Since it seems that I am the only one who hasn't yet done it, I've decided to post my top 2015 reads too. It was a very difficult choice and even though I wanted it narrowed down to 10 books, I couldn't not mention all 12 that I absolutely loved and enjoyed reading this past year. Not listed in any particular order and accompanied with quotes from my reviews and an Amazon link, these are:
"Renita D'Silva took me on an unforgettable, mesmerising journey spanning decades and continents."
"The intricate detail the author puts in each and every sentence brings the story and its characters to life, together with a myriad of sights, sounds and even smells."
"Thanks to the author's vivid descriptions, I was taken back to medieval Pisa. I could clearly visualise the tower houses, the dark, dangerous alleys and the galleys travelling up and down the Arno river."
"...a story of love, dreams, rivalry and jealousy..."
"The queen of darkness is back, and she's back with a vengeance."
"...this book is literally shrouded in gloom. Evil seeps out of every page. It is a dark, scary, atmospheric read, and Caroline's vivid descriptions of the surroundings made goosebumps spring on my flesh."
"This is the kind of book that grabs you by the throat from the very first chapter and doesn't let you breathe till you have turned the last page."
"The author did a fantastic job in putting into words the shock, the internal turmoil and mental stress experienced by certain characters..."
"I can only describe this book as 'rich': rich in vivid descriptions, rich in strong, likeable characters, rich in realistic dialogue and rich in action. Not mentioning Faith's exquisite writing which makes the words just flow by, immersing the reader in the story."
"This book is truly an Adrenaline shot!"
"Angela Marsons never disappoints and once again with 'Lost Girls' she has proved her great talent at writing cracking, edge-of-your-seat thrillers."
"If you're in for a boost of excitement, and a nail-biting thriller, I highly recommend you this book."
"Holy Moly! This book is absolutely one of the best psychological thrillers I've read in a long time."
"Thanks to Sibel's beautiful and flawless prose, reading this book was extremely enjoyable. Pages just flew by."
"A well-thought out, clever plot, unwavering suspense and tension from start to finish and chapters ending in cliffhangers kept me pinned to my kindle until I had practically devoured the whole book."
"With on-going action from start to finish, (including Lorne kicking a few table legs), this is a very fast-paced book in which Lorne is given no respite."
"The ending is surprising and emotional. It is tear-shedding, jubilant and sad at the same time."
"This is another great addition to the Justice series and I highly recommend it!"
"Oh my, oh my!! I've just finished reading this book and am still reeling from the whirlpool of emotions I've been through. The story sucked me in from the very beginning and kept me pinned to my kindle till the end."
"I could almost feel the pain, the anguish, the suffering, the anger but also the joy, the hope and love experienced by these characters."
"Mel Sherratt has drawn out a fantastic, cleverly weaved plot."
"I found myself biting my nails on more than one occasion. The ending left me gasping for breath."
"With strongly depicted and realistic characters, believable dialogue and Mel's impeccable writing, this book is a must for every thriller lover."
"This is a very 'atmospheric book', the author makes you feel you're actually there. I was spellbound by the setting of the story - the small tidal island of Lindisfarne..."
"This story is very intriguing with many twists, turns, red herrings and many possible suspects. All characters are well drawn out and believable and the author makes the reader suspicious of practically every one of them."
"The main character, TV news reporter Cora Baxter is such a great character. Funny, witty and glamorous, you cannot do otherwise but fall in love with her."
"It really shows that the author has drawn from her vast experience in news reporting and journalism to write this book."
"It's a clever combination of murder mystery, comedy and romance..."