6 essential summer reads

With 2018 proving an absolutely stellar one for fiction, there’s no shortage of great books to binge on this month. From dystopian sagas to reimagined folk tales, heart-pounding thrillers to royal wedding-inspired romances, and everything in between, there are plenty of options for your beach bag at Dymocks, Target and Big W this month. Here are just a few of our favourite titles recently released in paperback.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
With the Hollywood adaptation starring Amy Adams due out later this year, now is the time to read A.J. Finn’s bestseller about an agoraphobic psychologist in Harlem who witnesses a crime while spying on her neighbours. If you enjoyed The Girl on the Train – and who didn’t - you’ll love this Hitchcockian story about a woman questioning the reliability of her own mind and looking for connections in a daunting world.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
From the author of Big Little Lies comes this twisty-turny tale about a group of stressed city dwellers seeking transformation at a wellness retreat, and the enigmatic lady who runs it (soon to be played by Nicole Kidman on screen). The book is bursting with tension, as you’d expect from Australia’s queen of the page-turner, but also plenty of humour and insights about the anxiety of modern life.

Enigma Variations by André Aciman
Like Call Me By Your Name, André Aciman’s previous book turned Oscar-winning movie, this novel meditates on the nature of desire as it tracks a male narrator through the big loves of his life. It is more experimental and episodic in structure, however, which arguably makes it easier to read in stolen parcels of time.

Past Tense by Lee Child
The latest Jack Reacher novel sees our favourite taller-than-Tom-Cruise hero fistfighting his way around New England in search of answers about his father’s mysterious past. When his highly personal mission brings him into contact with a couple of tourists in peril we get to experience all the lawless pleasures that the Reacher canon is famous for, and it’s glorious.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper
For her third smash-hit novel Jane Harper brings the Queensland outback to dazzling life in a way that only she can and tells an unputdownable story about brotherly love, secrets and violence under the burning sun. Many are even calling this rural noir masterpiece better than Harper’s astonishing debut, The Dry.

Melmoth by Sarah Perry
A 19th-century gothic classic gets a feminist update in this bewitching story of an average woman on the trail of a mythic figure doomed to wander the Earth forever to bear witness to human cruelty. While it may not sound overly jolly, trust us when we say this is a modern legend in the making with a visionary ending that will stay with you long after the sun has set.

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