No beating around the bush.
My best books are as follows:
1: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
This book took some very harsh topics and handled them with the right kind of care. There was enough detestable language to make the story indigestible for a lot of readers, yet also has such a great plot which means the reader can enjoy this novel as an adventure.
2: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King
I enjoyed this novel as much as I enjoy most King novels. I loved the complex range of characters, and how the authors addressed some pivotal societal and political issues which are affecting women and men daily.
3: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
One of the best books I have ever read. It would be my number one book if it had dealt with some topical issues, but it is definitely the story I have most enjoyed reading and could not put down.
4: Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce
Something completely different for me that was thought-provoking and riveting. I enjoyed reading a mostly-female based novel, as well as getting away from murder and scandal for a while. I also enjoyed the political issues within this story, many of which are still important today.
5: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
As much as I think that incest and murder/suicide novels have been overdone recently, this one was rather riveting. I enjoyed the characterisation of the women within the story, especially the grandmother and the external characters who suspected things but didn’t really know what was happening.