This is so very difficult. I’ve read so many fabulous books over the last 12 months that to pick just 10 out of the 104 that I’ve read was almost impossible. There were so many more that I could have included (and some of these are mentioned below in my highly recommended list).
So, in no particular order, these are all 5* reads for me this year that had something special – (the title will link to my review):
The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman
The book that made me cry!
I love Rowan’s writing and this story about the effects of early onset Alzheimers on both the sufferer and their family was sad but also uplifting and, where appropriate, humorous too. This was definitely a WOW book.
The Broken by Tamar Cohen
I’ve loved every book that I’ve so far read from Tammy Cohen. This was a fabulous psychological thriller concerning the disintegration of relationships and friendships.
Keep Your Friends Close – Paula Daly
I could have chosen either one of Paula Daly’s psychological thrillers as both are excellent, her debut being Just What Kind of Mother Are You? I finally chose this one for the wonderfully evil, manipulative, deceitful main character that really gets under your skin.
Who Are You – Elizabeth Forbes
This was a fabulous twisty psychological thriller concerning the effect of PTSD on a couple’s relationship. Two troubled people who should never have got together in the first place.
The Teashop on the Corner – Milly Johnson
I just adore Milly’s books and this, I think, was her best so far. The idea of a teashop being a hub for friendship and support was a superb one. I just wish I had a Leni teashop near me! I’m very proud to be a part of #TeamMilly
Unravelling Oliver – Liz Nugent
This was a debut novel and such a brilliant one. The story of Oliver, a deeply disturbed man, as seen by both acquaintances and friends. Why did he put his wife in a coma? I do so hope there is another book from Liz.
Before the Fall – Juliet West
Based on a true story, this is a beautifully written and powerful story of a love affair against the backdrop of the Great War. This was the author’s debut novel and a stunner.
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
This is a debut thriller, to be published in January 2015 and although I’m slightly cheating here because it hasn’t yet been released, it is such a fantastic book that I couldn’t possibly leave it out. Those who have yet to read it are definitely in a for a treat.
Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
The author of ‘The Husband’s Secret’ has done it again. Another fabulous read by this Australian author. The reader is gradually led, over a period of 6 months, to a fatal event at school quiz night. Brilliant characterisation and I was desperate all the way through to know who, what and why!
Ghostwritten – Isabel Wolff
A very moving and poignant account of life in a Japanese internment camp during the Second World War. This was another book that moved me to tears by the brutality shown to innocent people and their sheer will to survive.
and finally, a few of the reads that only JUST missed out (otherwise my list would have been a top 50!) but were nonetheless really great reads and highly recommended……