2017 is drawing to a close so I decided to make a list of the best 10 books I read this year.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris is the debut novel by this author I’ve really came to love this year. It is the story of a married couple, perfect and happy on the outside, completely dysfunctional in the inside. The novel is completely absorbing and compelling, page after page of twists and turns, and it was very difficult to put down. The author’s writing is captivating and the suspense kept me on edge throughout the whole book.
FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager is one of my favorite thrillers of the year. Final Girls is an exclusive club whose members are the only survivors of a massacre, but it seems that now someone is after them. A thrilling and dark plot and complex and well-developed characters create another brilliant debut novel.
PARTY GIRLS DIE IN PEARLS by Plum Sykes is an hilarious and sharp novel set in Oxford whose protagonist, Ursula Flowerbutton, is a young want-to-be journalist who is investigating the murder of one of her fellow students. With colorful characters and ridiculous situations, this book perfectly combines comedy and suspense.
I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh narrates the mystery of women being robbed, assaulted, or killed after their pictures appeared on an ad in a newspaper. It is a very chilling story and I recommend not to read at night (I did and it was a bad idea) and it’s full of surprising twists that will keep you glued to the page.
ARE YOU SLEEPING by Kathleen Barber is the story of a woman whose father’s murder suddenly becomes viral when it becomes the focus of a podcast. I don’t listen to podcasts but I really enjoyed this novel. It is well-written and the plot is very absorbing and I enjoyed reading the comments from the people who listened to the podcast, each with their own opinion, that gave the novel a few funny moments.
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris is the second novel from this author (although it’s her first novel I read). It narrates the story of a woman who thinks she is losing her mind, especially because of the guilt over not helping a woman during a stormy night who, next morning, was found murdered. This is psychological thriller at its best. The novel is brilliant and I didn’t really expect the surprising and twisty ending that only made me love the novel more.
THE DARK LAKE by Sarah Bailey talks about a detective who has to investigate the murder of a former classmate while dealing with her messy love life. In this novel, I don’t know if I was more captivated by the mystery surrounding the victim and her murder or by the detective’s personal story. A dark novel with complex and flawed characters that kept me glued to the page.
BONFIRE by Krysten Ritter is the story of a lawyer who has to go back to the place she promised herself she would never go back, her hometown, where she has to face a past that she had never really left behind. I have to admit that the reason I first read this book is because I like this actress and I wanted to see if she was also a good writer and I wasn’t disappointed. A completely captivating thriller.
I didn’t spend all year reading psychological thrillers, although it may seem like it, but I read other genres and my last two books on the list are women’s fiction books.
THE LAST PIECE OF MY HEART by Paige Toon is the story of an author who is hired to complete a novel of a deceased author and she has to spend a few weeks in Cornwall in company of the widower to do some research. The characters are realistic and likable and the story is romantic and gripping. This is my first novel by Paige Toon and she quickly became one of my favorite author. Now I need to read all her other books.
THE LIGHT WE LOST by Jill Santopolo is the emotional and romantic love story between Lucy and Gabe who met and fell in love at Columbia University, but circumstances separates and puts them together throughout the years. Before starting reading this book, stuck up on tissues because you will really need them.