"Chappy", by Patricia Grace - Uprooted from his privileged European life and sent to New Zealand to sort himself out, twenty-one-year-old Daniel pieces together the history of his Maori family.
"The Marsh King's Daughter" by Karen Dionne - "I was born two years into my mother's captivity. She was three weeks shy of seventeen. If I had known then what I do now, things would have been very different. I wouldn't have adored my father." No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena's past. But when her father escapes from maximum security prison, Helena suspects she's in danger. She also knows that no one can survive the wilderness better than her father - except his…
"The last place you look", by Kristen Lepionka - Roxane Weary is a PI whose life has taken a bit of a downward turn since her larger-than-life cop father died in the line of duty. Then she receives a seemingly impossible case: Sarah Cook, missing ever since the night of her parents’ murders, has allegedly been spotted locally. Sarah’s boyfriend Brad is on death row for the murders, but Brad’s sister hires Roxane to find Sarah in a last-ditch attempt to save her brother’s life.
"Tell tale", by Jeffrey Archer - Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out Who Killed the Mayor? and the pretentious schoolboy in A Road to Damascus, whose discovery of the origins of his father's wealth changes his life in the most profound way.
"See you in September", by Charity Norman - when Cassy waved goodbye to her parents, they never dreamed that it would be years before they'd see her again. Having broken up with her boyfriend, Cassy accepts an invitation to stay in an idyllic farming collective. Overcome by the peace and beauty of the valley and swept up in the charisma of Justin, the community's leader, Cassy becomes convinced that she has to stay.
"I let you go", by Clare Mackintosh - A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.
I Found You by Lisa Jewell Love Jewell's books as they herald the start of the summer holidays. She never disappoints. My rating -
"Shelter", by Jung Yun - Kyung Cho is the child of Korean parents, married to the daughter of an Irish-American cop. His parents live in the town's most exclusive neighbourhood. When an act of violence leaves his parents unable to live on their own, Kyung takes his parents in. Tensions quickly mount.
"My name is Lucy Barton : a novel", by Elizabeth Strout - Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from an operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters.