My Top 10 Excited For Adult Fiction Reads of 2016!

We’ve done YA Fiction top 10… Now, it’s the turn of the Adult Fiction top 10! On this list in a random order like before will be 10 Adult Fiction books that have been released or will be released this year apart from the first one on the list since I would really like to mention that one. I would like to stress that if you have read any of the books that I will be mentioning below, please don’t leave spoilers in the comments. Thanks! So…

1, Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

I found out about this novel through Twitter when the bookstore company Waterstones tweeted about it as their Thriller of the month. I’ve been lucky enough to tweet Julia and she’s ever so nice, Psychological Thrillers for me are just the icing on the cake. I love them, for those who know me personally and read my blog, you would have had no idea that I read books like that. But anyhow, secret’s out. For anyone interested, here is the blurb from Goodreads:

For fans of Laura Lippman and Gillian Flynn comes an electrifying novel of stunning psychological suspense.

I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories.
I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans.
The lucky one.

As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving “Black-Eyed Susan,” the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa’s testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.

Now, almost two decades later, Tessa is an artist and single mother. In the desolate cold of February, she is shocked to discover a freshly planted patch of black-eyed susans—a summertime bloom—just outside her bedroom window. Terrified at the implications—that she sent the wrong man to prison and the real killer remains at large—Tessa turns to the lawyers working to exonerate the man awaiting execution. But the flowers alone are not proof enough, and the forensic investigation of the still-unidentified bones is progressing too slowly. An innocent life hangs in the balance. The legal team appeals to Tessa to undergo hypnosis to retrieve lost memories—and to share the drawings she produced as part of an experimental therapy shortly after her rescue.

What they don’t know is that Tessa and the scared, fragile girl she was have built a  fortress of secrets. As the clock ticks toward the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, but even more for the safety of her teenaged daughter. Is a serial killer still roaming free, taunting Tessa with a trail of clues? She has no choice but to confront old ghosts and lingering nightmares to finally discover what really happened that night.

Shocking, intense, and utterly original, Black-Eyed Susans is a dazzling psychological thriller, seamlessly weaving past and present in a searing tale of a young woman whose harrowing memories remain in a field of flowers—as a killer makes a chilling return to his garden.

It looks intense, scary, exciting. The cover looks great.

Release date: 11th August 2015 (Already out)

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2, Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris.

All I can say is that this is going to be a good read. Seriously. It’s a Psychological Thriller, I’m addicted to them. I love the plotline, it’s so mysterious and the best part of Thrillers like this is the hint of mystery, twists and turns around every corner and surprises that make you gasp loudly in front of a crowd of people in a busy café, not that I’ve ever been guilty of that one… The blurb from Goodreads:

The 2016 debut bloggers can’t stop raving about. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Ice Twins

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace.

He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. Though, you’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

I totally agree with the front sentence in the blurb, since I’m a blogger raving about this book. 😉

Release date: 11th February (Already out)

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3, The Trees by Ali Shaw.

I have to mention this book in my top 10. I meet Ali a few days ago at the Bath Literature Festival and was blown away by the plotline, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. I love trees, I love haunted trees, I love mysteries and I love foxes. Not just the singer Foxes but the animal too. Whoever designed the book cover needs to be given an award because it’s one of the best book covers I’ve ever seen, full stop. Ali signed a copy of the book for me which I have a picture of on my Twitter page @marriedtobooks3 if you want to take a look. But for now, here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

There came an elastic aftershock of creaks and groans and then, softly softly, a chinking shower of rubbled cement. Leaves calmed and trunks stood serene. Where, not a minute before, there had been a suburb, there was now only woodland standing amid ruins…

There is no warning. No chance to prepare.

They arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming streets and towns into shadowy forest. Buildings are destroyed. Broken bodies, still wrapped in tattered bed linen, hang among the twitching leaves.

Adrien Thomas has never been much of a hero. But when he realises that no help is coming, he ventures out into this unrecognisable world. Michelle, his wife, is across the sea in Ireland and he has no way of knowing whether the trees have come for her too.

