Welcome to our series exploring some of the best books of the year. What makes a book one of the “best books” of the year? Top critic picks? Ratings on Amazon or Goodreads? Magazine book lists? Book reviews? Ultimately, the best books are the ones you enjoy reading.
The selections featured in this blog post are limited to 10 picks, so it’s safe to say there are many, many, many more utterly amazing books out there that avid readers will deem “the best of 2018.” Okay, now that you’re undoubtedly sold on how unlikely these are truly some of the best books of the year, kidding of course, odds are you’ll still be intrigued by them if you’re a fan of mysterious and thrilling reads. Enjoy!
In the aftermath of a boy’s brutal murder in Flint City, a local detective is forced to arrest a popular Little League coach who, in spite of an alibi, presents with open-and-shut evidence that is called into question when the suspect’s true nature and the realities of the crime come to light.
At a remote health resort, nine strangers and their enigmatic host become subjects of interest to former best-selling novelist Frances Welty, who develops uncomfortable doubts about the resort’s real agenda.
An agoraphobic recluse languishes in her New York City home, drinking wine and spying on her neighbors, before witnessing a terrible crime through her window that exposes her secrets and raises questions about her perceptions of reality.
In 1921, Bombay’s first female lawyer, Oxford graduate Perveen Mistry, investigates a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in strict seclusion who become subject to a murderous guardian’s schemes for their inheritances.
A powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night. “The Flight Attendant” unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.
After her boyfriend goes missing while playing a viral game in which players follow others in real life as they do online, Rebecca tries the game herself and discovers a disturbing and sinister subculture.
Newly transferred to a precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo, Detective Kyochiro Kaga, while investigating the puzzling murder of a woman, soon discovers that nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi are suspects.