Here is a list of my favorite reads of 2019!
Because You're Mine by Rea Frey
This is not only a beautifully written novel, but smart, complicated (but not confusing) and full of suspense. She has written another suspense Not Her Daughter (which will soon be a major motion picture) that reinforces her extreme talent and ability to captivate. This is an author that never disappoints and is due to release her third suspense (Until I Find You) in August 2020!
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
This story completely blew me away. I don't drop my jaw often when I finish a book, but did with this one! This was a perfect mixture of reality and fantasy with a darkness that you can't help but love. A MUST read!
One Little Secret by Cate Holahan
The cover of this novel caught my eye but the story within held me tight. I felt truly connected to her characters and appreciated the realism in their storylines. You can get a lot of great inspiration from how she develops her characters!
The Night Before by Wendy Walker
Brilliantly constructed story where you are guessing until the very end. Her timing is perfect and she has a way of presenting each character just enough to make you feel like you know their motives but twists on you every time you feel like you've figured it out!
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
I've recommended this one a million times by now. Snarky, cynical, funny and dark. What more do you need? This author recently completed a script that is being made into a movie called Til Death which plays on the "campy 90s slasher films" (as she puts it!) and I just KNOW it will be nothing short of amazing!
While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
I love any story from this era (late 60s/early 70s) as I feel like there is always something mysterious and untethered about it. Sue Miller really grasps that and does a fantastic job at setting the scene in a way that you can visualize it smoothly. This is a gut-wrenching and unnerving story that you won't want to put down.
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
This author knows how to write a great suspense. She puts you right in Rowan Caine's head and you see, hear and feel everything she does... until the bitter end. A chilling story that keeps the wonder of what it is you should fear.
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
This is an author I met at a writer's conference and I LOVE to read anything by someone I know (for several reasons). It's a YA novel set in a dystopian world where you follow the journey of a young woman who has fled during a revolution and hopes to find a safe, neutral place to live. Kayla does a beautiful job with her scenery descriptions which is so important in a story like this. She knows how much to say that fills you in, but keeps the story moving. Fanastic read!
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
While I was in the middle of writing a southern fiction novel myself, I started on this for a little Inspo. It's based on a young girl whose mother left her alone with her abusive father, forcing her to raise herself. Only, she's an outcast as she grows older and is blamed for the murder of the town's golden boy. I loved this book because of how the author was able to fill her story despite the girl being essentially alone.
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
Jodi is another author that you have to love. This is the first I've read of hers that is told in reverse which was a bit confusing but in the end, was impressed once again! I loved all the different perspective and how you learn their significance over time.