Whilst many of us didn’t quite get to spend a week lazing on a sun lounger next to the Mediterranean sea with our face in a book and our hand clamped onto a glass of sangria, it’s still been a big summer for reading. And Amazon UK have just revealed which books were their bestsellers over the past few months, and spoiler: we all bloody love a crime novel.
How many have you read?
1.The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Matt is perhaps best known for his debut book ‘Reasons To Stay Live’ and his active voice in fighting mental health stigma online – his most recent read, ‘The Midnight Library’ is a fiction book about second chances, and all the hope and regret that comes from that.
2. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Queen of the easy-but-gripping-crime read, Lisa Jewell, strikes again with ‘The Family Upstairs’ which was released in 2019. It follows an unsolved crime which combines a townhouse in Chelsea, three dead bodies and a baby left behind and jumps between three character narratives to uncover the truth – there’s a sequel on the way too!
3. Choose Me by Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver
New out this summer, ‘Choose Me’ is a collaborative effort between two brilliant thriller writers, the result is what can only be described as a sexy murder mystery. When a suspected suicide is shrouded in doubt and clues that just don’t quite fit, it’s up to the detectives assigned to the case to uncover the truth. A classic but gripping whodunnit.
4. Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane
Mhairi McFarlane writes excellent chick lit: the type you can get completely and utterly swept up in and gobble up in one reading, and her 2021 novel ‘Last Night’ is no different. The book focuses on a friendship group who have been mates since their teens and are now in their thirties, and the secrets and love ties that keep them entangled.
5. Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
The book itself looks like it was designed especially for you Insta feed (bright oranges on a blue background and a v elegant white font), whilst the story is a London-based tale of friendship, love and happiness. It’s set in the fifties and focuses on a journalist working on an investigation that might just change her life.
6. A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin
Another excellent read for all crime thriller devotees, Ian Rankin’s latest read has racked up quite the impressive list of awards and nominations. In ‘A Song For The Dark Times’ detective John Reubus gets set to work on a very personal case when his daughter’s husband goes missing. But where is he, and did his daughter have anything to do with it?
7. Her Last Breath by Hilary Davidson
Hilary Davidson has written a string of popular crime thrillers and ‘Her Last Breath is her most recent novel – it launched back in July of this year. It tells the story of a murdered woman who predicted her own death and the mystery that surrounds the events.
8. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A beautiful, poignant novel which has topped bestseller lists worldwide this year. It’s set in 1969 and explores a possible murder in a small town in North Carolina – excellent if you love getting wrapped up in an all-consuming kinda storyline that stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
9. That Night by Gillian McAllister
Gillian McAllister is no stranger to bestselling novels, her repertoire of can’t-put-down-thrillers have topped the Sunday Times charts over and over again. Her newest read ‘That Night’ asks the horrifying question, what would you do if your sister called you and told you she’d killed a man? It’s so good in fact, that it’s Richard and Judy’s summer book club pick.
10. The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter
This debut novel by Alice Hunter was released back in May to instant rave reviews. Packed full of never-saw-it-coming twists, this dark thriller keeps you enthralled right to the last page. Did she know her husband was a serial killer or not? You’ll want to read through it as quickly as you can to get to the answers.
Read our round-up of the best books to read this year here.