This is the first of my end-of-the-year favorites posts. Just to clarify, I read these books in 2012, but they were not necessarily published this year. Quotes are from my reviews, which are linked to the titles.
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens: “…Taylor Stevens has created her own emotionally damaged, kick-butt heroine and thrown her into the middle of a tangled web of a mystery, one in which the final strands aren’t separated until the page-turning final chapters.”
The Last Child by John Hart: “John Hart has crafted the perfect thriller. It has characters that will break your heart, a page-turning plot, a twist ending, and an atmospheric setting, along with brilliant writing.”
The Yard by Alex Grecian: “The Victorian era is one of my favorite historical settings, and I found the details of the founding of the Murder Squad to be fascinating….This book is a total page-turner, and would make perfect pool- or lake-side reading for the summer.”
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: “No…. wait! What? There’s no way…. Oh. My. Gosh.”
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke: “I’ve said this in reviews before, and I’ll say it again: I love it when an author can manage to make the setting of a novel as real as any of the characters. Locke has done this with Belle Vie; it is full of the ghosts of its horrific history, and it simply oozes with menacing atmosphere.”
Broken Harbor by Tana French: “This mystery kept me guessing until almost the very end, and once I reached the last hundred pages, I neglected packing and sleep in order to find out how everything turned out. If you haven’t read Tana French yet, what on earth are you waiting for?”