2016 has seen a wealth of amazing novels published by both debut and long established authors and I feel lucky to have started this blog in the midst of such greatness. As such it has been tricky to narrow down the large number of fantastic books to a top five, but after much internal debate it has been finalised. So, to see out 2016, The Very Pink Notebook is proud to cite these as its top picks for this year...
The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies
With wonderful writing and the most beautiful and fragrant imagery, although this is a gently told novel the plot is packed with punch and body and has stayed with me.
Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard
A gripping psychological thriller set in the muddy realms of maritime law. Catherine Ryan Howard's fantastic novel will keep you on the edge of your seat... or life ring.
Another Love by Amanda Prowse
Chillingly real and poignant, Another Love is the story telling of Amanda Prowse at her best. Looking at a women and her battle with alcohol and the consequences it has on everyone in her life, this is a heartfelt, moving and relatable novel.
A Suitable Lie by Michael Malone
This novel is just, brilliant. Dark, domestic and brutal it will keep you turning the pages long into the night and make you rethink the way you think.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Clare Mackintosh's debut novel, psychological thriller I Let You Go, take the number one spot for The Very Pink Notebooks top five novels of 2016. Fantastically written, with superb dialogue and descriptions and a twist you will never see coming is what makes this book impossible to put down.
To say, as a reviewer, I am looking forward to 2017 is an understatement.
Happy New Year!