What a difficult decision to make! To make it a little easier I decided to make up a few rules: I didn’t include any police detective series because there were so many really good ones this year. I really liked Ragdoll, Little Girl Lost, The Trophy Taker, Little Bones, Last Breath, and even plenty more.. but if I really have to choose (yep I’m subtly slipping in another top read) than my favorite one is definitely Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson. A novel set in two different countries and a hidden link to WWII, that takes serious skill and she pulled this off brilliantly.
I also decided not to include more than one novel from the same author and to only list first novels of a series or standalones so everyone can pick up any novel from the list without having to read the previous ones. I started out with 16 top novels and I had to make some tough decisions but I finally ended with a list of 10 novels that I think are pretty amazing reads and all have gotten top ratings from me throughout the year:
- The One by John Marrs
- Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
- Final Girls by Riley Sager
- This Love by Dani Atkins
- One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
- The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Baker
- Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas
- Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
What struck me though is that out of these 10 novels there are no less than 8 that I read as a paperback. I’m not sure what that means and if that makes me enjoy a book more after all…
So any thoughts about my list? Are any of the titles I listed in your top 10 as well?