Best Reads Of 2019
5. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
I’ve never been huge into thrillers, nor have I ever been huge on any previous work by Riley Sager. However, when given the chance to review Lock Every Door, I jumped on it. Admittedly, this was because I thought that it’d be a good opportunity to review something that was so strongly anticipated; especially as I was just a little book blogger. Reader, I’m glad I jumped on this, because I fell in love with Lock Every Door. It gave me a lot of horror and ghostly vibes, and I think that’s why this book sticks out to me more than any other thriller that I’ve read.
4. Where Stars Won’t Shine by Patrick Lacey
If I’m not mistaken, Where Stars Won’t Shine was my first horror novel read of the year and wow did it blow me away. From beginning to end, I had zero complaints. Even though I wasn’t quivering in my slippers while reading this, I can totally understand how other people would lose sleep after reading Where Stars Won’t Shine. The writing is absolutely amazing, and the horror visuals are well-detailed, without being overly so. A book that needs to be added to your TBRs, if you haven’t already done so.
3. The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz
Would it really be a best-of list if I didn’t mention Jonathan Janz? Flame Tree Press has been reissuing his previous work this year, but The Dark Game seen publication for the first time in 2019. I’m a sucker for any story that focuses on horror authors; in a way, it’s these stories that really give me the inspiration to write. The Dark Game is a gruesome and dark tale that’s going to stick with me for a long time.
2. Osgood as Gone by Cooper S. Beckett (& Osgood Riddance, the sequel)
Cooper S. Beckett released Osgood as Gone (The Spectral Inspector, #1) & Osgood Riddance (The Spectral Inspector, #2) this year, and I just gotta be blunt with you – this is my favorite series, and if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do so asap. The Spectral Inspector series follows around my favorite character of all-time, Prudence Osgood. Osgood is perfect for those looking for LGBTQ+ representation, as she is queer but this isn’t the only aspect about her character. Honestly, I can go on and on about this book, but if you’re into books with mystery, a rough-around-the-edges character and a huge tablespoon of spooky elements tossed in, this book is for you.
1. Kinfolk by Matt Kurtz:
This entire year I have been going on about my love for Kinfolk by Matt Kurtz. This read has heavy Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibes, which really pulls me in. In only 193 pages, Kurtz managed to write a novel that contains a well-developed plot, a fantastically-developed subplot, and some beyond amazing character development – all while keeping it extremely well-written. This is definitely a book I recommend to lovers of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Writer, Reader & most importantly, Mother of Cats. Thanks to her horror-obsessed father, Becca found her childhood nights dedicated to watching movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween. As she continued to get older, her love for the genre only got stronger. Now, her goal is to share this love with like-minded people & possibly convert others along the way. When she’s not reading or writing, Becca can be found playing video games or begging her cats to take a nap with her.