Top Reads of 2018

With only a day left in the year, we wanted to share what we thought were the top reads.  With so many different genres and fantastic books released this year, its difficult to choose who should be on this list.  We hope you have enjoyed several of these titles and if you haven’t, grab a copy today!

sam hellTop Pick: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni.

Our top contemporary pick tops this lists as well.  Different from his suspense thriller and legal thriller novels, Dugoni brings about a coming of age story that captured our attention from the beginning.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Dead Sea RisingDead Sea Rising by Jerry B. Jenkins

Our top mystery pick was also a high contender for the top spot.  Jenkins proves he is still at the top of his game.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Wicked ManEvery Wicked Man by Steven James

It’s criminal to see this series end, but at least it went out with a bang.  We’ve enjoyed all the Patrick Bowers novels and can’t wait to see what James is planning to cook up next.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sold on a MondaySold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

Our topver historical fiction pick was a shoe in for this category.  The mystery and suspense put forth in this book kept us guessing what was going to happen and relieved when things worked out the way they did.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

A Steep priceA Steep Price by Robert Dugoni

Tracy Crosswhite will likely always manage to find a place on our lists.  As longs as Dugoni keeps writing her story, we are going to keep reading it!  Truly one eof the best series out there today.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Everything We GiveEverything We Give by Kerry Lonsdale

Another fantastic series comes to a close (or does it)?  This book finally explains all the events coupled with flawed characters that feel like our best friends.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirst of SteelThirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig

Another great suspense thriller series that everyone should grab a copy of today.  Kendig shows why she’s a master at the genre.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Send Down the RainSend Down the Rain by Charles Martin

Martin shows that a life of good acts doesn’t make up for one bad decision.  Only truth and forgiveness can do that.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Suspense/Thriller

Our last genre category for the year is for suspense/thrillers!  If you’ve enjoyed checking out our top picks in each category, check back tomorrow for our top overall selections.

Every Wicked Man1. Every Wicked Man by Steven James

The final book in the Bowers files leaves us sad to see the series end.  James has created one of the best series out there an fans will love the way things come to an end.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Steep price

2. A Steep Price by Robert Dugoni

The newest Tracy Crosswhite book is a must read!  Tracy and her crew are back and ready to tackle their toughest case yet, which hits too close to home for Tracy.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirst of Steel3. Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig

As the final book in the Tox Files concludes, readers will have their emotions taken on a roller coaster ride.  Ronie Kendig brings one of the best novels of the year.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not that I could tell4. Not that I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

DO NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!  Read until the final chapter to see the right way a suspense novel should be played out!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I live5. If I Live by Terri Blackstock

One of the best conclusions to a series that we’ve read in a long time!  Blackstock never disappoints!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The escape artist6. The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

Who is Nola Brown and why is she supposed to be dead?  Throughout this book, readers will be left stunned and salivating for answers for these two questions in addition to many, many more!

Read the full review here.

 

 

Top Historical Fiction

Another great category as the year comes to a close is historical fiction.  This topic covers anything from a few years ago to ancient civilization.  It’s easy to get lost in these terrific reads.

Sold on a Monday1. Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

It was easy to pick the top book of the year in this category.  Set in the great depression, an innocent photo to depict the hardships turns into a horrible mess that may destroy the lives of several people.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Between the Lies2. Between the Lies by Cynthia A. Graham

Another fantastic read by Graham.  This is set in Arkansas during the civil ri. ghts movement in a battle between sheriffs of neighboring counties over the innocence of a young colored boy charged with murder.  Fair warning though, the ending is going to get you!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Women in the Castle3. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

This is one of those books that  has garnered a lot of buzz in the short time it h as been  on the market, and it’s easy to see why.  Each character is complex, and while maybe not likeable, relatable.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lost Castle4. The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

Three different stories encompassing three different time periods all set at the same castle compose this masterpiece.  You’ll have trouble deciding which of the stories you are more looking forward to continuing as you read!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Missing Isaac5. Missing Isaac by Valeria Fraser Luesse

A terrific novel that explores both the prejudice and the classism of the 1960s southern era.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jerusalem queen6. Jerusalem’s Queen by Angela Hunt

As always, Hunt’s novels are rich with history and this is no exception.  We always have to research the events that take place in her book to learn more.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

Top Romantic Suspense

Our next category focuses on romance coupled with suspense.  A great combo with several great books.

