For some, the best part of a summer holiday is the sun.
For others it’s the cocktails.
And then there’s those that relish the complete and utter freedom that an escape to foreign lands offers. An escape that is so much more than physical. We’re talking about the off-the-grid kind of freedom that a good holiday book brings.
So sit back on that sun lounger, relax and sink your teeth into these great novels.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Technically, we’re a little late to the party on this one considering that the now trilogy series, was released back in 2013 but with the hype surrounding the soon-to-be-released movie adaption, it’s become incredibly harder to ignore our intrigue. Better late than never!
The book is centred around New Yorker, Rachel Chu who sets off with her boyfriend to spend the summer of a lifetime in Singapore…to meet his family for the first time. Upon her arrival (and much to her complete surprise), Rachel quickly learns that Nick’s family is one of the wealthiest and most successful families in the country and Nick, its most eligible bachelor.
This life may bring unimaginable levels of glitz and glamour but there’s plenty of dramatic obstacles to match, making it a hugely entertaining read and undoubtedly just as entertaining to watch.
The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll
The compulsive psychological thriller, The Favourite Sister will change the way you look at reality tv shows and their casts forever.
On first impressions, the storyline which focuses on sisters Brett and Kelly Courtney and a New York-based reality TV show, Goal Diggers, could be perceived “chick-lit”. However, with a closer look at the plot, Knoll reveals clever cultural criticisms throughout.
The fictional show, deemed America’s most popular reality TV series, follows the cast of five fiercely competitive, self-made women defined by their success, beauty and ruthless drive to get to the top no matter the cost. Plots that are heavily manipulated by producers bring the backstabbing and scathing social media attacks necessary to keep the drama (and ratings) alive but even the producers of the show couldn’t have predicted a season finale murder.
The Wives by Lauren Weisberger
Finally our prayers have been answered.
The Devil Wears Prada shaped hole in our hearts has been filled as Lauren Weisberger returns with Emily Charlton in tow.
Emily Charlton, former Runway assistant to editor, Miranda Priestley, now holds the glamorous job as image consultant to Hollywood’s brightest stars. In our long awaited reunion with Emily, she finds herself, unexpectedly, in the suburbs of New York, coming to the rescue of a model friend whose senator husband has set her up to disgrace herself ahead of very publicly dumping her.
Three women come together in solidarity to support each other and in the words of the book’s blurb – “He set her up. They’ll bring him down.”
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
A twisted, incredibly frustrating story about toxic relationships.
This one is guaranteed to make you squirm, throw your book at the wall and yet still find yourself glued to the pages in addictive frustration.
This is the book you wish you’d read before you got tangled up in that disastrous relationship so that you understood in advance how not to handle the situation. Because let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. They’re charming and complimentary, suave and super-confident. They make you feel special until, they don’t want to anymore. The fact that we’ve all been there is exactly why Carola Lovering’s new novel, Tell Me Lies, is such a fascinating read.
Lucy Albright arrives on the campus of her new Californian College, brimming with joy and itching for a fresh start far from her Long Island home and her mother whose betrayal she’s never been able to forgive.
Then she meets Stephen DeMarco.
Lucy inevitably falls in love with Stephen, a confident college boy and more significantly, falls in love with the vision he has of her, but as the relationship blossoms it’s clear that Stephen has a secret – the kind that just might destroy Lucy.
Told in alternating perspectives, the story tells the tale of the kind of love you just can’t let go of, for better or for worse.
The Girl Before by JP Delaney
How much would you sacrifice for the rental opportunity of a lifetime? For Jane, the answer was everything. One Folgate Street gives Jane the opportunity to live in a stunning, ultra-minamlist house designed by award-winning, enigmatic architect Edward Monkford. The only condition is she must abide by a long list of mysterious rules.
When Jane learns of the even more mysterious death of previous tenant, Emma, similarities arise and Jane begins to question whether she can outrun the fate dealt to the women before her.
Prepare for twist after twist, each one catching you more off guard than the last in this psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune and another’s tragic fate through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death and deception.
Fans of The Girl on The Train, will wholeheartedly lose themselves in JP Delaney’s, The Girl Before.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Meg Politzer takes the challenges of today’s women and in a satirical and sympathetic nature, captures the complicated landscape of contemporary feminism.
The plot, set in motion by an all too familiar experience for women of the #MeToo movement, follows college student Greer Kadetsky whose own experience of a freshman frat bother set on harassing his female peers, finds her venting her anger to college guest speaker, Faith Frank.
63-year-old Faith Frank’s character takes the shape of a Gloria Steinham-esque figure. The author of 1980s feminist bestseller, editor-in-chief of Bloomer and famed public speaker, earns status as Kadetsky’s hero almost instantaneously with the encounter at Greer’s college leading to the development of a mentorship that defines Greer’s career for the next decade.
Feminism, friendship, ambition and recurring theme of finding your way take centre stage in this timely novel.