I love a good book all year round but once the temperature drops curling up on the sofa with a page-turner seems even more appealing. My drawer is currently overflowing with books that are waiting to be devoured and these are the four that I’m planning on making my way through over the next couple of months.
The Spy by Paulo Coelho
“When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.
As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men.
But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage.
Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.”
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
“Six responsible adults, two best friends and one day that changes everything.
This is a story which begins with a barbecue in the suburbs…By the end of it a lifelong friendship will be in tatters, a marriage on the rocks and an innocent bystander dead. In just one evening six lives will change for ever … “
The Good Girl by Fiona Neill
“No one can believe it when straight A student Romy Field finds herself at the centre of a scandal, least of all her mother Ailsa – who is also the head of her new school.
Ailsa is quick to hold Romy’s new boyfriend and his parents responsible for what has happened. But as mother and daughter reveal their very different version of events, a much darker truth emerges. It soon becomes apparent that Romy isn’t the only member of her family harbouring secrets and her disgrace becomes the catalyst for the unravelling of all those around her.
It takes a split second to make a decision that can alter the course of your life.
And a lifetime to undo the consequences.”
Aaru by David Meredith
“Rose is dying. She is sixteen years old.
Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.
Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.”
I can’t wait to curl up with these bad boys and spend the evenings with my bum firmly planted on the sofa. What’s on your to-read list?