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’ll be talking about the top 5 books I read this year. These aren’t books that have necessarily been released in 2018, but they are all books I read and loved (and gave 5 star reviews to) in 2018. You can find my top 5 books of 2017 here. So, here goes…
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE?
Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.
A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.
“I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.”
This is my most recent 5 star read, and it was absolutely sensational. It’s a fantastic book which draws on Matt Haig’s own experiences, all about the topic of mental health. Although it is very sad at times, this book is so important because it reminds you that you’re not alone, that thousands of other people also suffer, and it’s okay not to be okay. I highly recommend this to you all!
The Walls by Hollie Overton.
What if murder is your only way out?
Single mom Kristy Tucker works as a press agent for the Texas Department of Corrections handling everything on death row from inmate interviews, to chronicling the last moments during an execution. Her job exposes Kristy to the worst of humanity and it’s one that’s beginning to take its toll.
So when Kristy meets Lance Dobson, her son’s martial arts instructor, she believes she’s finally found her happy ending. She’s wrong.
Kristy soon discovers that Lance is a monster. Forced to endure his verbal and physical abuse, Kristy is serving her own life sentence . . . unless she’s willing to take matters into her own hands. Perfectly poised to exploit the criminal justice system she knows so well, Kristy sets out to get rid of Lance – permanently.
This is a very very dark read, but I absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed Hollie Overton’s debut novel, ‘Baby Doll’, but I have to say that I think this one is even better. The premise is so unique and the characterisation is absolutely fantastic. It really makes you question what you would do if you were in Kristy [the protagonist’s] position. Truly terrifying, but also so compelling.
Blood Sisters by Jane Corry.
Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak properly, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here. At least that’s the story she’s sticking to.
Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right.
But someone is watching Kitty and Alison.
Someone who wants revenge for what happened that sunny morning in May.
And only another life will do…
I wasn’t expecting much from this book, and it completely blew me away. The story went to some unexpected places, and it constantly kept me on my toes whilst reading it. I never quite knew what was going to happen next, and I really appreciated that. If you like books narrated by multiple characters, that are utterly addictive, then this is the book for you!
The Fear by C.L. Taylor.
Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…
When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces.
Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused.
But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey…
C.L. Taylor is a fantastic author, but I have to say that she completely blew it out of the park with this book. I’ve loved all her books, but this one had such a fantastic premise, which made it a really standout book in my opinion. It does make you lose faith in humanity slightly and question all the things that are wrong with the world – but that’s exactly what a good psychological thriller should do!
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris.
Finn and Layla: young and in love, their whole lives ahead of them. Driving back from a holiday in France one night, Finn pulls in to a service station, leaving Layla alone in the car. When he returns, minutes later, Layla has vanished, never to be seen again. That’s the story Finn tells the police. It’s the truth – but not the whole truth.
Twelve years later, Finn has built a new life with Ellen, Layla’s sister, when he receives a phone call. Someone has seen Layla. But is it her – or someone pretending to be her? If it is her, what does she want? And what does she know about the night she disappeared?
I read this book right at the start of 2018, and it’s stayed with me ever since. I’ve loved B.A. Paris’ books, but she’s really outdone herself with this latest one. This book has such a killer twist that I could never have anticipated! The writing is fantastic, and the characters are truly amazing. If you like fast-paced psychological thrillers then look no further!
Happy reading 🙂