Top Reads for 2017 – Part One

Holy crap. This year flew by! I also can’t believe how many books I managed to squeeze into the (almost) 365 days of 2017. Considering in 2016 I didn’t set a reading goal and I maybe read a couple books a month (which isn’t a bad thing!) Where I really started to catch my stride was when I picked up THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins – which was towards November of 2016.

The next one that kept that momentum was BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris. This was also the book that started the #CJSReads buddy read! Chandra and Sam started a discussion with me about it, and well, here we are now 🙂

I think that the reason for my current number of read books (312) is because of the #CJSReads buddy read and the #allthebookreviews partner read I’ve been co-hosting. I know some people aren’t fans of reading books together and trying to keep a pace with others, but I think that’s what pushed me to continue reading so many books. As we all know, it’s very simple to set a book down and forget about it with how busy life gets, but reading in tandem with someone else helped me make sure I set aside some time every day to enjoy reading.

With so many books read this year, it was pretty much impossible for me to pick only 10 books. So this will be a three part post! I decided do these based on the time of year. So this part will be for the first 4 months of the year, and so on!

As a disclaimer – I’m making sure to pick books that were published in 2017 (or earlier). So favorites like THE WIFE BETWEEN US and THE CHALK MAN will not be included (but you should totally have those on your list for January!)

 

TOP BOOKS FOR 2017 – PART ONE

January 2017 – April 2017

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THE DRY – Jane Harper

5/5 stars – A fast pace crime thriller and a fantastic debut. If you want a mystery set in a small town that will keep you guessing until the end, with plenty of twists and turns, then THE DRY should already be on your TBR.

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LITTLE GIRL LOST – Carol Wyer

5/5 stars – The first book of the DI Robyn Carter series and what an addictive thriller it is. You better make sure to clear out some time in your schedule, because you won’t be able to put this down. Multiple POVs, a missing girl, and a twist you won’t see coming, make for a incredible thriller!

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HER EVERY FEAR – Peter Swanson

5/5 stars – This was a book that solidified my love for psychological thrillers. Muliple POVs, past and present, red herrings, and an ending you didn’t see coming. Peter Swanson is on my list of authors that are now an auto-buy!

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DISTRESS SIGNALS – Catherine Ryan Howard

5/5 stars – I feel that 2017 was the year of great debuts in the thriller genre. Catherine Ryan Howard did not disappoint with this novel set on a cruise ship. Disappearances and spouses trying to find them make for a page turning read!

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DOLL HOUSE – John Hunt

5/5 stars – Do you like captive thrillers? Girls being held captive in a house by two men in animal masks. They thought their nightmare was over when they escaped, but it has only just begun. This will have you looking over your shoulder long after reading.

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THE CUTAWAY – Christina Kovac

5/5 stars – A crime thriller from a new perspective! Most crime novels are from the perspective of the investigation police officers, but this one is through the eyes of a news reporter that’s covering the case. Another great debut that will suck the reader in from the first chapter.

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IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME – Amy Hatvany

5/5 stars – This one pulled away from the thrillers that I was reading most of the year, but it’s one that stands out the most. With sexual assault being such a prevalent topic in today’s society, I feel that this is a book everyone should read. The long term effects and how a single night can change the lives of everyone involved – even family members. A very eye-opening novel that needs to be on everyone’s TBR.

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IF WE WERE VILLAINS – M.L. Rio

5/5 stars – Combining murder mystery with Shakespeare and you’ll get M.L. Rio’s IF WE WERE VILLAINS. On the day of his release from prison, Oliver is ready to tell the story of what really happened 10 years ago to Detective Colborne. We get to see the events unfold from that night a decade ago – did Oliver do it?

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BLEEDING HEART – Lauren Bishop

5/5 stars – Another captive thriller that will have you mesmerized. I couldn’t put this one down! From the multiple POVs to the flashbacks to the suspense, it has everything you could possibly want out of a psychological thriller.

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A WELCOME MURDER – Robin Yocum

5/5 stars – A small town experiences the murder of a high profile resident. With a list of potential suspects, the novel focuses more on the characters and their potential involvement. Even though it is a crime thriller/suspense, we don’t get bombarded with the heavy police procedural perspective. Lots of great characters and you’ll be bouncing back and forth as to who you think did it.

 

 

Thanks for the support this year and I’m so excited to share more with all of you in 2018!

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 🙂

–Jess

 

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