3 Orenda Holiday Reads

Recently I was lucky enough to holiday in Sicily and take time out from this mostly disappointing London summer. I still haven’t been reading as many books as I used to but wanted to take some quality holiday reading with me. I knew I could trust Karen at Orenda Books for gripping reads – I’ve never had a dud read from Orenda and these three titles didn’t disappoint either.

So, what did I read?

A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone –  Widowed with a young child, Andy is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna … but she is not all that she seems…
I usually avoid domestic psychological thrillers but this is sympathetically written without being overblown. I don’t want to give any of the plot away but it is worth pointing out that this is far superior to other novels that touch on similar themes. A sad story but not sensational in its misery. It really drew me in.

The Mine by Antti Tuomainen – Investigative reporter Janne Vuori sets out to uncover the truth about a mining company, whose illegal activities have created an environmental disaster in a small town in Northern Finland. 
I don’t know what it is about the way Tuomainen writes his descriptions of locations but I often find myself intrigued and looking them up online! I have read all three of Tuomainen’s books that have been translated into English and I think this may be the best… although I am tempted to go back and re-read Dark as My Heart, just to make sure! I could really feel the pain of Janne’s personal life unravelling and as for the mystery of the mining company – if only the book was twice long with double the intrigue!

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell – Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home and a clutch of bestselling books to her name. Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer.When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops…
This is definitely the page turner of the three books! I could not put this book down. It reminded me a little of Harriet Lane’s novels but with an injection of high intensity thriller. Who do you believe? What happened next? Wow.