My Top Reads of 2015

It’s been quite a year for me as my own debut novel was published in July. Its meant that I’ve had to carve out dedicated time and space for reading books that might otherwise have become lost in my gargantuan TBR pile. Bloggers have been publishing their ‘best of’ lists all December and I’ve enjoyed reading them to see how our thoughts compare. And In Bitter Chill has been lucky enough to feature on some of the choices. However, now is my turn and, although I tried to keep it to five as in previous years, I cheated and made it six top choices for 2015.

233570921. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Here’s a book that’s featured on a number of  highlights of 2015 and rightly so. There’s a Hitchcockian devilry in the plot’s construction and the book’s premise – two people who meet on a plane and hatch a murder plot – has lots of scope for mishap and criminality. A book I read in one sitting it was so good.

2. Satellite People by Han Olav Lahlumsatellite-people-978023076953301

We were treated to two books by Lahlum this year and I slightly preferred the plot of Satellite People. A clear homage to Agatha Christie (he dedicates the book to her), for us fans of the queen of crime it was enjoyable to spot the references to her books. But an enjoyable read in its own right too.

237030503. The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul Hardisty

An intriguing title that seemed to unsettle my fellow passenger on the plane to the States. But it is a great book that demonstrates how thrillers can be both well written and engrossing. Hardisty is a writer with a promising future ahead of him.

4. Sleeping Dogs by Thomas Mogford.sleepingdogs

Mogford made it into my top reads of 2014 and he’s done it again this year. His book featuring Gibraltar detective Spike Sanguinetti is written to a consistently high quality and Sleeping Dogs was set in a country I know well, Greece.

51KZmDXMg9L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_5. The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Yrsa won the Petrona Award for translated Scandinavian crime fiction for her previous book, Silence of the Sea. The Undesired is a standalone thriller that managed to chill me to the denouement. Her endings, without giving any spoilers, can be brutal and she never flinches from exposing the worst of the human psyche.

6. Untouchable by Ava MarshUntouchable

A great debut by another writer who shows plenty of promise. Untouchable is the story of a London call girl who takes on the investigation of one of her fellow workers. A tightly written story that I’ve been telling all my friends to read.

So those are my highlights of 2015. I’ve got plenty to read over Christmas and New Year and I’m looking forward to bringing you more reviews in 2016. And if you want to find out which of these books was my outright favourite, sign up for my newsletter with the button on the right. All will be revealed next week.

20 thoughts on “My Top Reads of 2015

  1. tracybham

    I have none of these and have not even sampled earlier works by these authors. I will have to wait awhile to even think about getting them. My TBR pile is way too high. However, I do have to try Thomas Mogford in 2016. The location intrigues me.


  2. kathy d.

    Omigosh, more good books to put on my TBR list! Will have to figure this out.
    I’d say “In Bitter Chill” and “The Hummingbird” are in my top reads of 2015, also the two Eva Dolan books. Am saving the third one for my holiday weekends.


  3. kathy d.

    Yes, I received the books pretty quickly, was amazed as how fast they appeared. I can’t wait to read them, but I’m saving the Eva Dolan book until the New Year’s weekend. Have you read The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelta?


  4. I feel certain I will like the recommendations/suggestions of anyone who has The Kind Worth Killing at the top of their list . I haven’t had time to do much of anything this month and that includes making my normal “Best of,” list, but if I had written one, The Kind Worth Killing would top the list. I wrote two reviews for my blog, one with spoilers, one without. It was one of those books I couldn’t get out of my head for a while and like you, I read it in a single sitting.
    I’m not familiar with the other books or authors that made your list, but I’m glad I read this post because I’ve now added them to my very soon to purchase list.
    Congratulations on your debut novel. I just read the book jacket and blurb at Amazon. In Bitter Chill sounds like my kind of mystery/thriller and the premise is intriguing. It captured my attention immediately. Your book will be my first post Christmas purchase. I just have to make it through the holidays without spending anymore money. I’m eager to read it. Thanks for sharing your Best Of List and for the introduction to thriller/suspense authors I hadn’t read. I’m always happy to find new authors whose writing captivates me. That’s how I felt when I read the Kind Worth Killing. Looking forward to beginning 2016, with In Bitter Chill.
    Take care and Happy Holidays
    Melissa Sugar


    1. Thanks, Melissa. Swanson is great, isn’t he? And I know what you mean about buying books. I had wondered about trying to get through 2016 without buying anything but reading what I have. But it’s never going to work.


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