Although I didn’t reach my goal of reading 52 books in 2015, I still read quite a few great stories. One of my favorite genres of the year (and in general!) was definitely mysteries. I feel like many of the popular mystery books this year were not only interesting and nail-biting, but were super edgy and different than just your typical mystery or thriller. Here were my favorites:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – along with the rest of the world, I read this book in the height of its popularity. I didn’t have high expectations going in – to be honest – because many times I find highly hyped up/streamlined books to be a let down – but in this case that was far from true! This book was gripping and I found myself getting up early on a busy weekend over the summer to keep reading it because I had to know what happened. It was not predictable at all – which I love – and I found myself getting very into the characters as they were very well developed.
In a Dark,Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – this was by far my favorite mystery of the year. I absolutely could not stop reading this one because I just had to know what was going to happen at the end. I was kept guessing the whole time and the pages flew by because it was so interesting to read. This read made my heart beat faster and also made me simultaneously empathize with t
he main character while feeling frustration with her, at times.
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter – this was a intricate mystery (and was one of the longest books I read in 2015!) that kept me guessing. There were certainly some BIG shockers throughout this book – but I found myself very invested in the characters and the story. This one took me longer to get through, but it was definitely worth the time.
Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline- I actually just read this book last week so I guess it doesn’t count towards 2015. Woops! Oh well. Anyways – this wasn’t a typical mystery but I’m still counting it as one. It revolved around a long-standing missing person case, which always intrigue me. It was not so much a thriller until the end, but I thought it was an engaging story that truly built on the relationships between the characters within the book which made the story interesting.
Do you have any good mystery recommendations? I am always looking for suggestions to add to my Goodreads account!