My Top Reads of 2017

I can’t believe we’re at that time of the year again, it doesn’t feel that long ago when I was choosing my top ten reads for 2016. I think it can be fair to say that we have seen some incredible books published in 2017, that’s what has made it so hard for me to choose my top ten this year and I already know that there are going to be more exciting releases to come in 2018. Look out for another post before the end of the year where I’ll be talking about some exciting new releases coming in the New Year.

So without any further ado here are my top ten reads of this year and in no particular order:

PERFECT REMAINS BY HELEN FIELDS

This is the first book in the DI Luc Callanch series, I was utterly gripped by this book, Helen Fields has created a strong, new lead character in the crime fiction world, I’m hoping to get round to reading Perfect Prey soon as I have the third book in the series on pre-order which is out next year. You can find the link to purchase Perfect Remains below:

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YESTERDAY BY FELICIA YAP 

I had been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard that it was being published. Yesterday examines the subject of memory. I found the concept of this book to be absolutely fascinating, how do you solve a murder when you only remember yesterday? Click on the link below if you’re interested in finding more about Yesterday. 

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BEHIND HER EYES BY SARAH PINBOROUGH 

I was totally blown away by this incredible book. The twist at the end left me speechless, the moment I had finished I pushed it into the hands of everyone I knew, I wanted to see their reaction to THAT twist and I was so keen to discuss it with them. It really was a #wtf moment. Absolutely brilliant. 

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ALL THE WICKED GIRLS BY CHRIS WHITAKER 

Chris Whitaker is a seriously talented writer. In this book he takes us into the heart of America’s Deep South where in a small town, a young girl, loved by everyone, vanishes. Chris explores the human mind as the town struggles to come to terms with Summer Ryan’s disappearance and what happens when it’s people are pushed to the brink. Highly recommended. 

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THE BINDING SONG BY ELODIE HARPER 

I had this book sitting on my shelf for a while before I managed to find the time to get round to it and I really wish I’d read it sooner. The Binding Song is an atmospheric novel that takes us into the heart of the justice system. Elodie transports us to an isolated prison, Halvergate in Norfolk, where there have been a spate of suicides and reports of a ghostly figure stalking the inmates. This seriously creepy novel really gave me chills, I would warn you however, don’t read this book before you go to sleep. But if you’re after a thrill I would highly recommend this book. 

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THE SILENT COMPANIONS BY LAURA PURCELL

I mean, wow, how can you not be intrigued by that cover? The publishers have done a fantastic job with this book. Although it isn’t a crime novel, I do occasionally enjoy a good ghost story and The Silent Companions is one I’m sure will become a classic in years to come. A haunting, Gothic tale, I was utterly gripped by this book. Click on the link below to purchase.

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QUIETER THAN KILLING BY SARAH HILARY 

Sarah Hilary’s books just keep getting better and better. Sarah continues to prove that she is a writer at the top of her game, I never even have to look at the blurb of Sarah’s books to know that I will enjoy it. A terrific series of London set police procedurals that every crime fan should read. 

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MY LITTLE EYE BY STEPHANIE MARLAND

My Little Eye (Starke & Bell) by [Marland, Stephanie, Broadribb, Stephanie]

I had a couple of books which I was currently reading when this book came out but I put everything aside when My Little Eye uploaded onto my kindle on its release date. I was so excited to read this book. Stephanie Marland has a real talent for creating believable and gripping characters that stay with you long after turning the final page. I absolutely loved it!

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ANYTHING YOU DO SAY BY GILLIAN MCALLISTER 

I really liked the idea behind this book. Gillian McAllister explores two scenarios, one in which her character hands herself into the police and the other in which she turns away and runs. It was really interesting to see how she explored her character’s mind as she was faced with different situations. I often wonder how a character’s life could’ve turned out if they had made another decision so I found this book really fascinating. 

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BAD SISTER BY SAM CARRINGTON 

Bad Sister: 'Tense, convincing... kept me guessing' Caz Frear, bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies by [Carrington, Sam]

I had been looking forward to reading Sam Carrington’s second novel since I finished reading her debut novel Saving Sophie last year. Bad Sister is a gripping, psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page. Sam Carrington is a really talented writer.

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Well, I can’t believe that that’s a wrap on another year. I’ve read some brilliant books this year and attended some exciting events. Next year I’m looking forward to attending Crime Fest in Bristol in May and the Theakston’s Crime Festival which takes place in Harrogate in July for the first time, I’m also hoping to start submitting my own book to agents early in the new year, which is exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.

I hope you’ve had a great 2017 and that you have a great year in 2018.

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