Welcome to day three of The Emoji Files, showcasing my favourite reads of 2017 by the emoji they best correspond to. So far this week I’ve had The Swoony Awards and The LOL Awards, and today we’re looking at The WOW Awards: those books that had me riveted to the page and often on the edge my seat.
If I’m Found ~ Terri Blackstock
This is a series you need to start from the beginning (If I Run), but it is soooooo worth it. Casey is on the run, framed for a murder she didn’t commit. The cops say she’s guilty, the private investigator hired to find her has his doubts, and the real murderers will do anything they can to make sure she can’t point the finger. It’s a giant game of cat and mouse, and I can’t wait for the final book in the series, coming 6 March 2018!
Firstborn ~ Tosca Lee
The high-speed sequel to The Progeny, a novel about the descendants of the world’s most prolific serial killer of all time, Elizabeth Bathory. Audra Ellison is hunted for her knowledge and her growing ability to project her thoughts. Fast-paced, full of action, and delivering twists and turns right up to the end.
Rescue Me & A Matter of Trust ~ Susan May Warren
One of my favourite romantic suspense series because of the team dynamics and the man vs nature element of suspense in each novel. Susie May really knows how to bring nature to life on the pages, and she knows how to create fantastic romantic tension between her characters, too. And the series just keeps getting better!
Out of Darkness ~ Erynn Newman
Not only is this great suspense, but the romance is emotionally intense too. Three years after being widowed on her wedding day, Elisabeth is beginning to think about building a new life with her deceased husband’s best friend. Until she finds out she’s not a widow. And her husband’s still not safe. I couldn’t relax until I finished this one!
The Divide ~ Jolina Petersheim
The sequel to The Alliance, released last year. Six months on from an electromagnetic impulse that destroyed the power grid, Leora’s Old Order Mennonite community have fled to the mountains with a handful of Englischers who have taken refuge with them. Life is now a matter of survival, but at what cost? Unique and emotionally and intellectually gripping!
Fault Lines ~ Thomas Locke
I described this book as a battle of wits on steroids in my review—spec ops meets quantum physics on a grand scale. What else can I say? There’s no way I can possibly try to outline the plot in this limited space, but I just have to say Charlie Hazard rocks. Quietly intense, unflinchingly loyal, an ex-Army Ranger, and now a trainer in field techniques for covert operators. Well, until he got caught up in Gabriella Speciale’s research…
Crown of Souls ~ Ronie Kendig
My love of this series—and its author—is about as well kept a secret as the Pope’s religious beliefs. Ronie’s not just a master at spec ops plots and action; she also gets right into the psyche of her characters, and that’s what makes her books some of my all-time faves. This particular series combines all of that with an archaeological mission that leaves Indiana Jones in the dust (in my humble opinion 😉). HOOAH!
The Uncloaked Trilogy ~ J. Rodes
Brilliant and thoroughly engrossing, this YA dystopian trilogy asks ‘Will you stand?’ When holding to Truth could cost you your life, will you hold fast? When you’ve suffered both physically and mentally beyond what the human body should have to endure, how will you respond when the tables are turned and life is suddenly yours to give? I suggest getting all three books at once, because you won’t want to stop!
Rule of Law ~ Randy Singer
Nothing says legal thriller like a military widow suing the President of the United States. When you team up two attorneys who couldn’t be more opposite one another in temperament and tactics, you’ve got a riveting read! This was my first Randy Singer novel, and it won’t be my last!
The House on Foster Hill ~ Jaime Jo Wright
Oh, the delicious neck prickles and spine tingles this novel gave me. One hundred years apart, two women get caught up in the mystery surrounding the house on Foster Hill. Probably best not to read this one at night. It might keep you up in more ways than one!
Born of Persuasion ~ Jessica Dotta
This was my year of discovering a love of the kind of delicious suspense a good Gothic novel can create, and this book was the reason. That and Chance Macy. *shudders* I’m yet to read books two and three in the series, but I can’t wait to see how this story plays out. I’ve been warned I’ll need tissues!