I logged fewer books this year than in previous years because 2015 became the year I unceremoniously abandoned any book I wasn't enjoying. I used to feel a weird obligation to finish every book I started—but no more! Life is too short to waste time on bad books. Also, 2015 seemed to be "the year of thrillers" for me.
These were my favorite books, in no particular order, but if a book shows up on my bigger list, it means I enjoyed it enough to finish it.
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The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons
Everyone wants to know who was behind the disappearance of a presidential candidate's daughter 10 years ago, and nobody wants to know more than her older-brother-figure Gibson Vaughn, now persona non grata with the family and whose actions may have led to his own father's suicide.
Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker
As a journalism professor, I'm partial to books about tough crime-solving journalists. I liked this enough to read the second book in the series too.
The Fold by Peter Clines
An inventive sci-fi thriller in which a troubled but brilliant scientist is lured out of retirement to figure out what's going wrong in a DARPA lab that has developed interdimensional travel. It was also a 2015 Goodreads Choice Award nominee in the Sci-Fi category.
Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
This is the second book in a paranormal mystery series from the author better known for the Sookie Stackhouse True Blood books. In this series, a brother and sister use their gifts to solve murders. Reliably entertaining. I read the first book in the series late in 2014 and the next three in 2015.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I spent almost the entire book cringing and thinking, "No! No, don't do that!" This protagonist really knows how to get in trouble. This book was a New York Times bestseller and won the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for the Mystery and Thriller category.
Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day
Last year I read Rader-Day's first novel,The Black Hour, which won an Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Pretty Little Things is Rader-Day's second book, which lived up to my high expectations. The protagonist, Juliet Townsend, is stuck in a lousy small-town loser life, and everything goes topsy-turvy when her now glamorous former best friend shows up back in town and is swiftly murdered.
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