Top 10 great holiday reads

You've made it! You're finally going on holiday. No more work for a week or two, nothing to think about and no stresses or strains.

With all that time on your hands, it's the perfect opportunity to catch up on some reading.

So lie back on your sun lounger, soak up the sunshine and indulge in some great page-turners that we've picked out for you...

1. Follow You Home by Mark Edwards


A dark and brooding novel by Wolverhampton author Mark Edwards, this psychological thriller will make you think twice when you plan your next holiday abroad. 

With plenty of mystery and intrigue it tells the story of a couple who embark on a trip of a lifetime before they settle down. But their travels take a dark and sinister turn when they are forced to return home. 

They make a pact to never discuss what happened but as they try to forget the horror and get back to normal it is apparent that their nightmare is only just beginning. 

This one will have you looking over your shoulder while you're enjoying your break.

2. The Beach by Alex Garland


The classic 1990s backpacking tale of a group of young Westerners travelling in Southeast Asia. 

A mysterious map leads the intrepid explorers to an idyllic island and lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle. 

A select few get to join the community but when Richard finds the island he discovers all is not what it seems. Might put you off desert islands but is a gritty tale about the dark side of travelling.

3. The State We're In by Adele Parks


A captivating love story set in both London and Chicago. 

A chance meeting on a plane leads to a emotionally charged and life-changing journey which uncovers deeply buried secrets for one man and woman. 

A powerful love story which sees painful pasts catch up with and stand in the way of future happiness. Wear your sunglasses and have the tissues at the ready as this one is real weepy.

4. Stranded by Emily Barr


When single mum Esther decides to go travelling alone she is hoping for the adventure of a lifetime. 

A day trip to a desert island with six fellow travellers doesn't end well. Their guide fails to return and collect them. With no way of getting back to the mainland the group is forced into a battle of survival. 

Days pass, tensions erupt, and secrets emerge. Will she leave the island alive? You'll be desperate to find out what happens in this and won't be able to put it down.

5. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


Heart-wrenching tale of friendship and overcoming hard times. 

Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between her and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. But when the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. 

But the situation shows that love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism. A story that is full of hope and will put you on a rollercoaster of emotions.

6. Wish You Were Here by Victoria Connelly


If you fancy a bit of a holiday romance then indulge in some proper chick-lit. It's all about the sun, sea and secrets in Wish You Were Here. 

A week on the sunny Greek island of Kethos is just what Alice needs to mend her broken heart, even if she has to put up with her difficult sister. But when Alice meets Milo, a handsome gardener, she suddenly feels noticed. But is it just the magic of the clear blue skies and sparkling ocean or will the irresistible pull between her and Milo survive the distance when she returns home? 

A beautiful tale that's easy to read and will leave you feeling warm and dreamy.

7. Evil Games by Angela Marsons


Black Country author Angela Marsons is fast becoming one to watch in the world of crime thrillers. 

Evil Games takes the reader on a twisted and thrilling journey with a very unexpected plot. When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in. 

But more vengeful killings are happening and it becomes clear that someone extremely dangerous is involved. The wicked mind games will reel you in and won't let you go.

8. A Pleasure and A Calling by Phil Hogan


An eerie obsession takes stalking to a whole new level in this creepy thriller. Estate agent Mr Heming is good at selling houses, he's sold hundreds. 

You find your dream home the sale goes through and he hands over the keys. . . or does he? The thing is Mr Heming is passionate about the community he lives in and likes to keep an eye on things so keeping a set of keys to all the properties he sells is is way of looking after things. 

This one will have you checking your loft, you never know who's watching you.

9. The List of my Desires by Gregoire Delacourt


This heart-warming story will leave you wondering about life. Set in a a small provincial French town, Jocelyne is 47. She lives in runs her own dressmaking shop, has been married to the same man for what seems like an eternity, has had two children and lives a very ordinary existence. Then comes the chance to change her life completely – but should she?

Jocelyne begins to look at her life and its small pleasures and realises that maybe ordinary isn't so bad. But the decision is taken out of her hands...

The short, sharp sentences make this easy to read and the story will leave you thinking about our pursuit of happiness and how some things are best left alone.

10. Grey by E.L. James


An obvious choice for fans of the 50 Shades trilogy. Now you get the chance to read the the story in Christian's own words. 

Christian Grey is something of a control freak but when self-conscious and shy Anastasia Steele walks into his office he is swept up by her irresistible and intriguing naivety. She is unlike any woman he has known before and he is challenged by her personality. 

Will Ana help Christian fight the demons of his troubled past? One to read if you want to see it from the man's point of view.

By Lisa Williams 

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