5 books you need to read before summer ends

Five books you need to read this summer

I’m not so sure why the months are flying by! It’s literally going to be christmas before we know it (not that that’s a bad thing). Despite time escaping us (as always) I thought it best to slip these five book recommendations before I jet off to South Africa next weekend and spend time with Mother Nature (and Simba). A lot of thought goes into my recommendations, but I do have to admit, one of them automatically got a place because of the pretty cover (yes, I judged it by the cover). However, more than just a pretty face, these stories have substance, they’re shocking and entertaining and they’re all keeping me up at night! So here they are:


The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

Roz wears many, many hats, but the one she thought she’d never wear is now overshadowing her – desperation.

She’s crippled by debt, her belongings are being seized and she’s not sure how she’ll get out of it. But someone makes her an offer she’d be crazy (or sane) to refuse. He wants one night with her…yes, one night, and he’ll sort out all her problems. What could go wrong? 

From the author of Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? Paula Daly’s back with a vengeance. Grab your copy from Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones




Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson

Black Out by

The truth in this dark Icelandic book is that awful things happen in beautiful places.

A man is brutally murdered; a reporter decides to investigate on her own (bad choice) and Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues have hit a brick wall with one of their cases.

With every situation and every character, there’s a mess that can’t be cleaned up and secrets that, if exposed, will break those they belong to.

Book three in the series is gritty and moreish. Grab your copy from Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones



The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Who loves debuts? Me! I just find them really exciting and this one scared me a little because the premise sounded so good.

Elka (not Elsa for you Frozen fans), was taken in by a man at the tender age of seven, by a man she named ‘Trapper’ (hmm…interesting already, right?)

It turns out that Trapper, the great hunter who took her in and taught her all she needed to know and gave her everything is in actual fact wanted for murder. And more than that, there’s someone very, very important who wants to speak to Elka, like yesterday – and isn’t the only one either.

Elka’s mission is to get away ASAP and find her real parents. Will she ever get there, though? Eeek.

Indulge in this debut and be prepared for what’s to come. Grab your copy from Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones


I See You by Clare Mackintosh

I See You by Claire Mackintosh

If you saw your photo in the newspaper you’d want to, no, need to know why it’s there. The only information given is a website address and a phone number…

This is Zoe Walker’s story. She needs the answers to why her photo’s in the paper, how it got there and how she can stop it. Her family, though, think she’s being just a little bit paranoid, after all, everyone has a Doppelgänger, right?

Then there’s a photo of someone else, and someone else, and someone else. What sicko’s doing this and why?

(By the way…the colours in this cover are killing me!)

It’s the type of creepy page-turner that’s ridiculously entertaining. Grab your copy from Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones


The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth WareSo…it’s book two from the author of In A Dark, Dark Wood.

Everyone wants the perfect trip, sometimes it’s literally what you need after life takes it’s toll on you, right? Well, Lo Blacklock, can testify to that. After experiencing a traumatic break-in (so she’s already on edge), this travel journalist dives at the opportunity to see The Northern Lights for a luxury press launch. Not to mention it’s a chance to figure out what she wants from her relationship. (Running away isn’t the answer…I joke. It’s for the ‘space’.)

So what could go wrong? Oh. Just waking up to hear someone screaming and seeing someone chucked overboard from the cabin beside her – the usual, you know? But…apparently no one checked into that cabin and no one’s missing from the boat. Is Lo losing it or did she really see what she saw? And should she really be telling people this as the only witness…?

It promises to be a thrilling page-turner so you may as well grab your copy from Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones


There you have it, more books to buy, indulge in and go absolutely bonkers for the protagonist or the villain. I can’t lie, I love the baddies if they’re clever, cunning and not a carbon copy of another character.

Happy reading – let me know which ones you like or love! I’ll let you know mine, of course.


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