Escapist books are exactly what you need sometimes: they provide a psychological escape from thoughts of your everyday life by immersing you in exotic situations and reading them is a perfect way to take your mind off worries. We’ve rounded up our favourite escapist reads, so say goodbye to your everyday life, at least for a bit…
1. The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper
Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with her? When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…
2. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
In her new novel Kate Morton takes you to rural Berkshire in 1862, where over one summer talented artist Edwards Ratcliffe’s life is torn apart. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing an artist’s drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. Why does it feel so familiar to Elodie?
3. Almost Adults by Ali Pantony
Mackie, Edele, Alex and Nat are navigating their chaotic and confusing twenties together. They have jobs and pay their own rent (well, most of them) but don’t know how to bleed radiators, defrost a freezer or test the smoke alarms. With break-ups to deal with and major decisions to make, life can get messy especially when they’re still trying to get the hang of this ‘being a grown-up’ thing.
4. The Passengers by John Marrs
It’s Black Mirror meets Speed when someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, setting their passengers on a fatal collision course. Those trapped include a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero and an abused wife fleeing her husband. Now the public have to judge who should survive… but are the passengers all that they first seem?
5. Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
In a tranquil, leafy suburb of ordinary streets – one where everyone is polite and friendly – an anonymous note has been left at some of the houses: ‘I’m so sorry. My son has been getting into people’s houses. He’s broken into yours.’ Who is this boy, and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts…