Authors I must read in 2017

Doing my Reviews by Author page a few weeks ago, I was struck by how many authors I say I am going to read more of and then never actually do. Having really enjoyed the first of their books that I’ve read I think I am likely missing out.

So, in an early New Year resolution, I have decided that in 2017 I am going to read at least one more book written by five of the authors that really jumped out at me and have stuck with me since reading their book (with links to their Goodreads or web pages for their names)….

Nicole Trope, whose book Blame I absolutely loved when I read it back in July. She has written six books but the one that really caught my eye is Hush, Little Bird, released in 2015.

25398542.jpgNicole Trope’s explosive fourth book tells the story of two very different women. One has been damaged by her disturbing past, the other is a society wife of a television celebrity. We meet them on the celebrity wife’s first day in a minimum security prison where the other, much younger, woman is also an inmate. As each woman tells her story in alternating chapters, we gradually come to know how they came to be in prison. As their pasts are revealed we start to realise that they have much more in common than their crimes. Only one woman knows the shocking secret that connects them, and she is determined to have her revenge

Update: read Forgotten – review here.

Peter Swanson, whose The Kind Worth Killing I read couldn’t put down with it’s many twists and turns. Peter’s third novel – Her Every Fear – is due out in January so that seems a good place to go next.

29938032.jpgThe danger isn’t all in your head . . .

Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life.

But soon after her arrival at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own—curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey’s. Alan saw Corbin surreptitiously come and go from Audrey’s place, yet he’s denied knowing her. Then, Kate runs into a tearful man claiming to be the dead woman’s old boyfriend, who insists Corbin did the deed the night that he left for London.

When she reaches out to her cousin, he proclaims his innocence and calms her nerves . . . until she comes across disturbing objects hidden in the apartment—and accidently learns that Corbin is not where he says he is. Could Corbin be a killer? And what about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, yet she isn’t sure. Jetlagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination full of dark images caused by the terror of her past, Kate can barely trust herself . . . So how could she take the chance on a stranger she’s just met?

Yet the danger Kate imagines isn’t nearly as twisted and deadly as what’s about to happen. When her every fear becomes very real.

And much, much closer than she thinks.

Update: Read – Review here.

Sara Gran, whose Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway was a completely different type of detective novel and which I read way back in 2015. This was the second in a series and, unfortunately, looking at Sara’s web site there won’t be a third anytime soon so I’ll have to go back to the first, which I haven’t read though it was released in 2011.

9231999Sara Gran has written a novel about an unprecedented private investigator named Claire DeWitt. Destiny, it seems, has chosen Claire to be a detective, planting a copy of the enigmatic book Détection in her path as a teenager. Claire has grabbed this destiny with both hands but fate has been cruel. Twenty years later detection is her religion and Détection is her Bible.

Now she is summoned to New Orleans, because someone has heard she is “the best,” to search for an upstanding citizen lost in the miasma of Katrina. The battered and beggared New Orleans, second only to Claire, is the star of this story. Thus the title.

Alex Marwood, whose book The Darkest Secret I thought was really clever and not what I expected at all. I’m going to go back to the beginning with this author and read a book that has been on my to read list since it first came out.

11940384One fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time and by the end of the day are charged with murder.

Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it’s the first time they’ve seen each other since that dark day when they were just children. But with new lives – and families – to protect, will they really be able to keep their secret hidden?

And finally, Colleen Hoover, whose November 9 is one of the few romances I have ever read and enjoyed. I reviewed it a year ago yesterday and it got me stepping outside my comfort zone and is something I feel like I should do more of. With so many books to chose from I have gone with the most popular on Goodreads.

15717943Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

I have high hopes for all these books and hope to continue to remain in love with all the authors. What about you – what authors do you wish you could read more of…any of them also on my list?

Emma

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4 thoughts on “Authors I must read in 2017

  1. […] up, I’ll go with my personal challenge – to read a second book by authors I read last year and swore I would read more of.  There were five authors – Nicole Trope, Colleen Hoover, Alex Marwood, Sarah Gran and […]

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