It’s that time of year where we are able to escape the confines of the office and the school runs, where we can ignore the housework, and the ‘big shop.’ We can take a little time out for ourselves. It is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a glass of wine and a good book. Whether you’re taking your ‘me time’ on a beach, or curled up on your sofa, here are the best books for escapism this summer.
The Friend by Dorothy Koomson.
Published in June this year this book will have you turning the pages from the very start. It’s full of complex characters and lots of mystery, there is no way you’ll be putting this down! Cece begrudgingly moved to Brighton with her husband, and three children. She didn’t want to move at all. She certainly doesn’t want to be there when she finds out that one of the mothers from her children’s new school, is in hospital in a coma after she was attacked. It is clear that someone within the community is hiding something. The new friends that Cece makes are proving difficult to trust, are they involved in the attack? It’s fast-paced and gritty, there’s lots of shocking moments, plenty of tension and keeps you guessing all the way through. A brilliantly written book that’ll make you forget the kids should have been put to bed hours ago!
Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul.
Another Woman’s Husband is a time-slip novel based around 1911 and 1997. In 1911 Mary Kirk and Wallis Simpson meet and their friendship begins, there are plenty of highs and lows as their friendship progresses. There’s tension and love and then one huge betrayal, but can their friendship survive it? In 1997, Rachel is caught up in her love life, she has just become engaged in Paris to her love Alex. They become caught up in something else entirely- the car accident that killed Princess Diana. As the weeks after Diana’s death unfold, Rachel begins to question not only Diana’s life, but her own. This takes her on a journey which links Diana with Wallis. This book is rich in descriptions and time, it makes you feel as though you are a part of Wallis’ cocktail parties or back in the highly emotional days, following Princess Diana’s death. You will be transported in time and be left amazed by history and descriptions.
Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech.
Make sure you have your tissues at the ready before you begin this beautiful book. We challenge you to read this book without a tear in your eye at several moments. Catherine has started working at a call centre that helps the victims of the Hull floods, in doing so she realises she has her own problems that she hasn’t addressed. Why is it that she has blanked out the year she was nine years old? What happened then? As her memory begins to return, it is clear that Catherine’s childhood was far from perfect, and there is something very dark and sinister that she is beginning to remember. There’s a lot of emotion that comes through when you read this book, it pulls you in and makes you want to wrap your arms around Catherine as you, the reader, learn what happened in her life at the same time as she does. It’s very powerfully written, have the tissues and the chocolates to hand for this!
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.
Published at the end of July, already this book has hit the number one spot in the Sunday Times, and we can see why! Lisa Jewell has left behind her chick lit days, and has turned to psychological thrillers. It definitely works as this is a fantastic read that makes you say ‘wow’, and stay up until ridiculous o’clock ploughing through the pages. When Laurel’s fifteen year old daughter goes missing she thinks she will never be able to function again. Years later she meets a man, a man she begins to fall in love with and his daughter. She’s so sweet and charming. The question is, why does she look so similar to her own missing daughter? There’s twists, there’s turns, there’s adrenalin-packed moments. You’ll not be able to pre-empt what happens. Do not begin this book if you only have five minutes because, once you’ve pick it up, it won’t be possible to put it down!