It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to write a blog post and I’ve missed it so much. Instead of coming back with a review, I wanted to share my favorites of 2020 so far! There have been some incredible releases and backlist reads I’ve been lucky to get my hands on.
This isn’t in any particular order and by no means are these my only favorites of the year. These are just the ones that stood out the most to me. I’ve loved all of these for different reasons and will link a review from my Instagram page to each post. I highly recommend picking up a copy of any one of these incredible reads!
Darling Rose Gold
This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and it did not disappoint. I read this back around April and said then that this was my favorite book of the year. I still stand by that claim.
The moment I saw Crime by the Book’s review of this novel, it was immediately added to my tbr. The Return was atmospheric and instantly relatable in terms of it’s commentary on female friendship. Throw in a little, or a lot, of body horror elements and a Hotel that is a character in its own right, you have one hell of a novel. The only thing that made this better was chatting with Rachel herself. She’s just as cool as you’d expect!
I was incredibly lucky to receive an advanced copy of this one from Celadon books. I can’t tell you how long I was on cloud 9 after receiving it. So while it was a gifted copy my review of this was still honest. I loved it more than The Whisper Man. Not much creeps me out but this novel really got under my skin. Lucid dreaming is fascinating but couple that with Charlie, a creepy kid who is definitely up to no good, and a horrific murder, it’s an incredibly sinister combination.
This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s important to go into it understanding it’s not a thriller. It’s more literary suspense with poignant commentary on our current justice system, social constructs, and how we treat survivors of sexual assault. This will not be a book I ever forget. This is out August 4th! Consider pre-ordering it.
A Good Girls Guide to Murder
Do I need to say more?
Death In The Family
Calling all locked-room mystery lovers! This book is for you. I fell in love with Shana Merchant and her troubled background. The second installment will be released at the end of this year and I couldn’t be more excited! Tessa Wegert is such a delight to talk to. Her writing methods and generosity gave me a whole new appreciation for this novel.
The Other People
I’m a huge CJ Tudor fan. When I found out this was being released earlier this year, I couldn’t have been happier. If you’ve read her first two novels, you can see how this one is a combination of both; blending crime with a bit of a supernatural force.
Eight Perfect Murders
It wasn’t until joining bookstagram that I finally read a Swanson novel. Even before reading Her Every Fear, I was stoked for this novel. It was the perfect cozy mystery that will take you for one hell of a ride.
I hope you can find a new favorite from this list! If you’ve read any here, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to comment below or reach out on Instagram, @davynsden