From thrillers to the final instalment of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, here are ten fab summer reading novels to keep you occupied, mama!
Whether you’re heading home to catch up with family or lazing by the pool under a sun umbrella, we all love a good summer reading book.
Award-winning mystery author and Singapore resident Alice Clark-Platts shares her top choices to help while away those summer months. We’ve included links to where you can purchase these for Kindle or in book format; many are also available across Singapore’s fabulous National Library network!
Check out our summer reading gallery, mamas!
Nicolette Farrell returns to her hometown ten years after her best friend Corinne disappeared without trace. Hailed as the new Alfred Hitchcock by The New York Times Book Review, Miranda tells the story backwards — leaving the reader upside down and inside out and wondering just how far you might go to protect the ones you love.
Hailed as comparable to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, this debut is a complex story of love, friendship and obsession. It follows the lives of a group of Shakespeare students and how they cope when one of them meets a terrible end.
A fictionalised account of what happened to Queen of crime Agatha Christie when she famously went missing for three days in 1926. Fans of thrilling murder mysteries will be gripped.
This is the tale of legendary singer-songwriter, Cass Wheeler, who chooses sixteen songs for her Greatest Hits compilation. Looking back over the course of her life, including her withdrawal from the music industry, she tells us her story using the songs as her inspiration. A clever idea and perfectly executed, this book will have you turning the pages in the wee hours.
Not new, but a contemporary classic that’s been given a boost by the recent acclaimed television adaptation. Atwood’s tale follows Offred, the titular handmaiden in the dystopian nightmare of Gilead where women are only valued if they breed. A brilliant feminist tract that is at once funny and scathing – an absolute tour de force of a book.
In a Durham hotel at dawn, celebrated preacher Tristan Snow is murdered as he prays. None of the other guests – not even his daughter, his wife, or her sister – saw or heard anything. But then again, they all had a motive for murder. Detective Inspector Erica Martin is confronted by secrets and lies, lost in a case where nothing is what it seems.
From the Singaporean author of the hugely popular Crazy Rich Asians, comes the third and final book in the trilogy, which describes the world of the super-rich and a family saga that will have you spitting out your cornflakes in shock!
Roy’s debut, The God of Small Things, was received to universal acclaim and Roy was feted worldwide before retiring from words to become an activist in her native India. Now she’s back with this original and haunting novel dealing with human drama spanning romantic Old Delhi, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India.
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: one minute the children are there, then the next they’re gone. In this heart-racing tale, two couples on a cruise go ashore in beautiful Central America where a series of mishaps lead them further and further into danger. Told from different perspectives, this is a gripping read, as the couples try to recover their children and their shattered lives.
Australia is in the grip of its worst drought in a century. Tensions in the small community of Kiewarra become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to his childhood home and is unwillingly brought into the investigation, uncovering secrets that have long been buried and threaten to destroy the lives of all they concern.