My Top Ten of 2017

Wow, hard to believe 2017 is almost at an end! Its been an absolute rollercoaster of a year, with some serious ups and downs but bookwise its been pretty damn good. I started the year aiming to read 50 books – but that went so well I’d already smashed that total by June and so I upped it to 100. Sadly, a tricky few weeks mean I’m going to fall short this year at around 90, but there’s been some absolute corkers amongst them and here are my top ten.

So, in no particular order… (Links will take you to my review)

The Vanishing Of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase – if you follow me on Twitter this won’t be a surprise! I LOVED this atmospheric and haunting story.

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig  = with the most endearingly quirky heroine you’ll meet, this book is both an inspiration and a heartbreak.

The Last Piece of my Heart by Paige Toon – this warm, gorgeous feel good book left me with a huge soppy smile!

I Know My Name by C J Cooke –  cleverly complex and thought provoking as well as being a compulsive page turner

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton  – this adrenaline packed race around Northumberland had me gripped

Little Sister by Isobel Ashdown – Sisters were a big thing in psychological thrillers this year, but this creepy, twisty page turner topped them.

Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys – Evocative,Captivating and intriguing. Life aboard this cruise ship had me hooked.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney –  compelling, original and twisty and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo – Romantic, tender, heart wrenching and emotionally intense and written with the most beautifully effortless prose I thought this was stunning

Sealskin by Su Bristow – magical, dark, enchanting and utterly absorbing, I adored Su Bristow’s lyrical storytelling from beginning to end.

Do you agree with my choices? Which of these made your top ten and have I missed out your favourite? Leave a comment below!

Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated Book For The Second Part of 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in top ten Tuesdays, hosted by The Broke and Bookish so today I’m joining in with my top ten most anticipated reads for the rest of 2017, although I actually found it too difficult so it’s more like most anticipated reads for the next couple of months.  
The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman 

If you could change the past, would you?

Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death. 

Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. 

At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own? (Published 29th June by Ebury )

Together by Julie Cohen 

This is not a great love story. 
This is a story about great love.

On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually does. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie’s actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret – one they will do absolutely anything to protect.

Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, David Nicholls’s One Day and M L Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans. (Published 13th July by Orion)

After I’ve Gone by Linda Green  


On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount checks Facebook and discovers her timeline appears to have skipped forward 18 months, to a day when shocked family and friends are posting heartbreaking tributes to her following her death in an accident. Jess is left scared and confused: is she the target of a cruel online prank or is this a terrifying glimpse of her true fate? 

Amongst the posts are photos of a gorgeous son she has not yet conceived. But when new posts suggest her death was deliberate, Jess realises that if she changes the future to save her own life, the baby boy she has fallen in love with may never exist. 
(Published July 27th by Quercus)

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 

She was fifteen, her mother’s 
golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. 
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. 

It’s been ten years since Ellie 
disappeared, but Laurel has never given up 
hope of finding her daughter.
And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet. 
Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter. 
Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away. 

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age.
And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. 

What happened to Ellie? Where did she go? 
Who still has secrets to hide? (Published 27th July by Century)

Friend Request by Laura Marshall 

When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

Because Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life knowing herself responsible for Maria’s disappearance. But now Maria is back. Or is she? 

(published July 27th by Sphere) 

This Beautiful Life by Katie Marsh 

The addictive and emotive new novel from Katie Marsh, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult.

‘I lived over half my life before I met you both, and I hope with all my heart to live many years more. You two are the reason why. Always, always the reason why.’

Abi Cooper is living her happy ending. She’s in remission and is ready to make the most of her second chance. But during Abi’s illness her family has fallen apart. Her husband John has made decisions that are about to come back to haunt him, while her teenage son Seb is battling with a secret of his own.

Set to the songs on Abi’s survival playlist, This Beautiful Life is the moving and uplifting story of what happens as Abi tries to put her family back together – and of why life, and love, are worth fighting for.  (published 10th August by Hodder)

Gather The Daughters  by Jennie Melamed

For fans of Emma Cline’s THE GIRLS and Emily St John Mandel’s STATION 11, this dark, unsettling and hugely compelling story of an isolated island cult will get under your skin.

GATHER THE DAUGHTERS tells the story of an end-of-the-world cult founded years ago when ten men colonised an island. It’s a society in which men reign supreme, breeding is controlled, and knowledge of the outside world is kept to a minimum. Girls are wives-in-training: at the first sign of puberty, they must marry and have children. But until that point, every summer, island tradition dictates that the children live wildly: running free, making camps, sleeping on the beach. And it is at the end of one such summer that one of the youngest girls sees something so horrifying that life on the island can never be the same again. (published 25th July by Tinder Press)

The Break by Marian Keyes 

Amy’s husband Hugh isn’t really leaving her.

At least, that’s what he promises. He is just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. For six-months Hugh will lose himself in south-east Asia, and there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.

Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet . . .

It’s been a long time since Amy held a briefcase in one hand and a baby in the other. She never believed she’d have to go it alone again. She just has to hold the family together until Hugh comes back.

But a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman?

Because falling in love is easy. The hard part – the painful, joyous, maddening, beautiful part – is staying in love. (Published 7th September by Penguin)

The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray Browne

Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show. 

Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied with Zoe, their mercurial twenty-seven-year-old lodger, Eleanor becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the house’s previous owners—including Emily, whose name is written hundreds of times on the walls of the upstairs room. 

(Published July 27th by Picador)

The Pool House by Tasmina Perry  

Someone lied. Someone died…

This dark, twisting novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Tasmina Perry will keep you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for everyone who’s been gripped by Showtime TV’s THE AFFAIR, Adele Parks’ THE STRANGER IN MY HOME and J. P. Delaney’s THE GIRL BEFORE. ‘Gripping… Great pace and brilliantly written. I loved it’ Daily Mail on The House on Sunset Lake

When you’re invited to spend summer in the Hamptons with a group of new friends, you agree – who wouldn’t? But then you realise you’re taking the place of another woman, a woman who died in mysterious circumstances, just the summer before. Your housemates tell you her death was an accident. But which of them has something to hide? (Published 7th September by Headline)

Wow, even that was difficult! There’s so many books I’m looking forward to in the next few months it’s hard to narrow to just ten – I’ve had books on and off this list I don’t know how many times and there’s still a few I’m regretting not being able to add. I’m lucky enough to have copies of some of these already and can’t wait to get my hands on the rest. Are any of these on your must read list for the next couple of months?