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2015 in review

It’s bizarre to think that I read about 160 books in a year but when I was asked yesterday what my favourite book of the year was I struggled to come up with one.

It was all I could do to think about the books that I had given the highest scores. So, given that everyone else is doing a retrospective of the year… This was my 2015 in books! And looking down the list I realised that for me 2015 was definitely the year of Scandi-Noir with Icelandic authors featuring heavily in my reading list. “The Undesired” is definitely one that I’ll be re-reading in 2016. Even knowing the story and the plot twists it feels like there is more to gain by going back to that one.

1 Star

Bad Bones – Graham Marks

Those Girls – Lauren Salt

The Resurrection Maker – Glenn Cooper

Touchstone for Ever – Sydney Jamesson

The Infinite – Lori M Lee

2 Stars 

The Little Red Chairs – Edna O’Brien

Five Steps to the Harem – AM Helen

Flesh and Blood – Simon Cheshire

City on Fire – Garth Risk Hallberg

The Scorpion Rules – Erin Bow

Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff

Haunted Summer – Anne Edwards

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

Letting You Go – Anouska Knight

Everybody Rise – Stephanie Clifford

The Heir – Kiera Cass

Everything You and I Could Have Been If We Weren’t You and I – Albert Espinosa

Awake – Natasha Preston

The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalupi

The Glass Sided Ant’s Nest – Peter Dickinson

Demons – Wayne Macauley

Demystifying Talent Management – Kimberley Janson

Whispers in the Dark – Chase J Jackson

Dorianna – Catherine Stine

The Perfect Match – Katie Fforde

Gates of Thread and Stone – Lori M Lee

The After House – Michael Phillip Cash

3 Stars 

As Good as Dead – Elizabeth Evans

Silver Bullet – S M Reine

Love Hurts – Marjorie Blackman

Christmas Cravings- Emma Hamilton

Lair of Dreams – Libba Bray

For The Record – Charlotte Huang

Playing With Fire – Tess Gerritsen

Sleepless – Lou Morgan

Imperfect Love – Isabella White

Bittersweet Love – R C Stephens

A Banquet of Consequences – Elizabeth George

Barbara the Slut and Other People – Lauren Holmes

Demon Road – Derek Landy

A Million Miles Away – Lara Avery

The Last Embrace – Pam Jenoff

Fifty Shades Freed – E L James

The House of Hidden Mothers – Meera Syal

Fifty Shades Darker – E L James

The Truth According to Us – Annie Barrows

Access All Areas – Charlotte Phillips

Vector – Vaun Murphrey

Gennaro: Slow Cook Italian – Gennaro Contaldo

The Elite – Kiera Cass

Ice Kissed – Amanda Hocking

The Draining Lake – Arnaldur Indridason

The Changes: A Trilogy – Peter Dickinson

Across the Bridges of Ice – Ruth Fox

The A to Z of You and Me – James Hannah

Bound by Ivy Forever – S K Quinn

Where the Ivy Grows – S K Quinn

The Glass Magician – Charlie N Holmberg

The Paper Magician – Charlie N Holmberg

Walt Before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years 1919-1928 – Timothy S Susanin

The Picture Frame: A Horror Novel – Iain Rob Wright

The Date Night Manifesto – Sophia Ledingham

The Undertaker’s Daughter – Kate Mayfield

4 Stars 

Operation White Christmas – Nicki Edwards 

Smoke and Mirrors – Elly Griffiths

See Me – Susan Hatler

Just You Wait – Jane Tesh

The Woman Who Stole My Life – Marian Keyes

Witch Hunt – S M Reine

Dark Room – Tom Becker

Kidding Around NYC: For Kids Who Want The Inside Track On The City – Suzanne Roche

Meet Me In Manhattan – Claudia Carroll

Dangerous Lies – Becca Fitzpatrick

The Bronte Plot – Katherine Reay

Stalin’s Englishmen: The Lives of Guy Burgess – Andrew Lownie

Grey – E L James

Hanover House – Brenda Novak

Twisted Love – R C Stephens

Frozen Charlotte – Alex Bell

Dark Secrets: A Paranormal Noir Anthology – Rachel Caine, Cynthia Eden, Megan Hart etc

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light – Ann Jacobus

Winter Street – Elin Hilderbrand

Landfalls – Naomi J Williams

The Chocolate Lovers Christmas – Carole Matthews

These Shallow Graves – Jennifer Donnelly

Concentr8 – William Sutcliffe

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine – Alex Brunkhorst

Ryker – Sawyer Bennett

Zack – Sawyer Bennett

Garrett – Sawyer Bennett

Alex – Sawyer Bennett

Offside – Kelly Jamieson

Hat Trick – Kelly Jamieson

One Man Advantage – Kelly Jamieson

Faceoff – Kelly Jamieson

Breakaway – Kelly Jamieson

Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong – Kelley Armstrong

Someone Out There – Catherine Hunt

Shattered Blue – Lauren Bird Horowitz

Another Day – David Levithan

Every Day – David Levithan

The Father – Anton Svensson

Speaking in Bones – Kathy Reichs

Monster – C J Skuse

The Girl On the Train – Paula Hawkins

In a Dark Dark Wood – Ruth Ware

The Quality of Silence – Rosamund Lupton

Embrace – S Layne

Entice – S Layne

The Other Me – Saskia Sarginson

Changeling – Vaun Murphey

Chimera – Vaun Murphrey

Midnight Crossroad – Charlaine Harris

The Selection – Kiera Cass

Redemption Road – Lisa Ballantyne

Arctic Chill – Arnaldur Indidason

Crash & Burn – Lisa Gardner

The Curse Keepers Collection – Denise Grover Swank

Material Girls – Elaine Dimopoulos

The Blue Rose – A M Helen

Hotter than Helltown – S M Reine

A Density of Souls – Christopher Rice

Light Before Day – Christopher Rice

The Redemption (The Club 3) – Lauren Rowe

Near Death – Glenn Cooper

Burdened – Peiri Ann

The Snow Garden – Christopher Rice

The Reclamation (The Club 2) – Lauren Rowe

The Club – Lauren Rowe

All that Glitters – Holly Smale

Touchstone for Giving – Sydney Jamesson

Touchstone for Play – Sydney Jamesson

The Ivy Lessons – S K Quinn

The Curse Defiers – Denise Grover Swank

The Girl On The Pier – Paul Tomkins

The Devil Will Come – Glenn Cooper

Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley – M C Beaton

Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener – M C Beaton

The Vicious Vet – M C Beaton

The Quiche of Death – M C Beaton

5 Stars 

The Girl With No Past – Kathryn Croft

The Undesired – Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Make a Christmas Wish – Julia Williams

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss – Max Wirestone

The Blackthorn Key – Kevin Sands

What Milo Saw – Virginia McGregor

The Mistake I Made – Paula Daly

Life or Death – Michael Robotham

Summer of Fire – Kitty Pilgrim

This is Where it Ends – Marieke Nijkamp

Fire Colour One – Jenny Valentine

The Man Who Watched Women – Michael Hjorth, Hans Rosenfeldt

The Spider In The Corner of the Room – Nikki Owen

The Little Black Book of New York – Ben Gibberd, Kerren Barbas Steckler

All Together Now – Gill Hornby

From Bruges With Love – Pieter Aspe

Blood Relatives – Stevan Alcock

Voices – Arnaldur Indridason

Silence of the Grave – Arnaldur Indridason

Jar City – Arnaldur Indridason

The Death House – Sarah Pinborough

Take Down – James Swain

The Ruby Circle – Richelle Mead

Dark Prayer – Natasha Mostert

Conspiracy Girl – Sarah Alderson

Accelerate – Tracy Wolff

Thanks for reading with me in 2015 and here’s to some more great books in 2016. Happy New Year!



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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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