Wait for Me1. Wait for Me by Susan May Warren

This entire series was great for romantic suspense, but the closing book really ramped up the heat.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In too deep2. In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn

Lynn H. Blackburn hit it out of the park with the first Dive Team book and the follow up is even better.  We loved every minute we got to spend with the characters.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lethal Target3. Lethal Target by Janice Cantore

With tighter action, better characters and an overall excellent story, Lethal Target is by far the best we have read from Janice Cantore.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

House at Saltwater Point4. The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

Even more entertaining and suspenseful than her previous books, this might just be Coble’s very best yet!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Called to protect5. Called to Protect by Lynettte Eason

The tension was so tight and crisp that we were on the edge of our seat until the end of the book!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mind games6. Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

With a familiar writing style, we quickly devoured this suspenseful novel!

Read the full review here.

 

Best Ending to a Series

We’re branching out and adding a new category to our “Best of” lists.  This one is for the best conclusion to a series that ended in 2018, which saw quite a few of the series we had been following come to an end.

Every Wicked Man1. Every Wicked Man of the Patrick Bowers novels by Steven James

We’ve been enjoying the Patrick Bowers series for well over a decade and were  very sad to see it end.  It was bittersweet to say the least.  This FBI series is one of the best out there written by one of the best storytellers around.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I live2. If I live of the If I Run series by Terri Blackstock

Blackstock shows that she is still at the top of her game in the conclusion of one of the most intense suspense series that has played out over the last three years.  It is plain to see why she is still one of the top names in Christian fiction.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Wait for Me3. Wait for Me of the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren

This has been a terrific series of romantic suspense novels centered on members of the search and rescue team high in Montana.  Naturally played out romances with high stakes tension just kept the pages turning.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Golden Vial4. The Golden Vial of the Legends of the Realm series by Thomas Locke

After the first two installments, we were left hanging for almost two years to get closure and the conclusion to this amazing fantasy series, but it was worth the wait.

Read the full review here.

Top YA Fiction

Our next category focuses on a younger audience, but each of these pics can easily be enjoyed by all.

Losing Brave1. Losing Brave by Bailee Madison

This was such an intense, exciting, and suspenseful read that we believe anyone who reads this will be left with the feeling that the next book they pick up will have no chance of being as good as this one.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Defiant2. The Defiant by Lesley Livingston

Girl power like none other!  This book has everything readers look fir in an action packed female powerhouse of a story!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reaper3. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

The third book in this amazing series shifts gears a bit by keeping the main characters separated from each other but builds for a follow up book that we believe will be the very best yet!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

A touch of gold4. A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

A new spin on the old tale of King Midas that is filled with fun and adventure that is sure to keep readers deeply intrigued by the richness of the story!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope in the Holler5. Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre

Tyre has found a remarkable voice in crafting books that makes reading fun for younger audiences.  We hope to see her books in education curriculum soon.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everywhere You Want to Be6. Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June

Labeled as a retelling of Red Riding Hood, Christina June goes deeper with life lessons that hit home and should be taken to heart.

Read the full review here.

Top Supernatural Fiction

Our next category covers supernatural fiction and have we got a range to pick from.  Check out these picks if you’re looking for something a little different to read.

The man he never was1. The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart

An intensely intriguing story that will leave readers looking into their own dark side wondering whether darkness or light will win the ultimate battle.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steal Away Home2. Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey

Coffey is a master at throwing the supernatural into ordinary life.  This southern novel is a home run!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

49th mystic3. The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker

Can we just say how excited we were to have a Ted Dekker book to read this year!  For those that are part of the circle, this book will take you for a ride!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rise of the Mystics4. Rise of the Mystics by Ted Dekker

Okay, okay.  We know it’s another Dekker book, but it really keeps the supernatural theme moving along.  If you haven’t started his books, make that a 2019 resolution.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Blooms From Dust5. What Blooms from Dust by James Markert

The surprise book from this category centers on the dust bowl in Oklahoma.  After a tornado frees a convicted killer, he returns to his hometown to set the record straight during one of the darkest storms of the era.

Read the full review here.

