Hello everyone and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all well, and I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas. In today’s blog post, I’m going over the top 5 books I read this year. These aren’t books that have necessarily been released in 2017, but they are all books I read and loved (and gave 5 star reviews to) in 2017. You can find my top 5 books of 2016 here. So, here goes…
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton.
You’ve been held captive in one room.
You’ve been mentally and physically abused every day since you were sixteen years old.
Then, one night, you realise your captor has left the door to your cell unlocked.
For the first time in eight years you’re free.
This is what happens next.
I really cannot fault this book! It has some similarities, plot-wise, to Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’ (which is also one of my favourite books), but I think this is possibly even better! I love the fact it focuses a lot more on the integration back into society after being captured, and all the difficulties and hardship that come with turning up on your families’ doorstep after being missing for eight years. This book is truly fantastic – if you haven’t read it yet, you need to! Find my full review here.
Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister.
‘I could run, or I could stay and call him an ambulance. Now it is decision time . . . ‘
It’s the end of the night. You’re walking home on your own.
Then you hear the sound every woman dreads. Footsteps. Behind you. Coming fast.
You’re sure it’s him – the man from the bar who wouldn’t leave you alone.
You make a snap decision. You turn. You push. Your pursuer tumbles down the steps. He lies motionless, face-down on the floor.
Wait for the police to arrive. For judgement, for justice, whatever that may be. You just hope you husband, family and friends, everyone you love, will stand by you.
Stay silent. You didn’t mean to do it. You were scared, you panicked. And no one saw. No one will ever know. If you leave now. If you keep quiet. Forever.
Which is it to be?
McAllister has quickly become one of my favourite authors. I read both her books this year, and it was so difficult to pick a favourite between them, but I think this one wins marginally. I love the complex plot in this book and the two narrative strands – it focuses on one event, and describes two different narratives based on which decision the protagonist makes. An absolute must-read for all you Psychological Thriller lovers out there! You can find my full review here.
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson.
Following a brutal attack, Kate Priddy makes the uncharacteristically bold decision of moving from London to Boston – in an apartment swap with her cousin, Corbin Dell.
But soon after her arrival Kate makes a shocking discovery: Corbin’s next-door neighbour, Audrey Marshall, may have been murdered.
Far from home and emotionally unstable, her imagination playing out her every fear, who can Kate trust?
I read this book a while before the release date (I was luckily sent an ARC), and it was so hard to keep quiet about it! This book had a huge impact on me, and I think it’s truly genius. I especially loved the portrayal of the protagonist, especially in terms of her anxiety – the reader is really able to get inside her head, and I just couldn’t put the book down! I also really liked ‘The Kind Worth Killing’ by Swanson, but this book trumps it for me. You can read my full review here.
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris.
It all started that night in the woods.
Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now she’s dead.
Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her.
Consumed by guilt, she’s also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is – and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.
I only discovered this book late this year, so it’s the newest addition to my top 5 list. But it definitely deserves to be there! This book is probably the most tense, claustrophobic book I’ve ever read. I loved the protagonist’s narration – you’re really able to get inside her head and experience her anxiety and paranoia along with her. The plot twist is amazing, and all the mysteries of the novel are explained so well! You can read more in my full review here.
YOU by Caroline Kepnes.
When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works he is instantly smitten.
But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences …
I’ve been really fascinated by books about stalkers this year, and this one definitely tops all the ones I’ve read. My favourite thing about this book is the narration – Joe’s narrative is chilling and perverse, but you can’t help but like him! His behaviour and actions begin to spiral out of control, and I just loved getting an insight into his thoughts and feelings. If you’re interested in books about stalkers, this one has to be next on your TBR pile! Find my full review here.
Happy reading 🙂