Spring has finally sprung, and with the sun making ever longer appearances, the good people of Buckinghamshire are looking for books that will keep them hooked on those lovely days perfect for sitting outside with a good story.
My recommends at the moment are a couple of brilliant thrillers, ones to keep you reading throughout the long days and well into the night.
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins:
Published in January, this is one best-seller that isn’t slowing down over 3 months later! There’s a good reason for that too: it really is a cracking read.
Set in a fictional version of Witney, this thriller follows the life of Rachel, an unhappily divorced, alcoholic woman prone to creating imaginative fantasies involving other people’s lives. But is it just her imagination when a woman she’s been watching every day from the window of her train goes missing after she’s witnessed something unusual? Soon Rachel immerses herself into the hunt for the missing woman, tangling herself into a web of lies, police investigations and dangerous people. And all this whilst her own life is falling to pieces around her.
This is a book I found very difficult to put down, début author Paula Hawkins really knows how to end a chapter! When I finally finished the book, I ran into work and said desperately to my colleagues “Has anyone else read this, because I really need to talk about it?!” A book you’ll definitely want to be reading with your friends, sharing your theories and discussing how you think it’ll end. Though I highly doubt that you’ll guess the ending!
After The Crash by Michel Bussi:
‘On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?
Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Crédule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl’s hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything – then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone…’
This stunning, darkly chilling book is completely enthralling. Anyone who felt a void in their lives after finishing the Steig Larsson trilogy will consume this in one sitting. I know the next big thing when I see it, and here it is. Read it before you hear too much about it!
Thus ends my recommends for this week, but if you fancy something more tailored to your tastes, or just want someone to talk to about either of these books (or any books for that matter), don’t hesitate to pop into the shop and have a chat with one of us. We’re always looking for new book-friends!