8 Popular Books for Summer 2020

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What are the Most Popular Reads this Summer 2020?

The summer of  2020 has been an extraordinary one in many ways not least in that most of us will have probably spent more time alone or at home than any other summer. For those of you who have managed to work through your bookshelves and ‘to be read’ piles,  here are a few suggestions of books that are topping readers’ interest this summer.

Historical

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This multi-million copy bestselling book was published in late 2019 but seems to have been one of the most read books this summer.

‘I can’t even express how much I love this book!’ Reese Witherspoon

For years, rumors of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. In late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Domestic Thriller

The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler

This USA TODAY bestseller was described by Sunday Times bestselling author C.L. Taylor as, ‘An intriguing and gripping psychological thriller that keeps you guessing as you frantically turn the pages.’

The perfect couple … or the perfect lie?

A devoted wife…
A year ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been perfect. But one evening, Danny doesn’t return home.

A missing husband…
Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified by what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees photos of the victims she is even more stunned…they all look just like Danny.

Who would you believe?
But the police are suspicious. Why has no one apart from Gemma heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or is this marriage hiding some very dark secrets?

The Perfect Couple

 

Historical Romance

The Secret of the Chateau by Kathleen McGurl

This latest novel by the USA Today bestselling author is a time-slip story set in 1789 and the present day.

Everything is about to change…

  1. Pierre and Catherine Aubert, the Comte and Comtesse de Verais, have fled the palace of Versailles for their château, deep in the French Alps. But as revolution spreads through the country, even hidden away the Auberts will not be safe forever. Soon they must make a terrible decision in order to protect themselves, and their children, from harm.

Present day. When Lu’s mother dies leaving her heartbroken, the chance to move to a château in the south of France with her husband and best friends seems an opportunity for a new beginning. But Lu can’t resist digging into their new home’s history, and when she stumbles across the unexplained disappearance of Catherine Aubert, the château begins to reveal its secrets – and a mystery unsolved for centuries is uncovered…

The Secret of the Chateau

Romantic Comedy

The Shelf by Helly Acton

Described by Marian Keyes as ‘Utter Perfection!’ This Radio 2 Book Club Pick is a funny relatable read about our obsession with being in a couple and settling down.

Ever feel like you’re losing a race you never signed up for? Everyone in Amy’s life seems to be getting married, having children and settling down (or so Instagram tells her), and she feels like she’s falling behind.

So, when her long-term boyfriend surprises her with a dream holiday, she thinks he’s going to finally pop the Big Question. But the dream turns into a nightmare when, instead, she finds herself on the set of a Big Brother-style reality television show, The Shelf.

Along with five other women, Amy is brutally dumped live on TV and must compete in a series of humiliating and obnoxious tasks in the hope of being crowned ‘The Keeper’.

While inside the house, will Amy learn that there are worse things than being ‘left on the shelf’?

The Shelf

 

Thriller

All My Lies Are True by Dorothy Koomson

This is a breath-taking sequel to the iconic Sunday Times bestseller The Ice Cream Girls.
(Here’s Dorothy talking about her new book).

Verity is telling lies…
And that’s why she’s about to be arrested for attempted murder.

Serena has been lying for years. . .
And that may have driven her daughter, Verity, to do something unthinkable…

Poppy’s lies have come back to haunt her . . .
So will her quest for the truth hurt everyone she loves?

Everyone lies.
But whose lies are going to end in tragedy?

All My Lies

Horror

The Other Girl by C D Major

Do you believe in previous lives? If you do, or if you’re intrigued by stories of people who insist they have experienced them, then why not have a look at this book.

They thought she was insane. But what if she was telling the truth?

1942, New Zealand. Edith’s been locked away for a long time. She was just five years old when she was sent to Seacliff Lunatic Asylum. Fifteen years later, she has few memories of her life before the asylum, but longs for one beyond it.

When she survives a devastating fire that destroys her ward, Edith is questioned by the police and a young doctor, Declan Harris. Intrigued by his beautiful patient, Declan begins to doubt the official reasons for her incarceration. Is she truly mad—or could the impossible stories she told as a child actually be true?

Time is running out. With Edie awaiting a new and permanent treatment, soon there will be little of her left to save. Meanwhile intrigue has tipped into obsession—Declan needs to uncover the truth, but in doing so he will risk losing everything. As he sets out to save her mind, will he lose his own?

CD is taking part in our ShiverFest event on October 31st…

The Other Girl

YA

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

Read the next chapter in the massively successful Twilight series. Midnight Sun is written from vampire Edward’s perspective.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

Midnight Sun

Non-Fiction

A House Through Time by David Olusoga and  Melanie Backe-Hansen

Written by historians this book takes us into the histories of a house and the lives of the people who inhabited them. If you’ve watched the TV series you’ll know the incredible amount of genealogical research and details worked through to bring the property’s history to life.

As with the television series, A House Through Time offers readers tools and help to discover the history of their own homes taking you through the more prosperous and also difficult periods in time that the residents of the house might have experienced.

This book reminds us that it is at home that we are truly ourselves where, behind closed doors the true lives of the families within are lived.

A House Through Time