A Necessary Evil is your next truly gripping read

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Susan Devaney
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Join us (and The Zoe Ball Book Club) as we tackle the 10 best books of summer 2018…

Are you on the lookout for a mysterious page-turner? Well, look no further, as Stylist has teamed up with The Zoe Ball Book Club (part of the Sunday edition of her weekend show Zoe Ball on Saturday and Zoe Ball on Sunday) in a bid to track down the best books of summer 2018.

Speaking about the project, Ball says: “I adore reading so I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a book club back to TV. I’m so excited to read all the brilliant titles on our list, and can’t wait to chat about each and every one of them with my wonderful guests and hear what viewers across the country think too – we’ll have a wide range of books that should hopefully encourage everyone to try something new! Thanks to our esteemed panel we can be sure they are splendid reads.”

The reading picks, chosen by Amanda Ross, the guru behind the original Richard & Judy Book Club, and a team of crack book-experts, are seriously diverse – and the next one on the list is a truly gripping read.

Written by Abir Mukherjee, A Necessary Evil is a mysterious work of fiction that’ll keep you wanting to know more. 

Here’s what Stylist’s resident bookworm, Francesca Brown, had to say about it:

“I loved this book so much. Like the genius Berlin war-era books of Philip Kerr or John Le Carre’s Smiley books, there are no easy solutions in Mukherjee’s labyrinthe world of power, money, greed and self-service.

“The second book in a series, it’s set in the dying breath of Britain’s colonial rule of India. Mukherjee conjures up the perfect culture clash as Captain Sam Wyndham attempts to navigate a country that is held in a vice of extreme wealth and terrible poverty. It’s also an addictive thriller as one of the main characters – the son of a Maharaja – is bumped off almost instantly revealing a complex web of deceitful family, shifty associates and political jockeying.

“Adding joy to the plot is Wyndham himself – a close cousin of Sherlock Holmes (with opium habit to match) and Raymond Chandler’s gumshoe Philip Marlowe – while his stoic sidekick, Sergeant ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee, adds the insider understanding into Indian society while sardonically counteracting his boss’s more heightened emotion.

“Moving through a world of deception and dishonour, no one can be trusted and everyone is out for their own ends. If you’re in need of an intelligent set of thrillers then Mukherjee’s beautiful and addictive books are the perfect solution.”

The Zoe Ball Book Club, in association with Specsavers, from 17 June on Zoe Ball on Sunday for 10 weeks.

Zoe Ball on Saturday and Zoe Ball on Sunday (ZBoS) is on ITV at 8.30am every weekend, or catch-up on ITV Player.

Images: Courtesy of publisher / Instagram