When summer comes around and the year comes crashing towards December, the last thing I feel like is a difficult read. You know, one of those that is exquisitely written and something you’re supposed to love, but it all just feels like a lot of hard work? I selfishly want something that propels my pudding mind forward, while still being well written enough for me not to feel dirty when I’m done.
Here are my top summer reads so far:
This is a light, funny and modern read written in a snappy style. I instantly loved the unusual, hyper-intelligent family at its centre and didn’t expect the mystery of the book’s title to turn out the way it did. Perfect escapism.
Confession. I read most of this in one sitting in Exclusive Books, curled up in a chair next to the children’s section, laughing manically. Rebecca’s debut is a collection of personal essays in the style of David Sedaris, but with a South African feel. She's always been one of SA's best journalists, so it's a great treat to have a whole novel written in her distinctive voice.
This is the type of book you have to talk to someone about afterwards, so read it at the same time as your friends. Many are calling it the next Gone Girl, I think it’s better.
A little girl disappears from a festival, following a mysterious old man who claims to know her. This unsettling thriller is a page-turner with depth. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who wants a juicy, light mystery, as the issue at the core of the book is incredibly sad.
Two posh single sex schools. One murder. A clan of inseparable besties with a dark secret. What more is there to know? Tana French is one of the best thriller writers out there, and this book is one of my favourites.
Melissa is a South African author I would definitely love to read more of. This beautiful, evocative book tells the story of a South African boy that goes missing in India. Maybe it’s the perfectly depicted setting, or the epic storyline, but by the end I felt like I’d watched a completely engrossing movie.
Masterful writing and a chilling plot make this my favourite Gillian Flynn thriller. Tear through this in a few days and then go see how Charlize interprets the main character in the movie.