Our top five pool reads out now

Looking for a great new book to read on holiday this summer? Here’s our pick of the best fiction to lose yourself in by the pool

top summer books to read
Our top five pool reads to lose yourself in this summer

Nothing beats a good book on holiday, but what are the top summer books to read? Whether you like a thriller, romance or a crime novel, we’ve handpicked our top five new releases out now to make the choice a little easier. 

So, grab your favourite page turner and enjoy these amazing stories all summer long. 

1. The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson

top summer books to read
The Brighton Mermaid £7.99 Arrow

Brighton Beach, 1993. Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears. Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was – and what happened to her best friend that summer. But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust…

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2. The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan

top summer books to read
The Nanny £12.99 Century

Why is she back? And what does she want? Jocelyn was seven years old when her beloved nanny disappeared overnight. Her parents never told her why. Devastated by the loss and the disruption of her safe family enclave, Jocelyn never quite got over it. Thirty years later, Jocelyn returns to her crumbling, shadowy family home. Widowed and vulnerable, she has a young daughter of her own. Then her long-gone nanny appears on the doorstep. And Jocelyn soon realises that she doesn’t know who this woman really is – or, now that she’s back, what she wants. Or what really happened on that fateful night all those years ago…

3. The Passengers by John Marrs

top summer books to read
The Passengers £7.99 Ebury

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide. When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

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4. Half a World Away by Mike Gayle

top summer books to read
Half a World Away £12.99 Hodder & Stoughton

Kerry Hayes knows exactly who she is: a single mum, a cleaner and Mariah Carey’s biggest fan. Noah Martineau thinks he knows who he is: a successful barrister, with a wife, daughter and big house in Primrose Hill. Strangers with nothing in common. Strangers living worlds apart. But it wasn’t always this way. . . and Noah and Kerry are about to discover just who they really are. Mike Gayle became a full-time novelist in 1997 following the publication of his Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller My Legendary Girlfriend. His most recent novel, The Man I Think I Know was a Zoe Ball Book Club pick and an ebook bestseller.

5. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

top summer books to read
Evvie Drake Starts Over £16.99 Hodder & Stoughton

When you get a second chance, will you be brave enough to take it? Evvie and Dean are both thirty-three, and both washed up. Evvie’s a widow, rattling around her big house without a clue what happens next. And after the humiliating end to his glittering baseball career, Dean’s looking for a place to hide out. When fate brings them together, it seems as though they have a second shot at happiness – but will they be brave enough to take it? This is the first novel for former attorney Linda Holmes, who also worked as a television writer and editor.

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