Monday, December 31, 2018

Best Books of 2018 [Published in 2018]

With 2018 coming to a close, it's time to post one of my 'best of' lists for books published in 2018. Of the 169 books I read in 2018, 62 of those were published in 2018 (I think that's a new world record for me). Spread across a variety of genres and mediums, the list resembles an eclectic mix. 

My Top 10 Reads of 2017

The rules: Well, there really isn't one except, to qualify, I had to have rated the book 5 stars on Goodreads (of the 2018 published book crop, this meant I had 26 books to choose from). 

This Years Best Crime Fiction and True Crime (so far) Published in 2018

Without further delay here's the creme de la creme (in no particular order):

Sydney Noir, edited by John Dale (Brio Books) - a collection of short stories set in Australia, part of the Akashic Noir series. 

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (Orbit)a great dystopian Sci-Fi that blends sci-fi with tech-fi to create a scarily plausible future

Believe Me by J.P. Delaney (Quercus) - a complex and addictive crime thriller. 

Punishment by Scott J. Holliday (Thomas & Mercer) - a futuristic blend of tech-fi and crime. 

Darkest Web by Eileen Ormsby (Allen & Unwin) - the topical nature of the non-fiction peak-behind-the-curtain account of dark web warriors is not for the squeamish.

Unnatural by Mirka Andolfo (Image Comics)a fun and wholly entertaining light erotica with fantastical elements.

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (Little Brown)a tension-filled novel that threatens to boil at any moment.

Don't Believe It by Charlie Donlea (Bantam) a perfect fit for true crime documentary and podcast buffs; the novel has all the hallmarks of an addictive TV show playing out in real time.

I'll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara (Harper) - the most gripping and suspenseful true crime book I've read in a long time. 

Retribution by Richard Anderson (Scribe)a blue-blooded rural crime novel which envelopes the reader in a dust encrusted film of Australia's outback dirt.

The Cyclist by Anthony Neil Smith (Bastei Entertainment) - an entertaining modern day honey-trap.

Fugitive Red by Jason Starr (Oceanview) a unique blue-collar domestic noir - with a twist. 

The Upper Hand by Johnny Shaw (Thomas & Mercer)both lighthearted and loaded with emotional depth, this is a genuinely great all-round read. 

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