Top Contemporary Fiction

As an added Christmas bonus, we are releasing our top picks for contemporary fiction!  This category was a little more difficult to narrow down to five, so we cut it to six!

sam hell1. The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni

To call this book extraordinary doesn’t do it justice!  A change from his usual police procedural thriller, Dugoni has written a coming of age story with some of the best character development we have ever read.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything We Give2. Everything We Give by Kerry Lonsdale

We’ve been waiting for the conclusion of this series for well over a year.  Ian’s story finally  makes everything come full circle to understand what has happened since the beginning.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Send Down the Rain3. Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin

This was an incredible read that kept us engaged through the whole story.  Martin’s storytelling is flawless throughout and the characters spring to life and become your truest friends.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Under a Cloudless Sky4. Under a Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry

Fabry’s past/present storytelling is once again a hit with this new read.  With forgiveness at the heart of this novel, it should be on everyone’s list!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbirds5. Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

Probably the most beautifully written book of the whole year.  Dealing with grief is never easy, but Goenawan puts a story into prose that is intriguing, mischievous, and well thought out!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just after midnight6. Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde

While dog might just be man’s best friend, Hyde shows that a horse might just be woman’s best friend.

Read the full review here.

Top Books of 2017

firstborn

 

Firstborn by Tosca Lee

Tosca once again tops of best of the year list.  Be sure to pick up a copy!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

If I'm Found

 

If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

Another suspenseful read that keep us on the edge of our seat.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

the-valiant

 

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

As our top YA pick, this book is destined to be on your must read list.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Deadly Kiss

 

Every Deadly Kiss by Steven James

James makes our top list every year.  As one of the top suspense writers in the game, he should be on your shelf too.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Realms of God

 

The Realms of God by Michael Livingston

Fans of historical fantasies rejoice at this masterful conclusion to the trilogy.  Perhaps he’ll think of turning it into a quadrilogy?

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

betrayal

 

Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann

Quickly becoming one of our favorite series, pick up any of these books for an enjoyable mystery!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Crooked Path

 

The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

Our top pick for historical fiction is a must read this year, next year, and so on!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orphan's tale

 

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Another must read WWII novel completes our historical fiction must reads!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Names

 

The Man with Two Names by Vincent B. Davis II

Possibly our favorite debut novel of the year.  Grab a copy today!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Close to Home and The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni

It’s Dugoni!  Need we say more?

Read the full review for Close to Home here.

Read the full review for The Trapped Girl here.

Almost Missed You

 

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Another great debut novel.  Get it now!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Matter of Trust and Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

Great romantic suspense is an art.  Check these out to see more!

Read the full review for A Matter of Trust here.

Read the full review for Rescue Me here.

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Vanishing Point and Pursued by Lisa Harris

More great romantic suspense.  Harris is becoming one of the best.

Read the full review for Vanishing Point here.

Read the full review for Pursued here.

The Divide

 

The Divide by Jolina Petersheim

The exciting conclusion to The Alliance makes us really wish there were a third coming out next year.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

without warning

 

Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg

End times and Rosenberg always make for a bestseller!

Read the full review here.

Top Suspense Thriller

Quite possibly our favorite category, suspense thrillers are the bulk of what we enjoy reading.  With so many choices, narrowing it down makes it extremely difficult.

firstborn

1. Firstborn by Tosca Lee

The sequel to the gripping novel The Progeny, Firstborn takes us right back to the action that kept us on the edge of our seat throughout the first.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I'm Found

2. If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

The second book in the series but might just be Blackstock’s best book yet. A tight, suspenseful story that will leave you begging for more.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Deadly Kiss

3. Every Deadly Kiss by Steven James

If you have never read a Steven James novel, I suggest you start now with this one. It will keep you up at night and have you looking twice and double locking the doors.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crown of Souls

4. Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

In less than one ten-thousandth of a second, lives will be changed causing Tox and his crew to face their toughest mission yet and not all will survive.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beneath Copper Falls

5. Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

A riveting story that will leave the hairs prickling on the back of your neck to the very last page.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost Missed You

6. Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

A wonderful debut novel that will leave the reader guessing at every turn and wondering if we ever really know the people we have in our lives.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7. Purgatory Road by Samuel Parker

Another debut novel that just begs to be read.

Read the full review here.