Whether a beach break or a country escape, the all-important holiday read is a getaway essential. Try one of our top picks below for a guaranteed page-turner.
The Lake House – Kate Morton
If you’re after a book that will hook you from the start then The Lake House is the perfect choice. It follows the story of Sadie, an ex-detective who stumbles upon an abandoned house in the Cornish countryside. Curiosity peaked, she sets about uncovering the story behind the estate and its previous inhabitants, the Edevane family. The narrative weaves from the present to decades earlier, when the youngest Edevane child, 11-month old Theo, went missing after a family party. As Sadie digs further into the unsolved disappearance she discovers more than expected.
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See is an ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German orphan growing up during the Second World War. Marie-Laure and her father, a locksmith at The Museum of Natural History, flee Paris at start of 1940 upon the threat of Nazi invasion. Meanwhile Werner is plucked from the orphanage he lives in with his sister and enrolled in a brutalist Hitler Youth program having been discovered to have an aptitude for fixing radios. Their journeys eventually lead them to Sant-Molo in France where the two stories converge. Doerr’s most recent work won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015 and its clear why; the story is gripping and the prose beautifully realised.
The Power – Naomi Alderman
Winner of the 2017 Baileys Women’s prize for fiction, The Power is set in a world where teenage girls suddenly develop the ability to hurt or kill by releasing electric current from their fingertips. As this knowledge spreads to become a collective force within all females, the balance of societal power begins to shift. Boys are segregated into separate schools for their own safety, victims of sex trafficking turn on their captors and oppressed women the world over are freed from the constraints of their previous life. Told via the stories of four main characters, The Power is an engrossing balance of thrilling and thought-provoking.
Into the Water – Paula Hawkins
Following the global phenomenon that was The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins’ second novel has been eagerly awaited. Though different in plot and structure to the original, if you were a fan of The Girl on the Train then there are enough similarities to suggest you would enjoy her latest offering. Told via the voices of over 10 different characters, Into The Water begins after a single mother and a teenage girl are found dead in a river under the same circumstances. A clever take on deception and memory, Into the Water is a psychological thriller that is undoubtedly a page-turner.