Monday, January 1, 2018

Top Books I read in 2017

Movies and books are my passion. I read 61 books in 2017, and here are the top 5 I read last year. Interestingly, 4 of these books were from authors I had not discovered before. I will be reading more of their books in 2018.

A Criminal DefenseA Criminal Defense by William Myers (2017)
This is a smart defense lawyer novel that kept me guessing to the very end. It's the first book in a trilogy, apparently, and the second installment comes out this month.

Falling Stars (Kyle Achilles #3)
Falling Stars by Tim Tigner (2017)
I have not read a book by Tigner that I did not enjoy. He writes thrillers that are page-turners with a focus on new technology. This book is the sequel to Pushing Brilliance, featuring former CIA agent Kyle Achilles. It's good. And I have had the privilege of reading his beta versions and giving feedback on the plat and the text.

The End of Lies
The End of Lies by Andrew Barrett (2017)
This is another new author that gave me the chance to read a preview copy. Here Becky arrives home to find her husband stabbed to death and two thugs ransacking the house. She doesn't know what they are looking for but has to find it or they'll kill her. Nothing is quite what it seems in this fast paced mystery.

Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (2017)
This was an Amazon First book. I love serial killer mysteries, and this is one of those with a twist. The protagonist is not the killer, who is in prison, but his wife. Living under a new name by the lake, trying to avoid the reaches of her husband, bodies start piling up and she falls under suspicion. Who is killing them? Who knows her identity? It's a great read. And it's another trilogy, with the second book out already.


No Exit by Taylor Adams (2017)
This was my favorite book I read last year. It's Christmas, but college student DarbyThorne finds herself stranded with four strangers at a Colorado rest stop by a freak blizzard. But when she sees a kidnapped child in one of the parked vehicles, this misadventure turns deadly. Adams ratchets up the tension, and inserts so many twists I felt like I was playing Twister! It's fantastic.

Happy New Year, and happy reading!