On Goodreads I have a total of 85 books read this year and the year isn’t quite over. I decided I wanted to write a blog post of my top reads of the year. A difficult task to narrow so many books down. But then again, compared to some readers, that’s not so many. But, for me, it’s an improvement on the previous year and it’s all we can strive for isn’t it? Improvement.
So how many books do I list? I decided on 5 as I didn’t want a long post where you would get bored. I don’t do long posts. I started writing down contenders and then I had the onerous task of crossing books off. Who wants to cross books off a list?
Finally I had my top 5 reads of 2014. These are books I read this year, not books released this year. In fact, one of these books is a few years old. It is also not just a crime fiction list, as I did make a decision to widen my reading horizons. But with only 5 books, you won’t be surprised to find that 4 of them are crime.
I wonder what you will make of this list. Here it is, laid out, my thoughts, in book format.
5. Emma Kavanagh – Falling
Jim is a retired police officer, and worried father. His beloved daughter has disappeared and he knows something is wrong.
Tom has woken up to the news that his wife was on the plane and must break the news to their only son.
Cecilia had packed up and left her family. Now she has survived a tragedy, and sees no way out.
Freya is struggling to cope with the loss of her father. But as she delves into his past, she may not like what she finds.
‘Before the plane crash, after the plane crash, such a short amount of time for the world to turn on its head. ‘
4. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”
Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.
Colin’s job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.
3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
2. Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
‘The dead can’t speak to us,’ Professor Madoc had said.
That was a lie.
Because the body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things.
Life is already strange enough for the obsessive Patrick without having to solve a possible murder. Especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place. Now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery – while he dissects his own evidence.
But as Patrick learns one truth from a dead man, he discovers there have been many other lies rather closer to home…
1. Cry Baby by David Jackson
It’s every mother’s nightmare – the abduction of her baby.That’s how it starts for Erin Vogel when she is attacked and left unconscious in her apartment. When she awakes, it is to find that Georgia, her six-month-old daughter, has been taken.But Erin is given a chance to get Georgia back. At an unthinkable price.Like most mothers, she has always said she would do anything for her child. Now the strength of that bond is about to be put to the ultimate test.And when her actions arouse the interest of a certain Detective Callum Doyle, one thing is inevitable: a confrontation that will be as explosive as it is unforgettable.From the highly acclaimed author of Pariah, The Helper and Marked comes a nerve-shredding novel that questions the line we draw between good and evil.
Any books I finish between now and the New Year, I will not put as completed on my Goodreads account now until January starts, so they can be a part of next years feature. Were there any surprises in here? Have you read any and loved them or have you read any and hated them? Let me know!