2017 was a great year for crime fiction. While the psychological thriller genre is still going strong, the domestic noir and chiller scene appears to be dying down somewhat. 2018 is set to make a bang book-wise, in terms of the crime thriller genre, which sees the police procedural's and hard-boiled titles take a front seat, so long as they have that psychological edge we all know and love. Being in the business, I have to keep up with trends and recent Hot New Releases in the Top 100 Amazon charts are thankfully, as predicted by The Bookseller last year, covering themes with a wider reach. Social issues, life adversity, how the political and cultural landscape affects us all, throughout the world, on an individual and collective basis. Things, as a psychologist, I strongly believe when written about, discussed, and debated can break the silence on, raise the profile for, and incite changes in policy by. So without further ado, below are twenty reads I'm most looking forward to, which I'm sure you'll love. All of which contain subjects such as: phobias, shame, relationship problems, guilt, loss, paranoia, secrets, lies, how our personal history shapes the people we become, and how our beliefs are created through discourse and the meanings we attach to thoughts, events, and behaviours.
Graeme Cameron, Dead Girls
Silent Victim, Caroline Mitchell
The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks
Anatomy Of A Scandal, Sarah Vaughn
The Woman in the Window, A. J. Finn
The Guilty Wife, Elle Croft
The Confession, Jo Spain
The Day She Disappeared, Christobel Kent
Skin Deep, Liz Nugent
The Liars Girl, Catherine Ryan Howard
Believe Me, JP Delaney
Tell Me I'm Wrong, Adam Croft
In The Dark, Cara Hunter
Tragic Shoes, Thomas H. Cook
The Chosen Ones, Howard Linskey
White Bodies, Jane Robins
The Stranger, Kate Riordan
The Fear, C. L. Taylor
The Chalk Man, C. J. Tudor
Sometimes I kill, Alice Feeney
I've saved the best to last. Dead Wrong, by A. J. Thomas is published in February. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this title, and here is my review:
A sharply plotted, tense, well-structured serial killer thriller, depicting what makes a murderer. Are they born or bred to kill?
Eric and Joe are brothers: one is harbouring a secret, one is behind bars, and both are lying.
Detective Faulkner doesn't appear until halfway through, when the killings begin.
There are several themes running concurrently throughout this title: what circumstances might lead an average Joe to commit heinous crimes, the pros and cons of the death penalty, and what justice looks like.
I couldn't put this book down, from the first page to the last. There are a few twists - one in the middle of the book - that threw me off kilter, and the ending took my breath away.
I highly recommend this book to crime fiction lovers, and am looking forward to reading more from the series.
If that doesn't convince you to buy it, these reviews will:
'Ingenious engineering' CrimeFictionBookBlog
'Hooked from page one' FiveStarReads
'A gripping start to a murderous series' Emmy'sCrimeShelf
Below is the blurb:
Joe is facing the death penalty for a series of grisly murders that spread fear through Austin, Texas in 2005. Three months before he’s due to be executed new evidence comes to light forcing his lawyer back to prison to face his client, determined to prove Joe’s innocence before it’s too late. Because despite his guilty plea thirteen years ago, certain things don’t add up.
Since suffering a childhood marred by their abusive alcoholic father, the brothers have stuck together with iron-clad strength. But while Joe lived alone, working as a valet for the garage his brother inherited, Eric left home, went to college, got married, and had kids.
Things were okay.
But that summer changed everything.
Their mom died.
Joe’s grief turned to anger.
Eric’s wife left him.
Cara’s vehicle never made it home.
Joe was the last person to touch her car.
Eric saw her die.
A serial killer thriller, exploring what makes a murderer (Detective Faulkner, One)