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Top 5 books for holiday reading as chosen by Asia Mackay

Suspense, murder, and gender struggles, Asia Mackay's holiday reads will have you on the edge of your sun lounger

Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben

After a woman witnesses her husband’s murder, she’s shocked when she finds footage of him alive and well on the nanny-cam. I can’t remember the last time I got through a summer holiday without reading a Harlan Coben.

The Power
Naomi Alderman

A potentially deadly electric force is awakened in women, shifting the balance of gender power. A genius take on an alternate world. Sharp, clever and impossible to put down.

Crazy Rich Asians
Kevin Kwan

When Rachel’s boyfriend brings her home to Singapore to meet his family, she discovers they’re more than a little crazy and very, very rich. She faces his disapproving mother and bitchy ex, and has to work out if this is a world she wants to be part of. This book is full of fun, glitz and glamour, and shines a light on Asian family dynamics.

 Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty

The plot follows the build-up to a murder at a school trivia night. Competitive parenting, women’s friendship dynamics, marriage issues – everything in suburban life is covered with keen observation and wit as it leads up to who died, who did it and why.

 All the Wicked Girls
Chris Whitaker

A totally brilliant book, set in Alabama, about a girl searching for her missing sister. Beautiful writing and characters so well drawn they stay with you long after the final page.

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