A few weeks ago we took a look at the best debut releases of 2016. Now, we’re considering the best books of the year. In no particular order, here are our top 10…
1. Liane Moriarty – Truly Madly Guilty
Perhaps Moriarty’s darkest thriller to date, Truly Madly Guilty is a twisting domestic thriller about a weekend gone wrong.
2. The Woman In Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
A travel journalist named Lo suspects there’s a killer on her cruise, but what can she do to stop them?
3. Conquest – Tracey Warr
The first in a new historical series, Conquest is about the battle for the Anglo-Norman throne.
4. Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
Small Great Things tells the story of a black woman fighting for her rights. In today’s climate the story is poignant and desperately meaningful.
5. Megan Abbott – You Will Know Me
This dark thriller tells the story of a family whose lives revolve around their daughter’s gymnastics. A new coach arrives on the scene and at first everything seems normal, but not for long.
6. Before The Fall – Noah Hawley
A tragic drowning which tells the story of a bittersweet elite lifestyle and the strains of love in a compelling, twisting tale.
7. The Muse – Jessie Burton
This beautifully written novel of artwork and secrecy maps the 1930s and 60s with vivid descriptions and wonderful language.
8. The Wonder – Emma Donoghue
Following up from the successful book and movie adaptation, Room, Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder is about an English nurse brought to a small Irish village. Tense and described as a psychological thriller, there’s no other book quite like it.
9. He’s Gone – Alex Clare
DI Roger Bailley returns to work as Robyn and faces pressure from colleagues, family and friends. When a young boy goes missing, the child’s mother rejects Robyn’s contributions to the case. Combining a detective story with questions of identity, He’s Gone is a moving and thrilling read.
10. The Problem With Forever – Jennifer L Armentrout
Mallory, a silent girl, is thrown into high school life and forced to combat her deepest, darkest issues. A young adult novel at it’s best.