What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for July.
David Nicholls, bestselling author of One Day, has written a new, funny, coming-of-age novel called Sweet Sorrow. The book is a tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life. It is narrated by Charlie Lewis, who is looking back at his 16-year old self. He meets Fran and their relationship becomes a brief, blinding explosion of love.
Sweet Sorrow is also about Charlie’s teenage mates, their banter and his complicated relationship with his father. Clare Mackintosh said “Astutely observed, and almost painfully nostalgic, Sweet Sorrow reads like a true story.” Sweet Sorrow was published by Hodder & Stoughton on 11 July.
The Holiday is the ideal summer thriller. It’s written by the bestselling author T. M. Logan, who was a national newspaper journalist before he started writing novels full-time. His debut thriller Lies was one of Amazon UK’s biggest e-books of 2017.
The plot unfolds over seven days. There are three families and in one of them is a killer- someone who is prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden. It was supposed to be the perfect holiday but there is trouble in paradise. Lee Child described it as “Hypnotically readable – with a twist you won’t see coming.” The Holiday is out on 25 July.
Deborah Moggach, the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is back with a new novel called The Carer. James is an elderly widower who needs help at home, and his children employ Mandy as his carer; a chatty 50-year-old. James and Mandy get on really well but his children start to notice that their father’s private papers have been moved. What is Mandy up to?
The story is full of twists and turns. Marian Keyes reviewed it as “Unputdownable, fun and tender with characters that jump off the page. Perfection.” The Carer was published by Tinder Press on 11 July.
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