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Top 5 Books of 2020

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and are looking forward to 2021. In today’s blog post, I’ll be naming my top 5 books of 2020! You can find my top 5 books of 2019 here. This year has been extremely difficult due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, and I have had periods of reading heavily and periods of reading slumps. But that being said, I have read some absolutely fantastic books this year that I urge you all to read! Many of the books mentioned in this post were read during the last month or so (purely coincidental!) and I haven’t gotten around to reviewing them yet – so please keep your eyes out for future review posts.

Have you read any of these books? What were your favourite books you read during 2020? Let me know in the comments below…

The Runaway by Hollie Overton.


When forensic psychologist Becca Ortiz fosters teenage runaway Ash, she knows she will love and protect her as if she were her own daughter.

Ash may have turned her back on her old life but there is still one person she can’t bear to lose. Now he is about to drag her back into a dark world where no one is safe.

To save her daughter Becca will have to venture into LA’s terrifying criminal underworld…

Can she find her before it’s too late?

Dramatic, tense and full of suspense … click here to read my full review.

The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry.

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.

Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.

Shocking, saddening and utterly compelling … click here to read my full review.

The Shadow Man by Helen Fields.

He collects his victims. But he doesn’t keep them safe.

Elspeth, Meggy and Xavier are locked in a flat. They don’t know where they are, and they don’t know why they’re there. They only know that the shadow man has taken them, and he won’t let them go.

Desperate to escape, the three of them must find a way out of their living hell, even if it means uncovering a very dark truth.

Because the shadow man isn’t a nightmare. He’s all too real.

And he’s watching.

Full review coming soon … watch this space!

The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen.

Sisterhood binds them. Trauma defines them. Will secrets tear them apart?

Leah’s perfect marriage isn’t what it seems but the biggest lie of all is that she’s learned to live with what happened all those years ago. Marie drinks a bit too much to help her forget. And Carly has never forgiven herself for not keeping them safe.

Twenty years ago The Sinclair Sisters were taken. But what came after their return was far worse. Can a family ever recover, especially when not everyone is telling the truth…?

Full review coming soon … watch this space!

The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean.

He is her husband. She is his captive.

Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.

She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.

Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn’t like what he sees, she is punished.

For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting . . .

Full review coming soon … watch this space!

Happy reading 🙂

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