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Staff Picks - Best Reads from Summer 2023


We hope you’ve found some time to relax with a good book this summer, whether you were lounging on the beach or enjoying a staycation.

There’s nothing like getting lost in a great story so if you’re looking for some inspiration for your next read, the team at Noah have got you covered.

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite summer reads of 2023 that we think you’ll love from dark fantasy to crime novels - we’ve got something for everyone.

So, grab a cuppa (or a glass of wine), find a comfy spot, light a candle and let’s dive into some amazing books!

The Seven Sisters, Lucinda Riley

"I couldn't put this book down.  It's not the type of novel I would normally go for but it has been my best read for a long time and I can't wait to read the next in the series", Nicola.

A real page turner of a story about love and loss.  Having been summoned to their childhood home to be told that their beloved adoptive father has died, Maia and her five sisters are ‘gifted’ a clue to their true heritage – a clue which takes Maia on a journey to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil . . .

There she unearths the secrets of some of Rio’s most prosperous families dating back eighty years which helps her make sense of her beginnings and how she found herself adopted by Pa Salt.

All The Murmuring Bones, A G Slatter

"A brilliant read for a hot day as the dreary weather and darkness in the pages almost convinced me I wasn't sweltering.  Would definitely recommend to any dark fantasy fans", Emily.

A quintessential gothic fantasy with crumbling mansions, dark mysteries and a daring heroine.

Dark Materials, Philip Pullman 

"A pretty dark book but philosophical.  Philip Pullman is a fabulous writer", Catherine.

The first in Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy, Northern Lights is about two teenagers who meet up in a parallel universe fighting demons, religion, villains and adults.

You Let Him In, J A Andrews

"Lots of secrets, suspense and mystery - that's what I loved about it", Liz. 

After losing her husband in a hit and run, a young woman begins unravelling secrets about him and builds a friendship with a witness.

Verity, Colleen Hoover


"I really enjoyed it as it has loads of twists and turns.  It keeps you on your toes and you don't know who to believe or what is the truth.  Without spoiling it, it finishes on an open ending that changes everything and has you thinking about the characters for a while!", Lucy

Author Lowen has been called on to help complete Verity's book series due to her illness.  She discovers her autobiography that shows the secrets behind the real Verity and her relationship with her husband.

The One That Got Away, JD Kirk

"Lots of twists and turns to keep you hooked but I also loved the fact that I recognised a lot of the places mentioned which brought it to life", Rosemary

The first book in a brand new Scottish crime fiction series.  When a fifteen-year-old girl fails to make it home after school, DI Heather Filson believes she’s dealing with just another teenage runaway.

The girl’s grandfather disagrees but as the days pass and the evidence mounts, Heather starts to fear that they’re both wrong, and that a brutal killer from the past has returned.

Glasgow Kiss, Sophie Gravia

"Sophie Gravia's books are hilarious and she's a Glasgow girl.  I would definately recommend!", Kim

Cheered on by her best friends, twenty something Zara embarks on a string of dating escapades that are as hilarious as they are disastrous. Nothing is off limits.

But when Dr Tom Adams, aka Sugar Daddy, shows interest, it's a game-changing moment.....

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