Bookouture Love Special: Favorite 2017 Thrillers @bookouture

Hello and welcome to the Bookouture Love Special I had promised in my list of 2017 favorites a few days ago. It’s easy to say I’m a huge mystery/thriller addict and tend to read more books belonging to that genre than any other genre… 2017 was no different, and I managed to read a whopping 72 thrillers. This is not all that surprising on its own, but what does stand out is that a LOT of these titles are published by what has easily become one of my favorite thriller publishers: Bookouture. And since no less than 22 titles have received a 4 or 4,5 star rating last year, I decided to set both Bookouture and my favorite authors and 2017 books in the spotlight.

The authors below are a mix of new discoveries and old favorites, and all stand out for their excellent, addicting, suspenseful and well written (psychological) thrillers. I can highly recommend each of these authors and their books to fans of the genre! And since I’m finding it impossible to rank them, they will appear in alphabetical order.

SHALINI BOLAND

This author has been on my radar for quite some time and I can highly recommend all her thrillers! I’ve devoured each and single one so far (The Girl From The Sea, The Best Friend and The Millionaire’s Wife). The Secret Mother is her first book published with Bookouture and another excellent read.

The Secret Mother – 4,5 stars – Published November 9th 2017 – REVIEW COMING SOON

ROBERT BRYNDZA

The Detective Erika Foster series is easily one of my favorite detective thrillers and I’m always over the moon whenever I find out a new book is coming out! Book number four and five were published in 2017, and it seems like the series is only getting better and better.

Last Breath – 4,5 stars – Published April 12th – REVIEW
Cold Blood – 4,5 stars – Published September 20th – REVIEW

BARBARA  COPPERTHWAITE

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, definitely try this author! The Darkest Lies had me trapped in a web of lies and secrets during the whole ride.

The Darkest Lies – 4 stars – Published May 12th – REVIEW

PATRICIA GIBNEY

This excellent detective series was only published last year, but already has three books! Another favorite of mine and Lottie Parker never fails to deliver another suspenseful and thrilling adventure. Book number four is already scheduled to be published this year so hurry if you haven’t tried this series yet!

The Missing Ones – 4,5 stars – Published March 16th – REVIEW
The Stolen Girls – 4,5 stars – Published July 6th – REVIEW
the lost child 4 stars oct 27th – REVIEW COMING SOON

VICTORIA JENKINS

Another new detective series I discovered last year… I somehow missed book number two due to the slump, but it is definitely a series I can recommend.

The Girls In The Water – 4 stars – Published August 3rd – REVIEW

LOUISE JENSEN

I became an instant fan of her work as soon as I finished The Sister back in 2016, and those feelings didn’t change at all with The Gift. And this newest titles didn’t change my feelings at all and only reconfirmed my love for her psychological thrillers. Highly recommended!

The Surrogate – 4,5 stars – Published September 27th – REVIEW

CAROLINE MITCHELL

I admit it wasn’t love at first sight with the main character of this series, but as soon as you warm up to her, you are hooked. These two sequels are both excellent to say the least. A highly addicting detective thriller series!

Sleep Tight – 4,5 stars – Published April 20th – REVIEW
Murder Game – 4,5 stars – Published October 31st – REVIEW

RICHARD PARKER

Fast-paced, intense, suspenseful… These crime thrillers are impossible to put down! If you are looking for intense thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat, definitely try out his books. His newest thriller, Keep Her Safe, is out tomorrow and another big hit! Want to know why I enjoyed it that much? My review of that one will be posted tomorrow. 😉

Be My Killer (now called: ‘Follow You’) – 4 stars – Published May 26th –  REVIEW
Hide And Seek – 4,5 stars – Published August 31st – REVIEW

MEL SHERRATT

This one is actually a sequel and one I enjoyed significantly better than the first book! Very refreshing psychological thriller and can be read as a stand-alone as well.

Don’t Look Behind You – 4,5 stars – Published January 31st – REVIEW

K.L. SLATER

Every time I see a new K.L. Slater book announced it feels a bit like Christmas morning! Her psychological thrillers are highly addicting and unputdownable… Read them if you haven’t already!

Blink – 4,5 stars – Published February 16th – REVIEW
Liar – 4,5 stars – Published June 16th – REVIEW
The Mistake – 4 stars – Published October 4th – REVIEW

KERRY WILKINSON

This one is another new discovery for me and without doubt a very good psychological thriller I can recommend! And not just because of the creepy and gorgeous thriller. 😉

Two Sisters – 4 stars – Published June 23rd – REVIEW

CAROL WYER

I can’t believe this series had four books published in less than a year! WOW. The DI Robyn Carter series is another favorite of mine and each book promises another fast-paced, suspenseful and entertaining ride. I can definitely recommend it to fans of the genre!

Little Girl Lost – 4 stars – Published January 19th – REVIEW
Secrets Of The Dead – 4,5 stars – Published May 30th – REVIEW
The Missing Girls – 4,5 stars – Published September 14th – REVIEW
The Silent Children – 4 stars – Published December 7th – REVIEW COMING SOON


Have you read any of these titles? What were your favorite Bookouture thrillers published in 2017? Or your favorite thrillers in general? Feel free to comment. 🙂


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2017: The Numbers

Call me a nerd, but I do love my graphics posts! I first started properly keeping track of my reads in Excel back in 2016, making it possible to finally put together some graphics. I’ve done a bunch of ‘The Numbers’ posts over time, including my 2016 post, and it has been revealing interesting things about my reading habits. So why stop? 😉

I already published two similar posts last year with my January-April and May-August numbers, and this post will be all about the whole year of 2017. Let’s talk nerdy and see what my numbers were like for 2017, shall we?

