My reading gravitates to mysteries and suspense and this year to the British Isles, particularly Ireland.
The Ruinby Dervla McTiernan. Debut novel that draws you into the dark heart of Ireland.
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear. Debut procedural featuring Cat Kinsella as a young London policewoman whose investigation takes her to her own family secrets back in Ireland.
The Witch Elm by Tana French. The talented French is back with a non-series title about a happy-go-lucky young man whose fortune takes a terrible turn.
The Child by Fiona Barton. The skeleton of a baby found on a building site sends reporter Kate Waters scurrying over London to unravel the mystery of the child.
These novels are all set in the U.S. and while not strictly mysteries, each one has twists and turns and some mysterious goings-on.
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker. Three years earlier the Tanner sisters disappeared. Now one is back, but where is Emma, the other sister?
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl become entangled in the lives of the Richardson Family. Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown. Billy Flanagan disappeared on a hiking trip a year ago and is presumed dead. But now her daughter is having waking dreams that her mother is still alive.
A year is not complete without a couple of scifi/fantasy titles.
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd. In a dangerous future world, where people lose their shadows and their memories, a group of survivors search for answers. Those who loved Station Eleven and The Passage will love this as well.
Record of a SpacebornFew by Becky Chambers. “From the ground we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope.” This is the code of the Exodans, the decendants of those last humans who left Earth and reside in The Fleet, stationary ships in space. Third in the Wayfarer series.
And last, but not least, a picture book for cat lovers.
Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah O’Hara. Two look-alike cats mistakenly switch places in this in this sweet and delightful book for all ages.
“Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’t buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.” MICKEY SPILLANE
My 2015 list this year includes Mystery, Suspense, and Thrillers!
The story of a world-class athlete coming of age in the 1950s and 60s on Florida’s Gold Coast. A prequel to the author’s bestselling Once a Runner.
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
The heart-breaking romance between Wilhelm Grimm and the young woman who told him many of his most famous stories.
The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock
While America becomes swept up in the fervor of the Space Race, test pilot Jim Harrison turns his attention home, passing up the chance to become an astronaut to welcome his daughter, Florence, into the world. But when his family is faced with a sudden and inexplicable tragedy, Harrison’s instincts as a father and a pilot are put to test.
“I am lighthouse rather than lifeboat. I do not rescue, but instead help others to find their own way to shore, guiding them by my example.” – Modern Affirmation
Who doesn’t love a lighthouse? Especially if it’s in Maine. Each year thousands of tourists visit Maine’s lighthouses. Sixty-four lighthouses dot Maine’s rugged coast. The Islandport Guide to Lighthouses in Maine is written by Ted Panayotoff who is a lighthouse historian. It’s a comprehensive and useful guidebook with pages of photographs and vintage postcards of the lighthouses. Maine lighthouses have interesting names such as Burnt Island Light, Owls Head Light, and Whaleback Light. Each lighthouse is profiled with descriptions, contact information, and direction. Plus there is a special section on lighthouses that features overnight accommodations.
Emily Coleman leaves her Manchester home, husband, and family and disappears to London where she takes a new name. She finds a room in a dilapidated rooming house and a job as a receptionist. All the while she’s sick about leaving her husband and thinks back on “what happened.” The trouble is the reader doesn’t know “what happened.”
Tension builds as we try and figure out why Emily would leave a loving husband, child, and her job as an attorney to take up another life in London. This is a twisty psychological thriller that reminded me of a mash up of Girl on a Train and some of Ruth Rendell’s books. A debut novel.