Whether you're jetting off on a tropical holiday, or just heading out to the nearest park to do some sunbathing, there isn't a single trip that can't be made better with a book. Here are a few that we'll be packing...
This is an absorbing, utterly true-to-life story of two young people who are in love. Newly graduated, they move to New York to begin their lives together, but things don't go as planned. They make bad decisions, they drift apart, and they see the lives they had planned slipping away against the skyscraper-strewn sky of a city that once held so much promise. Wonderfully written and strangely addictive, it's a refreshing take on the traditional love story, set in New York. You'll be pressing it into everyone's hands and urging them to read it.
Into the Water
If you loved The Girl On The Train, you're probably planning on reading Into The Water, and we can assure you it's worth the wait. But don't go in expecting a mirror of the author's first thriller - whilst it's just as gripping and atmospheric, the best thing about this book is that that it's completely unique. In this eerie tale set in a town with dark secrets, a single mother has been found dead at the bottom of a river, and her daughter Jules is left behind in the care of an aunt she barely knows. It's a novel that will drag you into its depths, leaving you gulping for air as you race through the pages. You won't be able to put it down.
Before the Rains
Eliza moves to India to pursue the job of a lifetime - photographing the Royal Family and living in the Palace to observe their lives. She doesn't plan on falling head over heels for the Prince, of course, but in another cracker from Dinah Jefferies, that is bound to happen. Passionate, colourful and full of the ache of difficult decisions, Eliza and Jay are forced to make a choice: love for each other, or duty to their own countries. It's an escapist read if ever there was one, and we can't wait to devour it by the pool.
Sexy, shocking and compulsively readable, Mad is the first in a trilogy and follows Alvie, an unapologetic, foul-mouthed and quick-witted woman who doesn't live by the rules. When she loses her job and gets kicked out of her apartment she heads to Italy to stay with her perfect twin sister, but not everything goes to plan, and her sister ends up dead. It's addictive, compelling, sun-soaked madness, and Alvie is the most unforgettable narrator you'll ever read. If you love a page-turner and can only pack one book in your suitcase this summer, let it be this one.
Thrilling and chillingly realistic, The Friend is about secrets, betrayal and unwanted discoveries. Cece moves to Brighton with her kids and befriends a group of mums from her children's school, only to find out that another school mum was almost murdered only weeks before. And when Cece finds out that the police suspect one of her new friends as the would-be murderer, she begins to wonder - can she uncover the truth before it's too late? Full of suspense and tension, it's a book that will keep you guessing right to the very end. Dorothy Koomson never disappoints.
The Woolgrower's Companion
Set in the harsh, rugged landscape of rural Australia, this is story of forbidden romance and survival, and will hook you in from the very first page. You'll fall in love with the feisty heroine, Kate (inspired by the author's grandmother,) who spends a year saving her family's sheep farm and discovers more about herself than she bargained for. Above all it's a heart-breaking love story, but it's also a tale about independence, strength and family drama - a sweeping epic to completely immerse yourself in. We loved every minute of it.