14 of the best books to read this year

Whether you prefer a gritty drama, dark thriller, laugh-out-loud comedy or contemporary fiction, SoGlos has rounded up 14 of the best books to sink your teeth into and brighten up your journeys this year.

A good book is the perfect way to inject some fun into your journey, and whether you opt for a good old paperback, Kindle, tablet or audiobook, this year has seen the release of plenty of gripping page turners.

Encompassing bestselling mysteries, the year’s most anticipated releases, uplifting comedies, and compelling drama, sit back and find your next read with SoGlos and Stagecoach.

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1. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

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Following her bestselling breakthrough The Girl on the Train, author Paula Hawkins' second thriller Into The Water was one of 2017’s most anticipated releases and offers a gripping read.

Described by Red magazine as ‘twisty fiction with a ghostly edge’, the story follows Jules whose sister supposedly jumped to her death. When Jules returns to the place she hoped she’d escaped for good, her fears and long-buried memories return…

2. I See You by Clare Mackintosh

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Cotswold author Clare Mackintosh released her second psychological thriller in paperback this year to the delight of readers across the country, with I See You promising mystery, suspense and spine-tingling twists.

Touching on the dangers of routine and social media, the page-turner follows Zoe Walker who sees her photo in a classified section of a newspaper, followed by a different woman every day. And when these women start coming to harm, is it just a coincidence?

3. Origin by Dan Brown

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The fifth instalment in the Robert Langdon series which has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, Dan Brown’s latest novel Origin is set to soar to the top of the charts when it’s released in October 2017.

The mystery thriller catches up with Harvard professor Robert Langdon in Spain where he is to hear a major announcement about a discovery that ‘will change the face of science forever’. When the evening is thrown into chaos, Langdon is thrown into his most exciting adventure yet.

4. How To Stop Time by Matt Haig

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From the author who penned number one bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive comes life-affirming fiction book How To Stop Time which has been hailed by Stephen Fry as ‘astounding’.

The bittersweet story tells of Tom Hazard who may look like an ordinary 41 year old, but harbours a dangerous secret; he’s been alive for centuries. Changing his identity to stay alive, the only thing Tom can’t do is fall in love…

5. Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

YouTube star Louise Pentland penned her debut novel Wilde Like Me to the delight of her devoted fans, resulting in a warm and witty story about single mother Robin Wilde which topped the charts and garnered critical acclaim.

Following the ups, downs, romances, friendships and dramas of Robin’s life, the funny, feel-good book offers an entertaining and uplifting read, not to mention a wholly relatable heroine.

6. Munich by Robert Harris

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Number one bestselling author Robert Harris is set to release his latest historical fiction novel, Munich in September 2017, promising another gripping spy thriller set against the backdrop of fateful events in 1938.

Incorporating figures and events of historical importance, Munich takes place in a time when Hitler wants to start a war and Chamberlain wants to preserve the peace; meanwhile the paths of two former friends, one a private secretary of Chamberlain and one a German diplomat, cross again.

7. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

The first in a series of crime novels from bestselling author Anthony Horowitz, The Word is Murder stars Detective Daniel Hawthorne, blending fact and fiction in what is sure to be a compelling new thriller.

Encompassing an unexpected death, bloody clues and an unsolved mystery, the story sees a very private detective draw a reluctant author into the story, with the novel offering a fresh take on the genre and plenty of intrigue.

8. Insidious Intent by Val McDermid

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The newest release from the Queen of Crime, Insidious Intent will be released in August 2017 and is the latest in the phenomenally popular Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, which inspired hit television show Wire in the Blood.

Set to have hearts racing and pages turning, the story sees DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Jordan join forces to investigate when charred human remains are discovered in the driver’s seat of a burning car – someone is targeting single women at weddings…

9. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella’s 2017 anticipated release, My Not So Perfect Life offers a fresh and funny standalone story which addresses the reality behind polished Instagram lives, with plenty of laughs along the way.

When Katie Brenner’s supposedly perfect life in London comes crashing down, she’s forced to move to Somerset to help her dad’s glamping business. When her nemesis Demeter visits, should Katy get revenge, or do the two have more in common that it seems?

10. The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

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A suspenseful story of bravery and survival, Anita Shreve’s The Stars Are Fire promises a compelling read from the multi award-winning author, which has received widespread acclaim for its gripping plot and characters.

Set in 1947, the story follows five-months-pregnant Grace in the aftermath of a devastating fire which changes their lives forever. As Grace awaits news of her husband’s fate and is thrown into her new life, her bravery is put to the test.

11. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

Describer as Paul Auster’s ‘greatest, most heart-breaking and satisfying novel’ 4 3 2 1 pushes literary boundaries thanks to its inventive and densely constructed plot which has been hailed as 'ingenious' by Esquire.

The story tells of Archibald Isaac Ferguson, whose life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths during the book; whilst he falls in love with the same woman, each Ferguson will have a unique love story and entirely different life.

12. A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré

Prepare for thrills when John le Carré’s newest story A Legacy of Spies is released in September 2017, seeing the welcome return of George Smiley of the British Secret Service.

A novel which interweaves past and present, A Legacy of Spies sees the past catch up with George Smiley’s colleague and disciple, Peter Guillam, when the actions of intelligence operations during the Cold War are called into question.

13. The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Released in paperback in spring 2017, dystopian thriller The Power has gone on to win the prestigious Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, offering a dark, addictive and thought-provoking read.

The highly original story is set in a world where women discover they hold the power and can electrocute people at will, from small tingles to causing death – something which changes everything.

14. The Break by Marian Keyes

The brand new novel from best-loved author Marian Keyes, The Break, will hit the shelves in September 2017, offering all the humour, drama, and heart-warming moments that fans have come to expect from her stories.

When Amy’s husband Hugh says he’s going ‘on a break’ from their marriage, children and life together for six months, Amy finds herself teetering on the edge; at lot can change in half a year and what will happen at the end?

By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoGlos
Tuesday 15 August 2017

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