My Top Ten Reads in 2010
Basically, I prefer to read thriller-suspense and crime fiction, and this list is weighted that way, but I’ve also thrown in a couple titles in other genres, too, because, Hey, I’m a librarian and will read almost anything—what can I say? So, in no particular order, here are my top ten choices for 2010:
The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch—After Nick Quinn’s wife is murdered, he is approached by a strange man who offers him the ability to re-live the last 12 hours and prevent his wife’s murder. But Nick quickly learns that when you attempt to change the past, you also must deal with unintended consequences. I loved this book because of its original concept—it starts with chapter 12 and works backward to the first chapter.
The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd –When a radical terrorist group successfully gets away with millions in ransom money, Steve Vail, former FBI agent and current bricklayer, is asked to track them down because he doesn’t have to follow bureaucratic rules. The fast-pacing and Vail’s hero factor take this thriller to the next level.
Faithful Place by Tana French—Dublin detective Frank Mackey returns to his childhood home after being away for twenty years when his first love’s suitcase is found in abandoned home. On the night of their elopement so many years ago, Rosie never showed up and Frank thought he had been dumped. Now he must investigate her death as well as deal with former friends and family. Although this is the third book with Frank as a character, it can be read alone. The complex family relationships and haunting story will stick with you for a long time.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett—This is the story of three black maids and their relationships with their families, the families they serve, and each other is set in 1960’s Alabama during the onset of the Civil Rights Movement. I actually listened to this one and would highly recommend the audio version with its rich, multi-voice format.
The Burying Place by Brian Freeman—Detective Jonathan Stride is asked to help locate a missing baby in rural Minnesota when a young female officer lost on patrol stumbles upon a serial killer’s victim barely alive. Although it is the fifth book in a series, it can stand alone. The flawed characters, multiple plot twists and unrelenting action make this a book you won’t want to put down.
I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman—When Elizabeth Benedict was 15-years-old, she was held captive by a serial killer, and was the only one he didn’t kill. Now a married adult with a new name and family, the last thing “Eliza” expects is to have Walter Bowman find her and request her presence on death row before his execution. I’m a big fan of Lippman’s standalone psychological suspense and, WOW!! This one is her best yet. Don’t even start this book unless you have the time to read it in one sitting.
The Edge by Jeffrey Deaver—An avid game-theory expert, secret agent Corte is assigned to protect a DC police officer and his family while staying one step ahead of the man hired to kill them. As usual, Deaver keeps you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think you have things figured out, you realize that he’s tricked you with a red herring clue and you’re really several steps behind. This is a truly amazing read.
Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko—Subtitled “thousands of simple food swaps that can save you 10,20, 30 pounds—or more!” this book shows you in full color what TO eat and what NOT TO eat. Really, how simple can it be? Enough said.
There by Hangs a Tail: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn—When a countess and her show dog are kidnapped, Chet and Bernie are hired to find them. Chet is a police-trained K-9 German Shepherd who failed his final exam when he chased a cat and Bernie owns a detective agency. The story, told through Chet’s eyes, is filled with kibble-sized tidbits of what dogs really think of humans. I’m really a cat person, but I LOVE these books!
The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley—On her second caper, teen sleuth Flavia de Luce sets out to investigate the suspicious death of famous puppeteer Rupert Porson with astonishing results. Clever writing, hijinks galore and a feisty main character make this series get better and better.