Whether you’re reclining on a lounger beside a pool somewhere sunny, or spending a Sunday on the sofa, summer is the perfect time to get stuck into a good book.
Here are five page turners which should keep you captivated from cover to cover.
1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
If you’ve not read this psychological thriller yet, then now is the time, before the film adaptation hits cinemas later this year.
The story follows the daily commute of Rachel, who passes the same back gardens of a row of homes on her way to and from work each day.
As she passes by, she sees the same couple, who she comes to think of as living the perfect life – until she sees something shocking, and everything changes.
2. Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson
You might know of Swedish journalist and writer Jonas Jonasson from his madcap witty debut novel ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’, which was a bestseller last year and went on to be made into a film.
‘Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All’, Jonasson’s third novel, is another zany read with plenty of laughs.
3. According to Yes by Dawn French
Dawn French’s number one bestseller tells the story of the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives on Manhattan's Upper East Side are changed with the arrival of Rosie Kitto, an eccentric English primary school teacher.
French’s previous novels ‘Oh Dear Sylvia’ and ‘A Tiny Bit Marvellous’ won widespread acclaim, and ‘According to Yes’ has been described as “charming, wise and brilliantly written” by Marian Keyes.
4. Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
Scottish crime author Ian Rankin returns with this number one bestseller, the latest title in his Rebus series.
John Rebus is retired but misses life in the police force – so when DI Siobhan Clarke asks for his help on a case of a senior lawyer who has been found dead, he is quick to get involved.
Rankin’s first Rebus novel was published in 1987 and the Rebus books have been translated into 36 languages.
5. After You by Jojo Moyes
The cinematic adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ bestseller Me Before You, starring Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin, has had people reaching for the tissues in cinemas nationwide this month.
After You, the sequel to Me Before You, is released this Thursday (June 30th) and tells Lou’s story as she tries to work out what to do next and how to make the most of her life.