YOU editor Linda’s top reads

By Kirstin Buick
03 September 2013

If you’re stuck for what to read in honour of this year’s National Book Week ? 2 to 7 September ? YOU editor Linda Pietersen has some suggestions for you.

YOU editor Linda Pietersen is a total bookworm ? while she spends most of her time devouring magazines, newspapers and online media, she considers reading novels “proper downtime”.

“Because it’s my downtime, I like to read unbelievably light and frothy books,” she says with a laugh. Despite this, Linda’s top books are not as light and frothy as you might think . . .

1.     Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This bestselling thriller tells the story of unhappily married couple Nick and Amy Dunne. Amy goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, and Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. “I loved it – it kept me guessing the whole way through,” says Linda.

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 2.     The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

This crime fiction novel is one of this year’s most talked-about books – thanks to its famous author. The Cuckoo’s Calling was actually written by none other than JK Rowling – writer of the Harry Potter series. “I never would have read it if I hadn’t known she wrote it,” Linda admits. But she’s glad she did! The book follows down-on-his-luck private eye Cormoran Strike, who’s tasked with investigating the mysterious death of a troubled supermodel, which the London police ruled a suicide.

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3.     The Last Dance and Other Stories by Victoria Hislop

“I’ve read all her books,” says Linda of Victoria Hislop. But most recently, she’s been glued to The Last Dance and Other Stories, a collection of 10 short stories about love, loyalty and family based in Hislop’s favourite setting – beautiful Greece.

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4.     Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore

Secrets of the Lighthouse tells the story of two very different women. There’s Elle, who ‘s on the cusp of a loveless marriage, with a dull job and a interfering mother – and she can’t take it any more. She escapes to her aunt’s home in rural Ireland. Then there’s Caitlin, stuck in limbo between this life and the next after a suspicious death. What do they have in common? An old lighthouse.

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5.     Deep Blue Sea by Tasmina Perry

Perry, another of Linda’s staple authors, weaves the tragic tale of Diana and Julian, the seemingly perfect married couple. But when Julian dies suddenly, Diana wants answers, sending her to the one person she never wanted to see again – Julian’s sister.

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6.     The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

“This is the kind of book that makes us all wish we had strangers leave us a fabulous inheritance that would change our lives!” Linda says. This is what happens to the book’s protagonist, Grace, who’s unhappy with her posh London life. But then she inherits an apartment in Paris from the mysterious Eva d’Orsay and her life is turned upside down. You can see Linda’s full review of this book in YOU, 4 July 2013.

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-Kirstin Buick

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