Here are some sizzling reads for the longer summer days:
The Last Thing She Told Me by Linda Green: A superb suspense novel from the author of ' After I've Gone'. Moments before she dies, Nicola's grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden. Enough to start the shivers off.. Nicola's mother dismisses this as nonsense but when Nicola's youngest daughter finds a tiny bone while playing in Betty's garden, Nicola starts to dig a little deeper. Long buried secrets surface that threaten to rip this family apart.
Circe by Madelene Miller: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. Circe is a strange child - not powerful and terrible, like her father, nor gorgeous and mercenary like her mother. Scorned and rejected, Circe grows up in the shadows, at home in neither the world of gods or mortals. But Circe has a dark power of her own: witchcraft. When her gift threatens the gods, she is banished to the island of Aiaia where she hones her occult craft, casting spells, gathering strange herbs and taming wild beasts. Yet a woman who stands alone will never be left in peace for long - and among her island's guests is an unexpected visitor: the mortal Odysseus, for whom Circe will risk everything. A wonderfully enchanting read, perfect for summer.
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon: This is a beautifully written book that begins as 84-year-old Florence takes a fall in her nursing home after the arrival of a newcomer to the home who resembles a man she knew sixty years before. Redemption and reconciling with the past are explored in this wonderfully moving title from the author of The Trouble With Goats & Sheep.
Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan: A story about mothers and daughters that will tug at your heart-strings. When Tilly's mother dies, she goes back to Brighton to sort through her mother's belongings but uncovers more than she bargained for. By revisiting the past, Tilly is able to put old ghosts to rest. A wonderful read full of big, bold characters that you really feel for.
The Key by Kathryn Hughes: 1956 : It's Ellen Crosby's first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change both their lives for ever. Jump forward to 2006: Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy and lost love, and the chance to make an old wrong right . A heartbreaking, powerful read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls: The international bestelling athor of 'One Day' returns with another stunning novel exploring teenage worries, ordinary life and the redeming power of friendship and love. In 1997, Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don't remember in the school photograph. His exams have not gone well. At home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way round, and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.
Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope.