Top Reads of 2016
This was supposed to be a top ten reads of the year post but it’s turned into a slightly longer list of books that stand out for me this year. They’re not in any particular order. I couldn’t leave any of them out and I loved them all in different ways and for different reasons.
First up, Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton. Clever and well-plotted with probably the most charismatic man in any book I have read, Hamish Wolfe.
Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant is a fabulous psychological thriller about a man who tells just a few too many lies.
Next up is The Comfort of Others by Kay Langdale, an author who I think is very much overlooked. This is a wonderful and moving story about an elderly lady and a young boy and the unique relationship that they strike up.
The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan is a dual time frame story and essentially a love story. I thought the depth of feeling to the writing was exquisite.
The Missing by C L Taylor is my favourite of her three books. I was absolutely gripped by this story of a woman looking for her missing son.
Next up, another psychological thriller. Like Clare Mackintosh’s first book, I Let You Go, I See You is a tense story with unexpected twists and turns. What I liked about this one was that it was a perfectly plausible storyline and that made it quite scary! I reviewed it here.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick is a lovely story about a man who goes on a journey of discovery about his late wife. I thought it was quite similar to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
The Trysting Tree by Linda Gillard is by another author who, in my opinion, should be better known. This is a compelling story of the troubled relationship between a mother and her daughter, chronic pain and a family mystery.
The Museum of You by Carys Bray has the most wonderful narrator in 12 year old Clover Quinn. It’s a warm and tender story of her desire to know more about her dead mother.
The Last Pearl Fisher of Scotland by Julia Stuart is charming, original and full of gentle humour. As you might imagine, it’s about the last pearl fisher of Scotland and it’s fabulously quirky. I reviewed it here.
Falling by Julie Cohen was a book about three generations of women that slowly crept up on me and made me shed a tear in a few places which not many books can do.
The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick is a wonderful dual time frame story taking us from the present day back to the 1500s. Fact and fiction are weaved together brilliantly to make this an engrossing story. I reviewed it here.
So there you go. My favourite reads of the year, not very well narrowed down. Have you read any of these and did you enjoy them as much as I did?