Beach books for summer holidays and more page-turners to read
Turn off your phone, switch off the TV, power down your computer and log out of social media for a while. You’re not going to need them. It’s time to switch on your e-reader or, if you’re old-school, pick up a paperback.
Whether you’re looking for books for a beachside holiday or air conditioning-powered sessions on the sofa, we have a selection of new and upcoming tomes that need your attention. Thrillers, romance, myths and even a 1970s Shakespeare reboot all make our cut for your reading list…
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica Another tense thriller from the author of The Good Girl will be the ideal, suspenseful page-turner for the summer. It’s the story of a grieving wife who becomes obsessed with the details of her husband’s suspicious death in a car crash. The narrative is divided between her findings and the final months before his death, bringing forth dark discoveries as the two plot lines overlap. Dhs37 (paperback), Dhs21 (Kindle). Published: Jun 27.
Camino Island by John Grisham One of the finest living thriller authors returns once again. Fans will be instantly attracted to this story of a daring heist of priceless books from Princeton University library. When the stolen books and manuscripts turn up on the black market, Grisham starts delivering the thrills as only he can and consistently does. Dhs47 (Kindle). Published: Out now.
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave This story about an internet celebrity who loses everything when her accounts get hacked and secrets about her private life are revealed has already been optioned as a film by some of the hottest names in Hollywood. Despite catastrophe in the plot line, we’re expecting redemption and happy endings. Dhs65 (paperback). Published: Jul 11.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan The final part of Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians trilogy (now being made into a movie) puts readers back in the world of Singaporean high society, where billionaires squabble over inheritance and love lives while squandering their fortunes. The satirical series gleefully skewers the privilege of the rich and unpleasant. Dhs56.50 (paperback), Dhs47 (Kindle). Published: Out now.
Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank If an algorithm were created to find an ultimate, light summer read it would come up with something like this. Every year, two couples meet at the same beach resort and as the friendship continues over 20 summers there is romance, tragedy and heartbreak. Dhs101 (hardback). Published: Out now.
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane Two of Lehane’s previous thrillers (Mystic River and Shutter Island) have been adapted for film by huge Hollywood names, so we expect to see this story of a reclusive journalist teetering on madness, up on the big screen, eventually. Get the book first and enter a dark world of conspiracy, mental breakdown and violence. Dhs42.50 (hardback), Dhs47 (Kindle). Published: Out now.
The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker It’s way too early to dub this historical thriller the new Game of Thrones, but the publisher has high hopes. This is the first of a planned trilogy and tells the story of a warrior’s journey to become the rightful king of his land in Viking-era Norway. Expect longboats full of violence, betrayal and family scheming. Dhs42 (paperback), Dhs42 (Kindle). Published: Aug 1.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins The new thriller from the writer of The Girl on the Train will guarantee two things: it will sell by the, well, trainload and it will polarise the opinion of both critics and fans. The plot follows the aftermath of a series of mysterious deaths beside a dark and disturbing river. Get yourselves ready for plenty of metaphors and plot twists. Dhs47 (hardback), Dhs37 (Kindle). Published: Out now.
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami Loneliness, masculinity and a characteristic wry humour are all there in Murakami’s latest effort. A short story collection inspired by Ernest Hemingway and full of the author’s usual minutely observed thoughts on relationships and human behaviour. Enjoy some tales of vanishing cats, Beatles songs and mysterious women. Dhs56 (hardback), Dhs47 (Kindle). Published: Out now.
New Boy by Tracy Chevalier You may recognise the plot, or at least some of the themes, when you start reading this novel. That’s because even though it’s set in 1970s suburban Washington DC it’s very clearly an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello. Jealousy, racism and playground love are all told with similar great plotting and characterisation to the original. Dhs42.50 (hardback), Dhs37 (Kindle). Published: Out now.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Norse myths have influenced everything from Game of Thrones to Marvel movies and master fantasist Neil Gaiman is now retelling them in his own unique style. Names such as Odin and Thor will be immediately familiar, as will the wit and panache of Gaiman’s writing. A brilliant introduction to classic stories. Consider it a reboot of sorts. Dhs64 (hardback). Published: Out now.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy Twenty years since her last novel, Booker Prize winner Roy is back with another work of literary significance. A love story spanning many years and travelling across India, it’s a tome that will likely confirm what we already know: Roy is a master storyteller and poet who layers narrative with subtlety and florid prose. Dhs44 (hardback), Dhs47 (Kindle). Published: Out now.
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green The sisters in question are the daughter of fictional Hollywood starlet Ronni Sunshine and could not be more different from one another. Called back to help their dying mother with her final wishes, the daughters learn about family, love and relationships in the latest effort from the New York Times bestselling author and TV personality. Dhs56 (hardback), Dhs35.50 (Kindle). Published: Out now.
The Thirst by Jo Nesbo You don’t rack up more than 33 million copy sales without having a very good idea of what exactly it is that readers want. Nesbo, the undisputed king of Scandinavian crime fiction, brings back detective Harry Hole to track down a killer who has evaded him before. It might be the 11th instalment of the series but it flows as wonderfully as the first. Dhs37 (paperback), Dhs42 (Kindle). Published: Out now.