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I had 11 top books for the year. Wish I could have added more. Unfortunately, there were more books I either could not finish or could hardly finish(to me, anyway) they were so bad.)
I am so excited to share the books I loved to read this past year:
I really do not read anything but Mystery, Crime, Suspense and thriller. I especially like psychological suspense which seems to be hard to do really well.
My books in order, though this was not easy to do since many books are somewhat as good as the other:
Twisted Psychological suspense especially in a first novel. Part Summary: A stunning debut novel in which a single mother reconstructs her teenaged daughter’s life, sifting through her emails, texts, and social media to piece together the shocking truth about the last days of her life.
Hard decision between the 1st 2. The twisted ending for both of these books was like an extreme roller coaster ride. Speaking of amusement park rides, I love them. Hence this cover was a big draw for me. Part Summary: Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse. A different read with it being told rather backward.
This book had to be at the top of the list. Grief-stricken and full of dark sadness, but spellbinding. I cried and cried at the ending because of the story, but also that I found out it was the series end. A depressed but great investigator finally discovers the mystery of his what took place in his past when he was a kid which totally brought on major depression. The dark setting of the book, snow-covered and freezing environment of Iceland added to the mood. I have fallen in love with Iceland because of this series, though.
Another hard to put down psychological suspense volume with a twisted ending with a young man hero. Part Summary: Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate Quinn Collins to question how well she really knew her friend.
I found this book in the teen (YA) section of my library while waiting for my daughter to find books she wanted to read. It sounded good and since I sometimes read YA books, I thought I would give it a try. I Now I plan to read the other 2 of the series. My daughter does not like books like this so she did not care to read it. Only for mature teens like her I would think. Part Summary: What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad? Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer…..
Moving to Sweden from an Iceland setting as in #3 above, this is the 2nd book by this author I have read. Loved her last one though it has been awhile between both books. Slow start, but hit full speed and gripped me after a few chapters in. Part Summary: Christian Thydell’s dream has come true: his debut novel, The Mermaid, is published to rave reviews. So why is he as distant and unhappy as ever?
When crime writer Erica Falck, who discovered Christian’s talents, learns he has been receiving anonymous threats, she investigates not just the messages but also the author’s mysterious past…
Meanwhile, one of Christian’s closest friends is missing……….
Finally got one of this author’s books read; Have wanted to try on by him for a while. High action crime investigation Suspense. Part Summary: Jordan Glass becomes both hunter and hunted in a search for the anonymous artist-an obsessed killer who seems to know more about Jordan and her family than she is prepared to face…
If you got this far, “Thank You.” Approx 3/4 done.
This book was lower rated and I had never heard of this author before. I found her looking for books on my “go” audio library. I expected a dud. ( That library seems to produce duds 50% of the time.) Though the protagonist of the book was slightly unbelievable in her over the top tough girl to extreme FBI agent; the book was an exciting and inspirational for strength to me at least. The cult aspect was different and interesting also.Part summary: Eight years ago, a man took five-year-old Hannah from her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into a world of a cult known as The Chosen. Now, the childhood survivors of The Chosen turn to Vanessa Michael Munroe for help, knowing that she is the only chance of stealing Hannah back.
A well-known suspense/ mystery writer. Usually like most of his books. Some low-end reviews here, but I did not like to put the book down to do what I should be doing, like My blog LOL. Part Summary: Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to?
My 2nd venture into Young Adult reading after seeing a list of books with twisted ending not to miss on Pinterest. It lived up to the list suggestion. If not for the horrific and dreadful conclusion of this book it would have not been a top read for me this year. The whole book really went nowhere and I kept hoping all the loose stories would show the point to the whole mess. Then the ending. The only book on my favorite shelf this year all because of the startling ending. (If you have watched the “6th Sense” movie, you may get how the ending was here.) Part summary: A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.
So breathe a sigh of Relief as we are at the end……
Finally, a humorous, fun lighthearted volume. The best cozy mystery I had read in a while written by a friend of mine on “Good Reads.” It is also set in an amusement park rides setting like some of “# 2” was. Part summary: When the owner of a traveling carnival is strangled—not once but twice—on opening night of the summer fair in Hollydale, the police surmise he was not well liked. As the head of Hollydale’s citizen’s association and local liaison with the carnival, Damon Lassard feels obligated to help his dear friend, Detective Gerry Sloman, solve the crime.
Link to my shelf on “Good Reads” which is a major reading book social site:
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. Anonymous
I happened upon this list in wiki and it blew my mind: Wiki List of Music Styles
Interesting. Too many to count.
For the love of music. The more the merrier.