75+ Fiction Titles Consumed!
I was shocked. I knew I listened to lots of audiobooks, but I had no idea how many until I did a count down. It was over 75 and that doesn’t include the books I started and didn’t finish. It also doesn’t include the self-help/business books I read on my Kindle.
Okay, done bragging. Here’s a roundup of my favorites for you, my wonderful readers. Remember, this is totally subjective. Every author’s work was professional, but some books appealed to me more than others.
The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter
Might as well start with a super star. I read three Slaughter novels last year, and I’m reading one now. This was my favorite. Two sisters are the victims of a brutal crime. One is left to die in the woods. One runs. The book starts many years in the future with a new crime. This is a tough read, heavy subjects and dark violence. However the psychology is fascinating.
Then She was Gone – Lisa Jewell
Another master of suspense, Lisa Jewell, knocked this one out of the park. The story is rough and sad and not for the sensitive soul. A woman’s teenage daughter disappears. The not-knowing destroys her family. Several years in the future as she attempts to rebuild her life, the truth comes to light. I read two other Lisa Jewell’s this year; Watching You and The Family Upstairs. They were all extremely well done, but Then She was Gone haunted me.
Keep Quiet – Lisa Scottoline
This one really got me. It wasn’t twisy or surprising. I figured out the end about three-quarters of the way through, but it was my favorite Lisa Scottoline read of the year. (I also read Someone Knows and Don’t Go.) A terrible car accident forces a father to cross ethical lines to protect his son. If you’re a parent, this one will grab you.
The Last Mrs. Parrish – Liv Constantine
This one was a guilty pleasure read. I felt a little ashamed of myself for loving the end as much as I did. A scheming woman befriends Mrs. Parrish, wife of a rich, handsome, well-connected doctor, and begins undermining her marriage. I also read The Last Time I Saw You, which was very good, but Mrs. Parrish wins.
The Marsh King’s Daughter – Karin Dionne
I loved this book. The premise was so unique. A woman raised by a psychopathic father and the teenage mother he abducted tracks him through the marshes when he escapes from prison. If you like smart, strong female protagonists this is the book for you.
An Unwanted Guest – Shari Lapena
If you enjoyed Knives Out, you’ll love this one. It’s a locked-room mystery in the vein of Agatha Christy’s famous And Then There Were None. A group of strangers are snowed in at a ski lodge. There’s a storm brewing, no electricity, and a murderer on the loose. What’s not to love?
You Should Have Known – Jean Hauff Korelitz
This is a slower-paced novel, not a lot of surprising twists, but the premise was clever, and it was well-written. A marriage counselor writers a book about her belief that people choose to ignore red flags in potentially distructive relationships, until they can’t. She has to revise her opinion. The story is slotted to become an HBO miniseries.
The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
Again, a slower-paced, more thoughtful novel and very well-written. A psychiatrist takes on a patient who hasn’t spoken since the murder of her husband. She’s been accused of the crime, but unless he can get her talking no one really knows what happened. This one had me guessing for a long time.
An Anonymous Girl – Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
A psychiatrist (are you sensing a trend?) is looking for women to participate in a study on morality. The protagonist is broke. The study pays well. But, ultimately, not well enough. This novel is also a movie, but I haven’t seen it.
Educated – Tara Westover
This is memoir, but I think it fits well under psychological suspense. It’s the true story of a girl raised by a crazy father in a one-family Morman cult. It’s brutal, terrifying, uplifting and completely addicting.
My Lovely Wife – Samantha Downing
I don’t know why I liked this book. It was dark and all the characters were problematic, but it captivated me like a car accident. The premise; a man marries a woman with a strange view of the world then has to keep her happy. That’s all I can say without spoiling things.
Supernatural Thriller & Science Fiction
Lock Every Door – Riley Sager
Another story about a young woman who gets caught up in a terrible situation because she’s broke. This time she becomes an apartment sitter in an old, elegant, mysterious New York building. So scary and atmospheric!
The Apartment – S.L.Grey
This one is scarier, gorier, and more supernatural than I generally read, but I thought it was worth a mention for those who like to walk on the wild side. I was attracted to it because it’s about a husband and wife who do a house trade with a couple from Paris. My husband and I traded homes with a family from France two years ago. Our experience was lovely. This one, not so much.
Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
A man is attacked and knocked unconscious. When he comes to nothing is the same. His wife isn’t his wife. He has an entirely different career. His son has never been born. What the heck happened? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
Collecting the Dead – Spenser Kope
A special agent has a special power. Fun and games tracking a serial killer. Despite the topic, this one has quite a bit of humor. The sequel, Whispers of the Dead was a great follow up.
Ink and Bone – Lisa Unger
I read four Lisa Unger books this year. Ink and Bone, a psychic mystery, was my favorite. I’m not always a fan of the psychic, but Lisa Unger is a master of suspense, and she pulls it off beautifully.
What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
I read four Liane Moriarty books this year as research. (I’ve co-written a general fiction novel with a friend that hasn’t been published yet.) What Alice Forgot was far and away my favorite. A woman falls off her spin bike at the gym and loses the last ten years of her life. She must discover why she and the love of her life are getting divorced, why she and her sister are estranged, and who these people who call her Mom are. It was a great read.
A Man Called Ova – Fredrik Bachman
This made me cry. It was lovely, heartwarming and funny. A cranky old man is reformed by two little girls, their spit-fire of a mother, and an even older, crankier cat. It’s also a movie.
The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
Never, never, never would I have read this book except a good friend wanted me to. I don’t like books narrated by animals. I don’t like sad books especially if dogs die in them. I don’t know anything about cars or racing, nor am I particularly interested to learn. But I did love this book. I heard it was much better than the movie, which I didn’t see. I’d had enough warm-hearted grief for one year, thanks.