First of all some quick facts. In the whole year of 2017 I have read no less than 189 books with a total page count of 63.439 pages; an average of about 336 pages per book. This is 5 books less than in 2016, but thanks to some longer reads I did manage to read more pages! My pagecount was actually 1.271 pages higher in 2017, so all in all another very good year despite the slump. The average rating is 3,63 stars, which is actualy 0,1 point higher than the total last year and something I’m happy about since I did have two 0 star ratings (DNF). No less than 57 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 33 books received a rating 3 stars or below… Which means I enjoyed reading about 83% of the books during the year. These numbers definitely make me smile! Another fun fact: 125 of the 189 books I’ve read so far were actually ARCs; about 66% of the total. Way more than I was aiming for, but this did help me almost empty out my Netgalley shelves so I can make 2018 all about my own books.

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do. 😉

This graphic above explains exactly why my average rating ended up being quite high… About 53% of the books I read last year had a 4 star rating or above! And only 18% received a 2,5 star rating or below, so all in all I’m very happy with this one.

I already knew I hadn’t been reading a lot of Middle Grade in 2017, so I’m not at all surprise by this graphic. It does show I have been reading a lot more Adult than YA in 2017, which is probably mostly because I’ve been reading a lot of ARCs and I mainly request mystery/thrillers. 😉

One of the things I’ve been trying to do in 2017 is read more books by male authors, because somehow I always seem to be reading more books my female authors (even though I never base my choice of books on the gender of the author). I’m pleased that compared to 2016 the percentage went up 8%!

The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. As always mystery/thriller/horror is the biggest group (there’s truly no surprise there for those who follow my blog!), and fantasy is well represented as well. The number of contemporary romance reads is actually quite big, which is actually a surprise since it’s not one of my favorites. The small amount of historical fiction reads is surprising as well, since it’s one of my favorite genres.

This average rating graphic is quite a shock… Although I’m aware each genre has received a few lower ratings during the year. The genres (realistic) fiction (3,89 rating)non fiction/memoir (3,83 rating) and mystery/thriller/horror (3,81 rating) belong to the top three genres with the highest ratings. Historical fiction (3,11 rating) was actually the lowest, which is a shock since it’s one of my favorite genres! I’m not really surprised by contemporary romance (3,24 rating), but sci-fi/dystopia (3,26 rating) was also quite low. The last genre is actually quite funny, since it was the top scoring genre in 2016.

The series/stand-alone ratio has been almost the same as in 2016, and I’m actually quite happy with this. As much as I love reading series, I tend to neglect them with the result of a huge pile of unfinished series collecting dust. And there is no such problem with stand-alones! 😉 I do want to finish a bunch of those unfinished series in 2018 though.

Boy do I feel bad about this graphic! I joined the Beat The Backlist challenge and have other challenges as well to help me read older titles, and somehow only a meager 19% of the books I’ve read in 2017 are published in 2014 or before. Oops? To make things worse, 53% of the books have been published this year… I guess it does show I have been reading mostly ARCs. xD I did manage to read a few classics and older books in the last months of 2017, so there is at least some improvement compared to the previous 2017 posts.

Last graphic: as always most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be a pretty good number and a  sign of a story that’s not too short and not too long. There are exceptions of course; some stories are just too complex to be told in under 400 pages… What I am happy about is that I’ve read quite a few longer books as well (more than in 2016, which is why I ended up having a higher page count despite the lower total of books read); a total of 23% of my books had over 400 pages.


Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this 2017 review… Happy reading everyone!


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ALL THE STARS: My 2017 Favorites @MeganLMiranda @roofbeam @emily_barr @aharmon_author @jeffzentner @veschwab @Huckelbridge @jodipicoult @rahdieh @EDonoghueWriter @chicnerdreads @juliebux @rachelcaine @angiecthomas

Confession: I have been dreading writing this post for weeks now. I’m sure I’m not the only one with the feeling of hopelessless when it comes to compiling a list of 2017 favorites… I mean, there are so many books worth mentioning I really didn’t know where to start. Out of the 189 books I managed to read last year, no less than 17! books received a full 5 star rating, 38 books a superhigh 4,5 star rating and a further 43 books a 4 star rating, which still means I pretty much loved reading it anyway. How to decide which of these 98 books should appear on this list? Where should I even start?

So I decided to cheat. Yes, you heard me, cheat. Below I will feature a list of the seventeen books I decided to give a full 5 star rating last year. Not that the other books that received a 4,5 or 4 star rating don’t deserve to be on here, but the list would be neverending otherwise right? 😉

First a little note to say that two authors seem to stand out and managed to have not one but TWO of their books on this list! Who? Victoria Schwab and Rachel Caine, without doubt two of my favorite authors I can highly recommend to everyone. Although all authors mentioned on this list are also on my list of favorites. ❤

And now on to the complete list in the order I read them during 2017. Because there is no way you can make me pick my absolute favorites among these. 😉 Basically, this list will be a copy of the series of IN THE SPOTLIGHT posts I wrote back in September (#1, #2, #3) with two extra titles I added to my list of 5 star books afterwards. Check out these posts or my review for my full rambles about each of these books!

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