There is nothing quite like curling up with a cosy book while on holiday. Whether you’re hiking in the mountains, cruising for wildlife in the bush or soaking up the sun on the beach, a book will keep you company. In case you’re looking for one, take a look at my top 10 holiday reads of 2017.
1. Silent Scream, Angela Marsons
This is the first of seven books currently available in the Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series. Highly recommended clever police procedural novels, perfect for your December break.
2. The Hypnotist’s Love Story, Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty is one of my all-time favourite authors, and this is one of her best. This book, about hypnotist Ellen and her new boyfriend Patrick, as well as his former girlfriend turned stalker Saskia, will haunt you long after you turn the last page.
3. Friend Request, Laura Marshall
When Louise receives a friend request on Facebook from an old school friend who is believed to be dead she doesn’t know who is behind the chilling series of messages she receives forcing her to confront her past in this addictive thriller.
4. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair: Joel Dicker
A very different kind of mystery novel about a successful young author and his mentor, renowned novelist Harry Quebert, and the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl thirty-three years previously. This is a clever and unexpected “book within a book”.
5. The Women in Cabin 10: Ruth Ware
For fans of “Gone Girl” this is a similar thriller about a journalist, Lo, on board a luxury yacht. She witnesses a woman being thrown overboard – the problem is, there is no record of her ever being on the boat. As the cruise continues, Lo desperately tries to understand what has happened as she begins to realise something is terribly wrong.
6. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo is an Elizabeth Taylor type of character, an ageing Hollywood star who married seven men. She tells the story of her life to a young journalist in this lovely book about unexpected true love.
7. The Dry: Jane Harper
Set in a small town in Australia suffering a severe drought, a federal agent, Falke, returns home to attend his friend Luke’s funeral. As the local investigator and Falke begin digging into what really happened to Luke, long-buried lies and mysteries resurface.
8. Small Great Things: Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult took a long time to write this difficult book about race relations in the USA – I think this is her best book to date. Confronting difficult issues, this book is excellently researched giving chilling insights into USA’s white power movement.
9. A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
A harrowing story of four friends who meet at university. This is no light beach read, however, it is beautifully written and “unputdownable”.
10. The Light Between the Oceans, ML Steadman
You may have seen the movie starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender. This book, about a young couple living at a remote lighthouse in Australia find an abandoned baby and keep her, is worth a read as well.