I read 200 books in the year of 2018, 48 of which I shelved on goodreads as crime/mystery/thriller. I read from a wide range of genres but if I had to pick one favourite it would be thrillers, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a really suspenseful thriller! Last year I was still just getting into romance, after only truly discovering the genre in 2017, so I read quite a few of them meaning that thrillers were put slightly on the back burner for me this past year so I didn’t get to quite as many as i’d have liked. These are my absolute favourite ones I picked up during the year though, some are straight up psychological thrillers, some more crime based and some that are definitely more mysterious. There’s something for everyone here.
One of the first books I read in 2018 was Hydra By Matt Wesolowski, one that I picked up as soon as it was released. I adored Six Stories, it was one of the most refreshing crime books i’d read in a long time, so I knew I was probably going to love the sequel; Hydra. Honestly though Hydra far surpassed my expectations, solidifying this series as some of my favourite crime reads of all time. This book is again told through the podcast ‘Six Stories’ where they’re investigating not the who but the why of a murder. 21 year old Arla bludgeoned her mother, stepfather and sister all to death in an unprovoked attack, now she’s finally ready to admit to why but the only person she’ll talk to is Scott King; the narrator of ‘Six Stories’. These books are in my opinion far and away some of the most original crime novels out there, you don’t have to read Six Stories in order to read this but I would recommend if you haven’t as that one is also an excellent read. The next book in this series, Changeling, is to be released this month and of course I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my pre-order.
‘Kill the Father‘ is the first book in the Colomba Caselli series by Italian author Sandrone Dazieri. Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli is recovering from a bombing, still on official leave, when her superior requests she looks into a kidnapping case. Her superior also suggests she works with Dante Torre on the case. Dante is a man still dealing with crippling anxiety and claustrophobia from his kidnapping and subsequent 11 year incarceration in a silo as a child, but he has a brilliant mind which makes him excellent at solving crimes. Dante and Colomba are both fascinating characters who make an unusual pairing. The pacing is fast and there are a whole range of twists and turns throughout the book which make it incredibly hard to put down. The plot is well-done but it’s the characters that make this such a memorable book. I also read the second book, Kill the Angel, last year which was a thrilling follow-up to this excellent book. I hope there’ll be more to come for these characters soon, I can’t get enough of them!
This is probably the most hyped book on this list, ‘Sadie‘ was definitely a well loved book last year. It’s a book told through two different narratives, the first of which is Sadie’s POV. Sadie is a young woman who has left her home behind in order to go on a desperate quest to find the man who murdered her younger sister, Mattie, and make him pay for taking her world away. The other narrative is a podcast narrated by West McCray as he follows Sadie trying to figure out where she is and exactly what she’s up to. This is such a suspenseful book. It’s also a gut-wrenching, emotionally heavy read but it is so worth it. If you haven’t read this one yet then I would definitely recommend the audiobook which has a whole cast of narrators who do an absolute superb job of bringing this book to life.
Like so many others I absolutely adored Clare Mackinstosh’s first novel ‘I Let You Go’ so I knew I needed to read another of her books. ‘Let Me Lie’ is a book that begins one year after the death of Anna’s mum. Her mum is believed to have committed suicide just months after her husband did. However, Anna has always struggled to believe that that’s what really happened so when she gets a card hinting that there may be more to the story of their deaths she becomes determined to find out the truth once and for all. Clare Mackintosh is firmly in the category of my favourite authors, her writing is absolutely excellent. This is quite a slow burn thriller but it pulled me in right from the beginning. I felt such a strong connection to this book and the characters that are mentioned that I actually felt emotional at points reading about their struggles. I still haven’t read Mackintosh’s second book, ‘I See You’, but I recently brought a copy that i’ll definitely be picking up during this year.
This was my first Tarryn Fisher book, aka the start of my obsession. ‘Bad Mommy‘ (also known as ‘I Can be a Better You’) begins when Fig see’s a woman, she later learns is Jolene Avery, and her daughter at the park. She convinces herself that the woman’s young daughter is the physical embodiment of the soul of Fig’s own daughter that she miscarried years ago. Fig becomes obsessed with Jolene so when she finds out the house next door to her is up for sale she buys it in the hope that this way she can get closer to Jolene and her family, making it easier for her to steal Jolene’s life out from under her. I loved this one because of its originality, it’s so unlike anything i’ve read before. Being inside of Fig’s mind is overwhelming at times, the woman exudes all kind of craziness. The whole novel is thrilling and fast-paced which makes it hard to put down, and that ending.. wow.
This book is one that definitely seems to divide opinions, it took me a while to read it as I was unsure whether I was going to like it or not but i’m so glad I finally did as I definitely fall into the love category. ‘Behind Her Eyes’ is told from two different POV’s, beginning with Louise a newly single mum who is on a rare night out when she meets a man she feels an immediate connection with. However, when she starts her new job on Monday she meets her boss, David. The man from the bar David. A very married man. The other POV is from Adele, a beautiful young woman who exudes a hint of vulnerability which draws people to her. Her and David are childhood sweethearts who have been together for years but maybe their relationship is not all it appears on the surface. I honestly loved every single second of this book, I know it’s not for everyone, but I could not get enough of it!