Then Adrien meets green-fingered Hannah and her teenage son Seb. Together, they set out to find Hannah’s forester brother, to reunite Adrien with his wife – and to discover just how deep the forest goes.

Their journey will take them to a place of terrible beauty and violence, to the dark heart of nature and the darkness inside themselves.

I will be reading this very soon so stay tuned for a review on my blog!

Release date: March 10th

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4, The Teacher by Katerina Diamond.

A Psychological Crime Thriller, I saw it on Twitter when a tweet was posted about a giveaway for it and it caught my eye. It does mention on Amazon that this story is not for the faint hearted but I like to read anything, so, here’s the blurb from Amazon:

You think you know who to trust?
You think you know the difference between good and evil?

You’re wrong …

A LESSON YOU WILL NEVER FORGET

The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall.

Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end.

As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.

But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community.

And once they learn what’s motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him?

SMART. GRIPPING. GRUESOME.

This is a psychological crime thriller in a class of its own.

Warning: Most definitely *not* for the faint-hearted!

Don’t worry, the warning is in my brain and no, I’m not scared.

Release date: March 10th

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5, Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty.

I read The Husband’s Secret by her last year and I really enjoyed it. I’m thrilled to see a new book by her since the plotline looks really interesting indeed. Please note that I’m only a teen but I really like reading stories like this, it may look weird. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

They say trouble always comes in threes. And for sisters Lyn, Cat and Gemma Kettle, the year they turn thirty-three is no exception.

Sensible Lyn is struggling to balance being a mother, wife and businesswoman without losing her mind. Cat, whose perfect marriage is the envy of all her friends, never suspects that her husband has been hiding a secret that will tear her life apart. And directionless Gemma, who changes jobs and boyfriends every few months, has just met a new man who could be the one to unlock her hidden past.

Through everything, the bonds of the sisters are strong enough to withstand whatever life throws at them. That is until the night of their thirty-fourth birthday dinner, when home truths are revealed and things are said that can’t be taken back . . .

Arrgh, the cliffhanger at the end of the blurb! All the more reason to read it! 😉

Release date: 28th January (Already out)

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6, The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler.

The cover… That cover… The choice of colours, it just works so well together. I’ve read some other reviews on this book and they were all very positive with great characters that readers can connect with, great imagery. So, this must be on the list. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.

I have to admit, I feel some vibes coming from this story just like Red Queen so I already know that this is going to be a great read.

Release date: April 1st (No, it’s not an April Fools joke!)

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7, At The Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier.

I am such a huge fan of Tracy’s story Girl With A Pearl Earring which I am reading for the national reading challenge Reading Ahead. I was very close to seeing her at the Bath Literature Festival but sadly couldn’t make it to the event. I really like the look of this new novel by her so here’s the blurb for it taken from Amazon:

The sweeping and compelling new novel from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring.

‘Dark, brutal, moving, powerful’ Jane Harris
‘A wonderful book; rich, evocative, original. I loved it’ Joanne Harris

What happens when you can’t run any further from your past?

Ohio, 1838. James and Sadie Goodenough have settled in the Black Swamp, planting apple trees to claim the land as their own. Life is harsh in the swamp, and as fever picks off their children, husband and wife take solace in separate comforts. James patiently grows his sweet-tasting ‘eaters’ while Sadie gets drunk on applejack made fresh from ‘spitters’. Their fighting takes its toll on all of the Goodenoughs – a battle that will resonate over the years and across America.

Fifteen years later their youngest son, Robert, is drifting through Gold Rush California. Haunted by the broken family he fled years earlier, memories stick to him where mud once did. When he finds steady work for a plant collector, peace seems finally to be within reach. But the past is never really past, and one day Robert is forced to confront the brutal reason he left behind everything he loved.

In this rich, powerful story, Tracy Chevalier is at her imaginative best, bringing to life the urge to wrestle with our roots, however deep and tangled they may be.

