The Novels You Need To Read This Summer

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For those of us that love reading but struggle to find the time to do it, we tend to use our summer holiday beach and poolside days as the time to get stuck in to a can’t-put-down novel.

Everyone heading off on a summer break packs a good book and if you haven’t made up your mind yet what you’ll be reading over the coming months, I had a chat with Love Reading about their recommendations.

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Love Reading is a free website that’s there to help you choose your next book. You can read extracts from new releases, see recommendations from fellow book lovers and use your recent favourites to generate suggestions.

Here are the summer novels that Love Reading’s experts recommend you get stuck in to this summer…

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Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

This thrilling novel is told from four different points of view, so you can really get inside the heads of the family of a girl who has returned from captivity after eight years. The drama isn’t over though, as this menacing tale starts to show.

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

If you like historical fiction, this might be one for you. The Unseeing is a crime drama set in 1837 that centres around a convicted murderer and his female accomplice, the evidence that convicted them and her attempts to prove her innocence.

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

This is no relaxing read like the title suggests. The novel opens with drama and continues with a tale of obsession and toxic relationships. One summer in a public lido changes Natalie’s life forever and she loses her sense of who she really is. She wanted to escape her real life, but is her new one all it seems to be?

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The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan

If you like a lighter read, this warm novel is the perfect typical summer choice. It’s a book about women and what binds them, friendship, secrets and how all relationships are different. You will definitely find someone to relate too in this novel that gets right inside all the female character’s consciousness’. It’s intelligent, deep ‘chick-lit’.

Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrick Backman

This urban novel follows a woman who divorces her cheating husband and needs to find a job to keep herself going. She takes basic work as a caretaker at a local sports centre that’s due to close down soon, but ends up coaching a football team for the local kids. It’s a heart-warming tale about a charming woman and overcoming adversity, that’s written very much in the style of his other novels.

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

If you were glued to Sky’s gripping drama The Five this spring, an adaptation of a Harlan Coben novel, you’ll love his new book Fool Me Once. It’s a real escapist read and has his typical double twist. A woman witnesses the murder of her husband, but then he appears on her nanny cam. She thought she trusted him. What did she actually see that day he was killed?

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