May is the perfect month to update your reading pile; you are on the cusp of summer holidays and your month is littered with sunny weekends and bank holidays that are perfect for plenty of reading. This month I have a European sensation, a number one bestseller, a sexy summer read and a new psychological thriller on my reading pile and I can’t wait to race through them.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair – Joel Dicker
Already a huge bestseller in Europe, translated into over 32 languages, the winner of three major literary awards in France and selling over 2 million copies, this could be (according to the Sunday Times) the read of the summer. It’s had fantastic reviews and was described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘Twin Peaks meets Cold Blood meets Atonement’. That sounds like quite a book!
When the body of 15 year old Nola Kellergan who disappeared 33 years ago is dug up in the garden of bestselling author Harry Quebert’s seaside home along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made Harry a household name, Harry is immediately the prime murder suspect. All evidence points to Harry and many are quick to lay all blame at Harry’s feet but Marcus Goldman, friend, acclaimed author and mentee of Harry, believes he is innocent and sets out to prove so. As Marcus digs deep into Harry’s history and his love affair with the small New Hampshire town where he has resided for the past 33 years he chases the unanswered question, who was Nola Kellergan? A great and mysterious trail unravels, revealing dark and disturbing secrets that capture the attention of America. Promising a truckload of plot twists that will have you racing to the end, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is sitting pretty at the top of my reading pile.
The Accident – C.L.Taylor
Since publication at the beginning of April, The Accident has continued to climb the bestseller chart at pace. It has been a recommendation rustling on the book grapevine for a while due to its intriguing premise; a mother learns that her daughter has been hit by a bus and lies in a coma but is further devastated to find out that she stepped in front of it deliberately. With no explanation available, Sue is unable to understand why her daughter did it and begins to retrace her steps. As Sue moves back through recent and past events she discovers a disturbing reality laced with lies. Sue begins to question the trust she has placed in people. Is her past the reason her daughter put herself in danger?
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Ten years since the bestselling and critically acclaimed The Secret History was first published, Tartt is once again in the literary spotlight thanks to The Goldfinch. It was one of the most anticipated reads of 2013 and it didn’t disappoint. Nominated for countless awards, of which it has won many including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014, critics and readers raved and since October it has reigned over the bestseller chart. The only downside to this novel is the weight of it in hardback – it’s a lengthy novel (784 pages) but thankfully the paperback is publishing in June and I already have it on pre-order!
The Goldfinch is summarised by its publisher as a haunting odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. It follows the story of Theo Decker, who at thirteen survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. The Goldfinch has been described as overwhelmingly powerful, beautiful and full of suspense and if it’s half as good as The Secret History I will be a very happy reader.
The Lemon Grove – Helen Walsh
This book first caught my eye on Twitter a few months ago owing to its eye-catching cover and a fantastic pre-publication campaign by Tinder Press. The buzz kept building and it’s since been included on many Fantastic Read round-ups.
When Greg’s wife Jenn meets Nathan, the young boyfriend of her stepdaughter, she is immediately drawn to his reckless and passionate nature. As an affair ensues Jenn is no longer able to define the careful line between desire and obsession. The lives of the innocent and guilty are dramatically altered and bear shocking consequences. Stylist says that The Lemon Grove should be at the top of your summer reading list, and judging by the fantastic reviews that are coming in thick and fast I will happily obey.