It Takes One by Kate Kessler was easily one of those books that I knew instantly after finishing would make my top reads list for this year. It was everything that I enjoy as it contained a thrilling mystery along with characters that I couldn't get enough of. Out of all the books that I read this year, this is one that I felt deserved WAY more attention then it actually got. I really hope that other readers find this series soon!
Find Her by Lisa Gardner was one of the most twisted and dark books that I read this year. I also found that I couldn't stop reading it and thought about it long after I finished. I started right in the middle of a series with this one but don't let that stop you. It obviously didn't affect my enjoyment in the slightest as this was another book that easily made my top reads list.
City of Light by Keri Arthur began a new urban fantasy/science fiction series that I absolutely adored. I couldn't get enough of this world which meant it had to be on my top reads list for 2016. I would include the 2nd book as well but that feels a bit like cheating (and this is my favorite of the two). I love the world that Arthur has created and cannot wait for more!
Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J. Arlidge is the second book in this series AND the second time that this author has been on my top reads list for the year. I am loving this series and author so much! This book was just as intense and page turning as the first book was which left me as one very happy reader. At this point I will be reading anything and everything that this author writes because these books are just that good!
The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne easily wins the award for best romance read in 2016. This book was so FREAKING good and I just can't say anything other than that. I was swept away by this romance which was so unlikely yet so perfect. I've got all of this author's other books on my TBR list just waiting to be read and enjoyed. If you haven't tried Kerrigan Byrne yet, you're missing out!
Rage Against The Dying by Becky Masterman cemented my love of this series and these characters (just an FYI that this is book one in the series- I read the 2nd book last year first). I seriously wish Ms. Masterman wrote faster because the wait for the third book is just about killing me. Brigid Quinn is one of my very favorite characters to read about and this is another mystery series that doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. I love it and can't get enough! Highly, highly recommended.
The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell was one of the harder choices as I went back and forth between this book and Cruel and Unusual by Cornwell. Really I enjoyed each of these books equally but it was the introduction of Carrie Grethren in this book that made this book the clear winner. I'm loving this series so much that part of me just wants to read them all straight through and the other part wants to take my time and savor them. So, so good!
Evil Games by Angela Marsons is the second book in yet another series on this list (I'm sensing a theme here). It was another amazing follow-up to the first book and I'm so lucky that I have found all of these amazing authors to read. This book was just as intense and thrilling as I had hoped it would be. I can't say enough good things about this series as well!
The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardottir was one of the books that stayed with me the longest. This was such a haunting thriller that felt reminiscent of Agatha Christie in some of the best ways. I didn't know what was going on until the very end....and even then I found myself surprised with how it all turned out. Readers should not miss this book in my opinion!
Inherit the Bones by Emily Littlejohn was the mystery with the most gorgeous writing in comparison to all of the other books that I read this year. This author's way with words just blew me away and I loved every minute of reading this book because of it. If I was giving out awards for most surprisingly chilling reads, this book would also be the clear winner. Another author that I will be watching out for in 2017!
This was a really, really tough list to make this year! I had quite a few other books that could have/should have made my list of top reads but I stayed firm with only sharing ten. Here are the other books that deserve honorable mention at least:
- The House at Seas End by Elly Griffiths
- The Body Reader by Anne Frasier
- A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley
- Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti