Thrilling Summer Reads

Published on 15 January 2018

Summer is the perfect time to check out from social media, get away from the screen and pick up a great book. But where to start?

We pulled together a summer reading list featuring heart pumping crime thrillers, heart wrenching true stories and a self-help book that pulls no punches. Happy reading!

The Dry

Jane Harper

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Award for best unpublished manuscript in 2015, and now destined for the Hollywood treatment after being optioned by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, Jane Harper’s crime debut is an instant classic.

The farming community of Kiewarra is left reeling by the apparent murder-suicide of Luke Hadler and his young family. When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to the town for his childhood friend’s funeral, the facts of the case are called into question – secrets begin to surface and old wounds are reopened. Who really killed the Hadler family?

Manhattan Beach

Jennifer Egan

The fifth novel from Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan (A Visit From the Goon Squad) is topping best seller lists all over the world. A noir-esque historical crime novel, Manhattan Beach begins in 1934 and explores the dark underbelly of the city.

Eleven year old Anna Kerrigan visits the NYC shoreline home of her father’s crime-boss employer, Dexter Styles. Years later she is working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the sole bread winner for her household – her father disappeared. After a chance night club encounter with Styles, Anna begins to understand the complex life of her father and the reasons why he may have been murdered. 



Jelena Dokic

A moving biography from the tennis prodigy who fell from grace after reaching the top. Jelena Dokic is born unbreakable. This is her story of survival – as a refugee, a tennis star and the daughter of Damir Dokic, the tennis dad from hell.


Working Class Man

Jimmy Barnes

The second part of the Aussie rock icon’s memoirs is a revealing and moving insight into the fame, the infamy and the fall that might have been had Jimmy Barnes not changed direction. It’s full of grit, humour, heartbreaking honesty and of course – pure rock and roll. 


The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

Mark Manson

A NY Times bestseller with over 2 million copies sold, Mark Manson’s not-so-subtle self-help guide is beloved by pessimists the world over. The message? Life is sometimes a bit s**t but we have to learn to live with it. In equal parts honest, refreshing and funny, it’s the antidote to the positivity obsessed self-help industry and a guide to getting on with it.

Find all these great reads and more at Dymocks and Robinsons Bookshop.