Lucy Diamond

One of the most enjoyable parts of planning a holiday is picking a juicy reading list that will entertain and enthral as you lie by the pool, in a shady hammock or on the beach. I’ve had a lot of stressful things happening in the last few months including an imminent house-move and all its attendant palaver, and whenever life has threatened to overwhelm me, I’ve tried to flash-forward to an image of me on holiday this summer, with sunshine, a cold drink and a brilliant book, when all the stress will be temporarily held at bay.  Bring it on!
If you’re compiling your own summer reading list, here are a few books you might want to add:



The Missing by C. L. Taylor

This is a dark twisty psychological thriller, with a broken family at its centre – and lots of secrets. Teenager Billy has gone missing, and his mother Claire is convinced he’s still alive… but maybe she didn’t know her son as well as she thought… This book had me gripped – and kept me guessing –until the very end.
How To Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

I always take one of Veronica Henry’s books on holiday with me as she is the queen of a feel-good story, and her new novel is no exception. Set around the Nightingale Bookshop in an idyllic Cotswold village, this has a cast of very likable characters whose stories weave around the bookshop in a hugely satisfying way.
The Muse by Jessie Burton

Having loved The Miniaturist, I’ve been enormously excited to read this, Jessie Burton’s second novel, which sounds every bit as captivating as her debut. Set in 1960s London and 1930s Spain, the story follows two young women, Trinidadian Odelle and bohemian Olive, and the powerful mystery that connects them both.
This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell

Along with Kate Atkinson, Maggie O’ Farrell is one of those authors whose books I seek out as soon as they are published. This one was a slow burn for me, with the narrative switching between characters, continents and times, but she pulls the story together so cleverly and deftly, I found myself completely drawn in.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I was lucky enough to read an early proof of this novel and it’s a real rollercoaster ride. When Jason Dessen is abducted, he comes round to find himself in a parallel version of his own life where his wife is not his wife and his son was never born. How did he get here? And can he ever get back? Prepare to have your mind blown as you race through this fast-paced compelling tale.