10 Of This Summer's Essential Holiday Reads
There's nothing like a grippingly good book to help you relax and escape when you’re on holiday. So why not choose from our sensational selections - and lose yourself for an hour or three?
1. Skin Deep, by Liz Nugent (thriller)
Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for more than 20 years. She has also been living a lie. Her façade as an English socialite is about to shatter when she gets an unwelcome visit from someone in her shady past.
2. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership, by James Comey (non-fiction/politics)
Former FBI Director James Comey's tell-all account of his experiences of the US government over the past 20 years. Unmissable moments include his damning views on President Donald Trump and tales of the Oval Office.
3. The Woman In The Woods, by John Connolly (thriller)
Dublin crime writer John Connolly continues his popular Charlie Parker series with a chilling story of a baby's disappearance following the mysterious death of its mother. Connolly weaves a spell that holds your attention to the very last page.
4. Almost Love, by Louise O’Neill (fiction)
Sarah falls deeply in love with Matthew, but there’s a problem: Matthew is 20 years older than her, and he wants to keep their relationship secret. Sarah sticks with it, but her love for Matthew soon becomes an addiction.
5. The Perfect Girlfriend, by Karen Hamilton (thriller)
'True love hurts, but Juliette know it’s worth all the pain…' Welcome to the love story of the year, as Juliette follows her former boyfriend, Nate, across the world to tell him something extremely important: she really is the perfect girlfriend.
6. From A Low And Quiet Sea, by Donal Ryan (fiction)
The struggles of four different people slowly merge as the story moves from war-torn Syria to provincial Ireland. Limerick writer Donal Ryan gives us another moving tale about the frailties of people and the unpredictability of life.
7. Macbeth, by Jo Nesbo (crime)
A spin on the Shakespearean play by one of the world’s most famous crime writers. It's a rollercoaster of a read that looks at loyalty, corruption, drug-riddled communities and the comforts of true friendship.
8. Orange Blossom Days, by Patricia Scanlan (fiction)
The lives of several people are destined to interlock at a recently opened apartment complex in a beautiful southern Spanish town. What seems a place of solace soon turns into something quite different.
9. The Year That Changed Everything, by Cathy Kelly (fiction)
Three women – Sam, Ginger and Callie – celebrate milestone birthdays that bring serious consequences for them. Ginger’s 30th may not go to plan, Sam’s 40th ushers in new life, while Callie gets a surprise she hadn't expected at her 50th.
10. Last Stories, by William Trevor (fiction, short stories)
Irish writer William Trevor is arguably one of the best writers of short stories in the English language. This posthumously published collection is his final book. Ten stories – nine of which are published in a book for the first time - throw a light on the human condition in a way only Trevor can.
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