6 New Fiction Books To Add To Your Summer Reading List - The Gloss Magazine

6 New Fiction Books To Add To Your Summer Reading List

If like us you do your best reading while on holiday, here are six new fiction books you might want to pack …

UNFOLLOW ME (Poolbeg Crimson, €15.99) is Judith Cuffe’s print breakthrough, having previously published via Amazon. Eve Kelly would seem to have it all – a big country house, happy family, a million followers and her own studio where she can perfectly curate her look. But not everyone is buying into #BeliEve and secrets from her past threaten to bring the house down.

THE MUSEUM OF ORDINARY PEOPLE In Mike Gayle’s The Museum of Ordinary People (Hodder & Stoughton, €19.90) Jess has to find a home for a treasured set of encyclopaedias from her late mother’s house since they won’t fit in the apartment she shares with boyfriend Guy. Discovering a warehouse that takes in forgotten family treasures, she persuades owner Alex to turn it into a museum. Things get complicated when she falls for his enigmatic charms but all the cards fly up in the air when she discovers that her mother had a shameful secret life.

THE QUEEN OF DIRT ISLAND Donal Ryan’s The Queen of Dirt Island (mid-August, Doubleday, €16.60), is a short but powerful novel set in rural Tipperary between the 1980s and the present day. Don’t expect gentle nostalgia in the story of the husbandless Aylward women who can stand up for themselves against their useless, sometimes nasty relatives. The rock-solid relationship between Eileen and her mother-in-law, Mary, is at the heart of the story but fans will also meet characters from Ryan’s previous novel Strange Flowers.

COMMON DECENCY Susannah Dickey’s Common Decency (Penguin €16.99) is a delicious dark comedy with echoes of Elinor Oliphant. Lonely, bereaved Lily lives downstairs from glamorous teacher Siobhan who has a secret married lover. She barely notices Lily which is a big mistake because Lily needs watching, especially when she acquires a key to Siobhan’s flat.

YOURS, MINE, OURS Sinéad Moriarty keeps her finger firmly on the pulse of Irish life and her sixteenth novel Yours, Mine, Ours (Sandycove, €15.20) is all about blended family living. Anna has finally found happiness again after a long, bad marriage, but when she meets a seemingly perfect man in James, there are just four catches – two children apiece who couldn’t be less alike. Cue epic rows and bickering as their new family unit tries to find stability.

RUN TIME Out in mid-August, Catherine Ryan Howard’s latest thriller Run Time (Corvus, €16.60), will have you glued to the sunbed. Actor Adele Rafferty is failing to make it in LA when she’s offered lead role in a horror/ thriller being filmed in West Cork. But something is offkilter on set and, when she wakes up to find the entire crew gone, Adele starts running for her life. The action moves back and forth between real time and the movie script itself which has young writers Kate and Joel weekending in a remote house in the trees, has a gory ending. Howard skilfully draws the threads together, adding a dash of West Cork menace in a story that insists on being read at one sitting.


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