Remind me why I love Historical Fictions? I’m in love with it already 🙂

Release date: 10th March

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8, The Last Girl by Joe Hart.

The first book in a trilogy, a very promising Science Fiction read. I’m getting into a lot of sci-fi right now and always on the lookout for new books whether YA or not that fall under that genre. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

A mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 percent to less than 1 percent. Medical science and governments around the world scramble in an effort to solve the problem, but twenty-five years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than a thousand women.

Zoey and some of the surviving young women are housed in a scientific research compound dedicated to determining the cause. For two decades, she’s been isolated from her family, treated as a test subject, and locked away—told only that the virus has wiped out the rest of the world’s population.

Captivity is the only life Zoey has ever known, and escaping her heavily armed captors is no easy task, but she’s determined to leave before she is subjected to the next round of tests…a program that no other woman has ever returned from. Even if she’s successful, Zoey has no idea what she’ll encounter in the strange new world beyond the facility’s walls. Winning her freedom will take brutality she never imagined she possessed, as well as all her strength and cunning—but Zoey is ready for war.

This is going to be one rollercoaster of a ride and it’s something that I am prepared to do.

Release date: 1st March (Already out)

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9, Time to Say Goodbye by S D Robertson.

I know that this story is going to break my heart and fill my eyes up with tears but… it’s a great plotline. About a father and daughter. I saw this on Twitter and entered to win a copy in a giveaway but sadly, I didn’t win. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

*”Heart-achingly good with laugh-out-loud moments” THE SUN*

A heart-rending story about the unique bond between a father and his daughter, for fans of JOJO MOYES and JOHN GREEN

HOW DO YOU LEAVE THE PERSON YOU LOVE THE MOST?

Will Curtis’s six-year-old daughter, Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And he’s going to do everything he can to keep his word.

What Will doesn’t know is that the promise he made to his little girl might be harder to keep than he imagined. When he’s faced with an impossible decision, Will finds that the most obvious choice might not be the right one.

But the future is full of unexpected surprises. And father and daughter are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together . . .

I am also huge fans of JoJo Moyes and John Green so I know that I will enjoy this novel.

Release date: 11th February

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10, The Weekends of You and Me by Fiona Walker.

Finally on the list, is a ChickLit novel! I started reading ChickLit when I was fourteen and yes, that is quite young to be reading stories by JoJo Moyes and Jill Mansell for example. But, I stumbled onto this book whilst browsing Amazon looking for new and upcoming releases. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

Can your final fling become your Happy Ever After?

When Jo Coulson finds herself single again in her late thirties, she finally resigns her membership to Last of the Hopeless Romantics, fully intending to tackle midlife and motherhood alone. First, she plans one legendary last fling…

In walks Harry Inchbold, and the connection is electric. Passionate, unpredictable and messily divorced, Harry is the perfect antidote to cosy coupledom. Known as The Sinner, drama follows him around with a clapper board.

Harry’s favourite holiday hideaway in the wilds of South Shropshire puts the mud and fun into the perfect dirty weekend. But at the cottage Harry reveals a very different side, melting Jo’s resolve. What better combination to face an uncertain future than two cynics who have learned from their mistakes? Together they make a pact; ‘same time next year’; they can promise no more than that.

Through life’s most stressful decade, Harry and Jo return to the Shropshire hills for one weekend each year to rediscover passion and make peace. As career, family and home crises all threaten to bring them unstuck, the cottage is their glue. Here, different rules apply: the day to day world is not allowed to intrude.With Harry and Jo, however, it’s only a matter of time before rules get broken. As real life gets increasingly complicated, can they keep renewing their promise?

The cover is simple but cute, I think it fits the story title and blurb well.

Release date: 10th March

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OK, that concludes the Adult Fiction top 10! I hope that you enjoyed reading this post. Have you read any of the books listed here? Any mentioned here that have caught your eye? Remember readers, no spoilers in the comments section please!

Alice x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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