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Coco Bay Book Club: Summer 2018

Find The Perfect Holiday Read!

Every holiday needs a great book to keep it in your beach bag. Having the time to read is always such a treat during those long, glorious, lazy hours in the sunshine. Whether you are into crime, drama, romance or something factual, our top picks are here to help you find the perfect read for Summer.

We’d love to hear from you. Have you read one of these books? Leave a comment and let us know what you thought. Or if you have read a book this Summer which you think we should add to the list, email us press@cocobay.co.uk with your review, any reviews we use will receive their choice of Havaianas flip flops. 

Happy reading! 

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Quick Plot Summary:

Eleanor Oliphant’s entire life is carefully ordered – from working all week, to solitary weekends where she eats exactly the same frozen pizza and drinks two bottles of vodka. She’s fine. But what happens when fine is not enough? 

Why you should take this book to the beach:

Hilarious and heartbreaking, this much talked about novel is definitely worth a read. Thought- provoking, weird yet engaging, Eleanor is not your usual heroine. This is a story about loneliness, tragedy, hope and love. Soon to be made into a film produced by Reese Witherspoon, read this now and find out what all the hype is about! 

Book Review: The Break by Marian Keyes

The Break by Marian Keyes
The Break by Marian Keyes

Quick Plot Summary:

 The Break is Marian Keyes latest book, and in my opinion, her best book yet.  The Break is about a married couple, Amy and Hugh.  Hugh decides that he wants to take a six month break from their marriage and family to go travelling around South East Asia.  The book focusses on Amy and how she deals and copes with Hugh’s decision and his time away, and the realisation that it appears she could be on a six month break from her marriage too…

Why you should take this book to the beach:

 This book is a real page turner, you’ll be hooked from the start.. I could not put it down and it’s the perfect book to devour whilst relaxing on your Summer holiday!  Marian Keyes style is easy to read, her characters have depth and this is a plot which is interesting from start to finish.  This book manages to be both funny and romantic, whilst dealing with the challenges of a modern day marriage.

Book Review: Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi

Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi
Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi

Quick Plot Summary:

Murder in paradise? Or is it…? On a tropical island, Martial and Liane are a happy couple on holiday with their daughter. But then Liane disappears leaving an empty hotel room and a pool of blood. Martial goes on the run with his daughter and an island-wide manhunt is launched. All the evidence points towards him, but did he really do it? And if he didn’t, why does he appear so guilty? 

Why you should take this book to the beach:

From one of France’s top crime writers, this is full of twists and turns and a really easy read. Clear skies, sparkling water, sun and palm trees. Oh, and murder. This book really divided my Book Club in terms of the writing and characters, but everyone agreed we all needed to find out the truth. Prepare to be transported to a remote island in the Indian Ocean, grab a rum cocktail and sit back for a fast moving read.

Book Review: Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners by Therese Oneill

The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners by Therese Oneill
The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners by Therese Oneill

Quick Plot Summary:

A sharp and witty guide to everything a 19th century lady needs to know about womanhood, including such gems as “Getting dressed: How to Properly Hide Your Shame” and “The Treacherous Art of Bathing”. Possibly the most fun you’ll have whilst learning about history! 

Why you should take this book to the beach:

Utterly fascinating but also completely disturbing, this transports you back to the world of the Victorian women – but the bits that the novels and period dramas just don’t cover! A snapshot of the situation of women at the time (some of which persists today) this manages to be funny as well as informative. It’s not a comprehensive social history, and non-US readers might not get all of the references, but this will definitely make you glad you’re reading it on holiday now, rather than then!

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Quick Plot Summary:

This is Going Hurt are the award-winning, secret diaries of a Junior Doctor.  The diaries were written by Adam Kay after long shifts and sleepless nights and provide his no holes barred account of his time working for the NHS.

Why you should take this book to the beach:

This book is not your obvious beach read.  However, whilst dealing with serious topics, Adam writes in a way that is hilariously funny, revealing and brutally honest.  The book gives an understanding into the pressures that Junior Doctors face under our NHS, which is thought provoking and important.  I read this book in record time, mainly because it was so interesting I literally could not put it down!  One thing I would say though, is that Adam specialises into obs and gynae, and if I had been pregnant at the time of reading, I’m not sure that it would have been the best beach read for me!

Book Review: The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase

The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase
The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase

Quick Plot Summary:

1959: a summer heat wave, a country manor, four sisters, hidden secrets and a shocking mystery. Fifty years later, the repercussions of the past are still very much in the present. 

Why you should take this book to the beach:

It’s all in the atmosphere as the two interweaving stories take you on a journey of suspense and suspicion. Evocative of time and place, this is beautifully written with a haunting plot and compelling characters. Get ready to immerse yourself in it’s gothic vibe.

Book Review: I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell

Quick Plot Summary:

An award winning and utterly gorgeous memoir with a difference. This is the story of the author’s life through a series of near misses. Each chapter is named after the parts of the body in danger and we meet the author in various stages of her life, from daughter to student to mother. 

Why you should take this book to the beach:

Near death experiences might seem a bit of an odd choice for a beach read, but this is beautifully written – and definitely more about the importance of life than death itself. Events include childhood illness, an encounter with a machete wielding maniac, a terrifying labour and a teenage stunt that very nearly went horribly wrong. The short story format means you can dip in and out of the book – but you won’t want to as this will have you gripped from the start. Full of love, drama and hope, this book stayed with me for a long time.

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