Holidays offer an escape from reality and freedom from the routines of everyday life, you get to be be pampered, indulge in life’s luxuries and achieve total relaxation. But what to do with your new found spare time? In-between sampling the exciting array of activities we offer at Constance Hotels and Resorts, we don’t think anything accompanies lounging poolside, or soaking up the sun on a beach, quite as well as enjoying a good book. We’ve compiled our top ten picks for your summer reading list to suit everyones fancy, from gritty thrillers to letters of love.
The Sweetheart Deal – Polly Dugan
A tragic accident leaves Audrey suddenly widowed and grieving her husband Leo. Little does she know that Leo’s best friend Garrett has quit his job and is on a one-way flight to her, to uphold a decade-old pact.
An emotionally compelling read, taking you on a heart-breaking ride from devastating loss to the hope of new love, The Sweetheart Deal offers up relatable characters with whom you will gladly share secrets and struggles.
Last Ride to Graceland – Kim Wright
When blues musician Cory finds a priceless guitar in her late mother’s shed, she becomes curious about the time her mother spent living at Graceland as a backup singer to Elvis Presley. A journey to the iconic home reveals more than Cory bargained for.
A heart-warming read which will have you both laughing and sobbing. A beautiful follow up novel to Wright’s ‘The Canterbury Sisters’.
Disclaimer – Renee Knight
Catherine Ravenscroft appears to live a charmed life – but that all changes when a mysterious book appears on her bedside table. Upon reading, it becomes increasingly clear that the story is about her and the past that she would rather keep secret.
Offering a terrifying insight into the dark side of the human psyche, Disclaimer is a gripping read that fans of ‘Gone Girl’ will find hard to put down.
Live at Brixton Academy – JS Rafaeli
London’s Brixton Academy has long been an integral part of the UK music scene and JS Rafaeli, along with the venue’s founder Simon Parkes, is offering a back-stage look into how the dream began and the adventures that played out there.
A fun and revealing read that transports you back to the heyday of live music in Britain, Live at Brixton Academy is a must-read for music-lovers.
Beat The Rain – Nigel Jay Cooper
Louise, grieving the death of her lover Tom, does the only thing she can think of to make the pain go away – she marries his twin brother Adam. But letting go of her past isn’t as easy as she thought. After a seemingly chance encounter with a charming stranger called Jarvis, all of their lives begin to unravel.
Beat The Rain is a moving and vulnerable psychological thriller, depicting the reality of a relationship in decline. At times humorous, at times heartbreaking, it explores what it means to live, to love and to lose.
Under the Harrow – Flynn Berry
After discovering her older sister brutally murdered, Nora sets out on a quest for justice. Lack of faith in the local police department leads her down less conventional lines of inquiry, unveiling dark secrets and satisfying twists.
Under the Harrow takes you on a fascinating journey through the emotional decline of Nora, and offers a warming tone of the value of family and sisterhood.
This Modern Love – Will Darbyshire
After suffering heartbreak, YouTuber Will Darbyshire asked his viewers about their experience with relationships. Funny, moving and revealing, the responses came in many forms – many of which have been included in this intriguing complication; This Modern Love.
Utterly relatable, this moving portrait of the current state of love in a modern world breaks down the barriers of geography, age and gender – we are more alike than you think.
Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh
Eileen Dunlop, a lonely, unstable young woman who works at a juvenile correctional facility, gets involved in a very strange crime. This is the setting for this powerful novel displaying the rich character development Moshfegh is known for.
You are sure to get lost in this contemporary piece on obsession, self-loathing and suspense.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism – Grady Hendrix
High school freshman, Abby, starts to notice things are a little strange with best friend Gretchen. Bizarre behaviour and strange coincidences begins lead Abby to the only natural conclusion – she must be possessed and in need of an exorcism.
Funny and frightening with a nod to 80s nostalgia, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is an entertaining read: more about lasting friendships than demons.
A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James.
The story begins in the aftermath of the attempted murder of Bob Marley, just before the Jamaican political election in the 1970s, and spans across decades and continents.
The winner of Man Booker Prize in 2015, A Brief History of Seven Killings is fast becoming a modern classic. A must-read for its brutal, beautiful honesty about a fascinating time period.