You know the Summer is nearly over when the nights start drawing in and it’s dark at 8pm!! As sad as that is it’s also nice to get in from home and chill out with a good book. No need to feel guilty about not making the most of a nice sunny night. Here’s a few books that are on my list to read in the Autumn and a couple of recommendations for you that didn’t make the Summer list. Happy reading!
The Blue by Lucy Clarke
This book will transport you back to those lazy Summer days. Two friends head to the Far East for a summer of escape and fun. They soon meet a group of like-minded fellow travellers who invite them to travel on their yacht The Blue, sailing from the Philippines to New Zealand. At first this is a dream come true but then darker things emerge. I loved this book and my friend Olivia took it on her holidays and said the same. Lucy Clarke is a brilliant author. If you haven’t read any of her novels check them out!
Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown
It’s easy to get in a reading rut and I’m definitely in the psychological thriller rut at the moment so fancy something totally different. This series was on a list of books that would make great TV and is of the same ilk as Hunger Games in the dystopian fiction genre. The book is set on Mars in a future which sees society members colour coded. Darrow is a 16 year old Red (lower class) Miner, working all day believing that he and his people are making Mars livable for future generations. However, they have all been lied to and other members of society are already there-using the Reds as slaves. Sounds intriguing and you’re never too old for some YA fiction!
The Betrayals by Fiona Neill
I’m half way through this book at the moment and loving it. Split between four members of the same family the story is narrated by Rosie, her ex-husband Nick, and their twenty-something children Daisy and Max. Eight years ago Nick left Rosie to be with her best friend Lisa. The family are all still recovering from this big shock and trying to put the pieces together. The story is split between the present and past which keeps you turning the pages. Lisa wants to speak to Rosie to reveal a big secret and the rest of the family know that there will be big consequences to this.
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
One of the novels selected by Richard and Judy for their Autumn book club definitely appeals to me.
The girls of the Roanoke family – beautiful, rich, mysterious – seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them that’s never spoken.
Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents’ estate in rural Kansas, she found out what it really means to be a Roanoke girl. Lane ran, far and fast. Until eleven years later, when her cousin Allegra goes missing – and Lane has no choice but to go back.
The synopsis totally makes me want to read on. What is it that could make her turn her back on her family? And where is Allegra?
Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas
I recommend all of Claire Douglas’ books ‘The Sisters’, ‘Local Girls Missing’ and now ‘Last Seen Alive’. This novel had me gripped straight away, a real page-turner. Libby and her husband Jamie receive a letter through the post asking if they would like to do a house swop for Easter in Cornwall. This couldn’t come at a better time as Libby is recovering from an accident at the school she teaches in where she rescued students from a blaze. Off they go to Cornwall where they find the keys to an amazing luxury home, but soon they feel as if they are being watched. This leads to tension and an amazing twist involving an old friend of Libby from school days. Brill read with lots of twists and turns.
I hope you enjoy some of my recommendations and get stuck into a good book this Autumn. Let me know of any must reads that need to make my next list.