To me, nothing is scarier than reality, especially 2020 reality. While I can blissfully disdain most tales of ghosts, ghouls and other things that go bump in the night, I find it much harder to be blasé about the terrifying things people do to each other. Which is why my perfect scary read is a good thriller, and the last few years have delivered a lot of those. And since we are all by virtue of the unique circumstance of a global pandemic, locked in our own homes, I thought the ideal Halloween read just might be a locked room mystery. Here are some recent releases I’ve loved: […]
Last year’s trend amongst suspense and mystery novels seemed to be the domestic thriller. Books like Lisa Jewel’s Then She Was Gone or the outstanding Our House by Louise Candlish, focused on families in the middle of a dark crisis. Towards the end of the year, the focus seemed to be leaning more towards friends and the dangers inherent in trusting the wrong people with our secrets. […]
The suspense market is so glutted right now that is easy to find amazing books to fill your shelves. It is equally easy to find books which sound intriguing but wind up being deeply disappointing. To help you separate the gold from the dross, Shannon and I have compiled a Best Of List sure to be of use to even the most finicky of readers.
Best Price Point Novel
Maggie: No doubt about it, suspense is a hot market right now and publishers are taking advantage of that by putting some of these books in a high price range – many of my favorites for the year ranged from $12.00 to $15.00 in Kindle. I’m glad some of my favorite authors continue to publish at a slightly lower cost. Easily my favorite books in the lower price range were Lisa Clark […]
Another year, another list of books that I think others simply must buy and read to live happy, fulfilling lives. Or at least, to feel like they’ve read the best of the best of the year that was. This year I had a really hard time picking as the first ten months or so saw me perusing some truly amazing books. Here is my (whittled down) list of my favorite romances/romantic reads.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik A retelling of Rumpelstiltskin that captures all that is best about fantasy, fairy tales and romance this is easily my top read of the year. Heroine Miryem is the perfect match for the powerful, ruthless Staryk king and the fact that it takes them a whole novel to figure that out is a treat and treasure for the reader.
Buy it […]
In our last column, Shannon and I discussed psychological thrillers, a brand of mystery which is dominating the bestseller list right now. This time out we tackle the domestic thriller. A domestic thriller is essentially a mystery novel which centers around familial relationships. It can involve an ex – such as The Girl on the Train – a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, mom, dad or sibling or current spouse. They are always eerie reminders that we can never really know another person – even someone we love deeply. […]
Sales figures for books in the digital age can be tricky. That’s because independently published e-books can sell quite well without making a great deal of money for the author or affecting print sales at all. And that matters because ebook sales continue to decline, which means print sales continue to lead market trends. When it comes to determining what sells most, figures vary. According to Nielsen BookScan, which bases their data on number of sales, the most popular books in 2015 were general adult fiction followed by romance and suspense/thrillers. According to Statistica the most popular genre is thrillers, and according to Publishers Weekly romance is seeing a steady decline while thrillers are seeing a steady uptick. Statistics also tell us that women read more fiction than men and that we are the primary readers for mystery and romance.
All that math is my […]
a Blog Blast from the Past
originally published on December 14, 2012
Prior to this challenge, I had read only a handful of romances starring African American characters. My favorite of those books wasn’t even technically a romance – What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage is actually a woman’s fiction book and an Oprah’s Book Club selection. […]
2017 has not been a good reading year for me. So far, I have read only 110 books, while I typically average about 150. The majority of the books I read that were published in 2017 were Women’s Fiction and mystery titles; romances comprised probably a quarter of what I perused. Adding to my woes is the fact that several of my go-to authors published downright lackluster fare this year. But there is some light at the end of this tunnel. Easily the most impressive, scintillating and addictive of the novels I read was Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner. If you haven’t read it yet, rush out and buy it. It’s absolutely fabulous. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a drop of romance. Not one teensy-tiny little bit. Fortunately, I can recommend a few other books which are romantic, if not always romance, and which are well worth reading.
This book is on sale today for 2.99 at all vendors. This was Kubica’s debut and we thought it would be fun to run this 2014 interview again!
“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”
This is what we learn from the back cover of Mary Kubica’s debut novel The Good Girl.
Center to the story is Mia Dennett, a young woman who is a portrait in contradictions. Her upper middle class family seems to have it all. Her father is a prominent Chicago judge, her mother a stunningly beautiful socialite, her sister a successful lawyer. Mia is an inner-city art […]
The annual Reading Challenge that used to run on the Message Boards has been one of AAR’s most popular features, and a few weeks back, we asked for suggestions and prompts for the 2017 Challenge, which we’re going to run here on the AAR blog.
Goal: Clear books that have been on your TBR for a month or more.
Rules: (Totally not enforced so feel free to be freewheeling with them!) Choose a challenge, and then read 17 (or 10 or 12) books that match the criteria listed within the challenge to complete it.
Here’s how it’s going to work: At the beginning of every month, there will be a blog post for you to comment about the books you read throughout the month – this is the post for January. You can just list the titles of the books you read, or you can write a short review, or whatever you like – if […]