Thrillers and chic lit … our faves make up this week’s reads
My Sister’s Bones revolves around war reporter Kate, who, following her mother’s death, returns to Herne Bay in Kent. Besides suffering from PTSD, she’s also dealing with her alcoholic sister and the memories they both have of childhood abuse and the death of their brother. Nuala Ellwood’s debut novel is dark, compelling and disturbing … and completely unputdownable! Penguin Books, R295.
Keeping the adrenalin going, The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz is an Evan Smaok thriller. Once called Orphan X, taken from a children’s home and raised and trained as part of a secret government’s initiative, now Evan breaks away and vanishes off the grid, using his fairly formidable skills to help those unable to protect themselves. Then he’s ambushed, drugged and captured and trying to escape, his skills are really put to use. Real on-the-edge-of-your-seat stuff. Penguin Books, R295.
Now for something a little lighter. And you don’t get much frothier than Sophie Kinsella. In My Not so Perfect Life, Katie Brenner shares her perfect life – a flat in London and a glam job – on her super-cool Instagram feed. In truth, she rents a tiny room, the jobs in admin, and she’s just got the sack. In a typical chic-lit twist, she’s offered the chance to get her own back on the boss-who-ruined-her-dreams … should she take it? Great fun, a lovely weekend read. Penguin Books, R295.
Katie Fforde’s books are always a delight … and fans will love A Secret Garden. It’s a typical Fforde story … two best friends working in the grounds of a beautiful manor house, surrounded by family and friends but no romance to talk of. But sometimes love’s just around the corner. Romantic, light, hugely enjoyable. Penguin Books, R295.