish. But slowly Jessie begins to wonder just how much Monty really knows about her brother. Perfect holiday escape material.
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Bantam Press, £8.99)
Pilgrim is the codename for a top-level US spy who, before retiring, wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But someone is now using that book to kill and NYPD detective Ben Bradley needs Pilgrim to help him solve the case. What starts as a challenging investigation soon turns into a terrifying race against time and across continents in this gripping thriller.
The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden (Century, £12.99)
When wealthy plantation owner Cornelius Allen marries off his daughter Clarissa, he presents her with a wedding gift – a young slave woman called Sarah, who also happens to be Allen’s daughter. But when Clarissa’s husband rejects her newborn son as illegitimate and sends Clarissa and Sarah back to the Allens, it sets in motion a series of events that will destroy the once-powerful family. Set in the Deep South before the American Civil War, this is a powerful and engaging tale of slavery, passion and the quest for freedom.