Hello, hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas!! Just to follow up on my last post, all the books I received from friends and family were non-fiction, so it seems they didn’t want to take any chances and get me something I may have already downloaded on my Kindle!
Anyway, 2017 has been a brilliant year for books. I have read more this year than any other, and I’ve been introduced to some amazing new authors (special mention here for Gillian McAllister), and some very original methods of storytelling.
But a list at the upcoming releases suggests that 2018 is going to be even better, so here are the three books I’m looking forward to most…
1. Let me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
Having read her first two books, I can say I’m a big fan of Mackintosh and her writing style. She delivers terrific – and unexpected – twists, and gripping plotlines, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store next.
Let me Lie is due to be released very soon, and the early reviews are really positive, which means that I’m full of antipation. All the signs are that it could rival her debut, I Let You Go. If this is the case, something special awaits.
2. Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
I don’t normally go for courtroom dramas in the literary sense, but the psychological aspect of this novel is what’s drawing me towards it. A high-profile marriage is rocked after the husband is accused of a terrible crime. His wife thinks it impossible, but it turns out she didn’t know him as well as she thought…
Again, the book has received very positive reviews. Besides that, it looks to raise pertinent moral questions and doesn’t shy away from the sinister undercurrent that exists within the Establishment. With all the issues surrounding UK politics right now, this could turn out to be a highly relevant and impactful work of fiction.
3. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
It may say Robert Galbraith on the cover, but we all know it’s actually J.K. Rowling! Her first three instalments of the Cormoran Strike series have been full of originality, and have given us excellent characterisation. The mysteries keep us guessing and a fascinating to read, but what really makes these novels special is the relationship between Strike and his assistant, Robin.
Personally, I cannot wait to find out what happened after the end of the last book, Career of Evil, where Strike just about made it in time to Robin’s wedding in a bid to re-appoint her, having at first sacked her for misconduct. It was such a teasing end from Rowling, so the outcome of that, and how things will develop mean that Lethal White is a tantalising prospect!