My Top Ten Books & Series of 2015 Part 2!!!

Ok, so this is part 2 of my Best of 2015. You can catch part 1 HERE!!

In this post I’m only talking about book series. Once again, these are in no particular order!!

My Favourite Book Series of 2015

  • Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series.

The first two books are Snowblind (read my review HERE) and its follow-up Nightblind (read my 5  STAR review HERE). I loved both of these books, the latter just edges it for me though. One of my absolute favourites of the year. Orenda Books are on a publishing roll! 🙂

 

  • LJ Ross DCI Ryan Series

Holy Island and Sycamore Gap are both superb reads. I love Louise’s writing style and they are both fantastic books. My review for Holy Island is HERE and my 5 STAR review for Sycamore Gap is HERE.

 

  • Angela Marsons’ DI Kim Stone series

WOW! One of the only words I can use to describe these books. I devoured them one after another for Bookouture Thriller Week. Each book is brilliant in its own right, but I reviewed the three together in a triple decker revie. You can read my 3 x 5 STAR review for Silent Scream, Evil Games and Lost Girls HERE!

 

  • Caroline Mitchell’s DC Jennifer Knight series

Bookouture have some great authors and books this year! I read both of these supernatural crime thriller books this year and thoroughly enjoyed them. Don’t Turn Around is a superb introduction to DC Knight and you can read my review HERE. The follow-up is Time To Die. This book was way creepier than the first, I likened it to Hitchcock’s The Birds, and you can read my 5 STAR review HERE.

 

  • Mel Sherratt as Marcie Steele

These books aren’t a series, but I feel they have to get a mention as they are written by crime writer Mel Sherratt and they are chick lit. Not my usual genre at all, but I read and loved both Stirred with Love and That’s What Friends Are For (read my 5 STAR review HERE). Although not a series, I’m still including them!

 

Well, that’s part two finished with! Any standout reads for you this year?! 🙂

My Top Ten Books & Series of 2015 Part 1!!!

This is my first ever Top Ten list that I’ve done for the  blog and my god but it’s hard!

I’ve read so many great books this year, more than any other year, so there are a lot of standouts for me.

I’m also mindful of the fact that I don’t want to offend any of the lovely authors whom I have ‘met’ over the past year thanks to Twitter and Facebook.

While compiling the list, I’ve noticed that quite a few books I’ve read fall into the category of series as opposed to standalones, so I will separate the lists into two posts instead.

 

TOP 10 BOOKS

In no particular order:

  • For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood.

 

An absolutely stunning debut novel that has left me wanting more since I finished it. You can read my 5 STAR review HERE.

 

 

  • The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.

 

A masterclass in epic plot twists, this book had me hooked from the first page. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Funnily enough, I never wrote up  a review after I finished it. Another 5 STAR book for me.

 

  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.

 

Another contender for best plot twists, my jaw dropped when i go to the biggest twist. I just couldn’t believe it. I had to re-read the previous pages to make sure I had read it right!! You can read my review HERE.

 

  • Normal by Graeme Cameron

 

This book was unique in that you are essentially in the mind of the killer as opposed to reading about them. It was a brilliant take on the normal style and I loved it. My 4 STAR review is HERE.

 

  • I Am Death by Chris Carter

 

No list of great books is complete for me without including a book by Chris. This year’s release was I Am Death and it was superb. I love all of Chris’s books but I was eagerly anticipating this one and thoroughly enjoyed it. My 5 STAR review is HERE.

 

  • The Widow by Fiona Barton

 

This book is one to watch in 2016. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of the book from the publisher and loved it. You can read my 4 STAR review HERE.

 

  • The Perfectionist by Simon Duke

 

Another one to watch out for, released in January 2016. I was lucky enough to help Simon with some promo on my blog and get to read an ARC of his book. I really enjoyed it, it has a great plot twist near the end! I gave it 5 STARS and you can read my full review HERE.

 

  • The Lobster Boy and The Fat Lady’s Daughter by Charles Kriel

 

This book deserves to be on this list because it is one of the most unique, fun and different books I have read in a long time. It was a breath of fresh air when I read such similar books all the time. My 5 STAR review can be read HERE.

 

  • The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette

How could I not include this book?! A superb book based on the London Bombings. I loved this book, and it was an easy 5 STAR read from me. My review in full is HERE.

 

  • The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

I read this as part of Bookouture Thriller Week and absolutely loved it! I read it super fast, it was just so engrossing. You can read my full 5 STAR review HERE.

 

In my next post, I’m going to be listing my Best Book Series of 2015! 😊

 

 

Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson 


First off, massive thank you to Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books for my copy of Nightblind. I’m delighted to have gotten to read it and now write my review. Ooh, and thanks for the chocolate too! I’m saving that! 😉

 



 

Secondly, in case you don’t follow me on social media, I AM QUOTED in this book!!! *pinch me moment* 

(Check out my talons! 😉 )

 

 

About the book: (via Goodreads) 

 

Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him.

The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will.

Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.

 

My thoughts:


I always wonder when an author you love writes a spectacular book, can they continue to write books that you know you will love even before opening the first page…

 
In Ragnar Jónasson’s case, ABSOLUTELY!!!

 
I have been eagerly waiting for Nightblind for weeks, and have not stopped singing its predecessors (Snowblind) praises on Twitter and Facebook for months.
Nightblind begins a few years after Snowblind, with Ari Thór still working as the police in Siglufjörðor, passed over for promotion to Inspector, but back with Kristín and a father to baby Stefnir.

 

The book opens with the murder of the other policeman, Herjólfur, at a desolate and dilapidated house near the edge of the town.

 

Ari Thór is tasked with finding out what happened, and he calls in his old work colleague Tomás to help with the investigation.

 

Small towns and tight communities make for difficult work when it comes to finding out what has happened and sometimes people aren’t always what they seem.

 

Nightblind is a beautifully written mystery. It echoes days gone by, bringing past and present day secrets together in a quietly chilling way.

 

The subdued nature of the story is offset by Jónasson’s superb writing style, bringing alive characters who see each suffering in their own way.
Nightblind is also a stunning lesson in Icelandic geography. Jónasson has a wonderful way of painting pictures with words and each sentence adds an extra dimension to scenery.

 

This book has been worth the wait, without a doubt. The Dark Iceland series are fast earning a place on my favourites of all time list.

 

The elegant prose, coupled with the chilling, almost sleepy location, make for an utterly enthralling read.

 

An easy 5 stars for me, all the stars, always. ❤️

Dave’s Top Ten Books of 2015

Hi everyone,

Dave Hardy is the latest addition to Bibliophile Book Club as a guest poster whenever he has time! Yay! 😊

This evening, he is sharing with us, his top ten reads of the year, in no particular order I’m told!!! 😉

The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul Hardisty



The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

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Prayer For The Dead by James Oswald



Dead Man Walking by Paul Finch



You Belong To Me by Samantha Hayes



Escape to Perdition by James Silvester

  

The Lie by C.L Taylor

  

Murder in Malmö by Torquil Macleod

  

How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst

The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto