Thursday, December 20, 2012

2012 Staff Favorites - Fiction

In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen writes, "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

Well, we have an excellent library in Farmington and we hope you have taken advantage of the many books in our collection. Our staff has read a lot of them, and here are a few of our favorite works of fiction from 2012:

Death In The Floating City by Tasha Alexander
"This is a love story within a mystery.  It is set in the late 1800s in Venice.  Once you start reading the book you will wish you were there.  A British husband and wife detective team are asked to solve a murder in Venice.  In the process of solving the murder they have to follow clues that lead them back into the Renaissance and the histories of the families involved."

Defending Jacob by William Landay
The following was found in the book description from "...[it is the] consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis-—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control."  Based on conversations with other readers, this book has had the same effect on everyone: the eerie, mysterious story stays with you long after you finish reading it. This is the best book from 2012 that no one is talking about...but should be.

Heartbroken by Lisa Unger
Heartbroken is a tense, mesmerizing novel about the limits of dysfunctional families, of an island haunted by dark memories and restless ghosts, and of the all-too-real demons we must battle.  Wonderfully suspenseful, exquisitely crafted, and written with raw, emotional power, this is Lisa Unger at her very best.

Lethal by Sandra Brown
Former romance-turned-thriller writer, Sandra Brown, pens this compelling suspense story that has more twists than a double helix. Love it or hate it, the surprise ending has had everyone talking.

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
A coming of age mid-life crisis book. Finally realizing what is important in life will our hero Drew Silver live to tell about it? A funny book that makes you think about your life and everyone in it. Want more Tropper? Try Book of Joe or This Is Where I Leave You.

Spy In A Little Black Dress by Maxine Kenneth (author of Paris to Die For)
"A fun ‘spy thriller’ book based on the premise that Jackie Bouvier may have once worked for the CIA.  The idea for the plot is based on a real correspondence between Jackie and the CIA.  If you are familiar with Jackie’s story you will get the humor in the books as she pursues her top secret missions."

Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan
"I love when literary authors take on genre stories, like Margaret Atwood's dystopia Handmaid's Tale or Colson Whitehead's zombie apocalypse Zone One, they can stretch the genre's metaphors or archetypes to their full potentials while telling style, originality, and fully-drawn characters. In this book, Duncan extends his revitalization of the werewolf myth to a female protagonist. Yay! It's one of the few stories to explore how the tensions between the animal and social/moral sides of being human applies to women."

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
"The book follows twenty-two year-old newlywed, Grace Winter, as she sets sail in 1914 on a luxury cruise liner bound for New York. An explosion sinks the cruise liner, where she loses her new husband, and Grace gets thrust into an already full-to-capacity lifeboat by a quick-thinking crew member who climbs in after her. The book opens with Grace on trial for her life due to the events that transpire during their twenty-one days stranded at sea, where cold, wet, starving passengers succumb to the desperation of their circumstances and the cunning power struggles to survive the crowded lifeboat." (And, no, we didn't pick this one because this New York Times Bestselling debut author visited us back in May...)

We love to read and talk about books, so leave us a comment with your favorites from the past year.  And click on this link if you missed yesterday's post listing our staff's favorite nonfiction titles from 2012.  We look forward to seeing what amazing stories will come our way in 2013!

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