Summer Read suggestions

image-smallCA72HLU6Need a book to read on the beach or in your garden while the weather’s good? Here’s a few picks to try

The Shining Girls  Chicago 1931. Harper Curtis, a violent drifter, stumbles on a house with a secret as shocking as his own twisted nature – it opens onto other times. He uses it to stalk his carefully chosen ‘shining girls’ through the decades – and cut the spark out of them. He’s the perfect killer. Unstoppable. Untraceable. He thinks. Chicago, 1992. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Tell that to Kirby Mazrachi, whose life was shattered after a brutal attempt to murder her. Still struggling to find her attacker, her only ally is Dan, an ex-homicide reporter who covered her case and now might be falling in love with her.

Kiss Me First Leila has never met Tess, but she knows more about Tess than anyone in the world. Tess has never met Leila, but she is about to trust Leila with her life. One of them has never really lived, the other can’t face living any more. Together they concoct the perfect lie, but how long will it survive

image-smallAnd the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini author of ‘The Kite runner’ –A multi-generational family story revolving around brothers and sisters, ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ explores the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honour and sacrifice for each other

How about some horror? The Ocean at the End of the Lane . Fantastic British horror and fantasy by  Neil Gaiman. It began for our narrator 40 years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy –Every teenage girl thinks she’s different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realises just how different she is

Love story fans -try The memory of lost senses by Judith Kinghorn. When a mysterious countess arrives late in life to live at a large, deserted house on the edge of a sleepy Hampshire village, the local tongues start wagging. No one is more intrigued than Cecily Chadwick, idling away the long summer of 1911 with nothing much to do ..

Jill Mansell’s Don’t want to miss a thing Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi..


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