I read so many amazing mystery/suspense novels this year! It’s going to be hard to narrow it down. And yet I must…
10) Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Harlan Coben’s been one of my favorites for years and this book (about a soccer mom with secrets, the kind that really should be capitalized) doesn’t disappoint.
9) Start Shooting by Charlie Newton. I would not have guessed that noir could be this much fun. (Cops, bad guys, robberies, love, betrayal.)
8) Catch Me by Lisa Gardner. A woman tells police that she’s going to be murdered in four days. Not surprisingly, nobody believes her.
7) The 500 by Matthew Quirk. Another book that was just plain fun. It reads like early John Grisham but even better.
6) The Black Box by Michael Connelly. A new Harry Bosch book is always a cause for celebration and this is one of the best.
5) Only One Life and Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blaedel. Probably my best discovery this year, and I can’t wait to read her next one.
4) And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman. I’m pretty sure she’s incapable of writing a book that’s less than great.
3) The Prophet by Michael Koryta. His best to date and that’s saying something.
2) Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Creepiest book EVER. Absolutely read this, but be prepared to jump at every noise while you do.
1) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’ve given this book to so many people as presents and have been browbeating everyone I know into reading it. If you haven’t yet, do yourself a favor and read this…before someone spoils it for you.