Best Books of 2015: Becky LeJeune

Becky’s Top Ten of 2015

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  1. BRED TO KILL by Franck Thilliez – This second in Thilliez’s series picks up right where Syndrome E left off. It features another weird and dark premise with more of the science-based theory of its predecessor as well. Definitely a favorite new series for me! 
  1. TRIGGER WARNING: SHORT FICTIONS AND DISTURBANCES by Neil Gaiman – with everything from fantasy and horror to Doctor Who and American Gods this newest collection of shorts from Gaiman features first run and previously published tales perfect for hardcore fans and newcomers to his work as well. 
  1. GIRL UNDERWATER by Claire Kells – a harrowing debut about a college swimmer whose plane crashes in the Rockies. We know from the outset that she’s survived but we don’t know what happened in the time it took to be rescued.
  1. LOVE IS RED by Sophie Jaff – a cross-genre read that kicks off a new trilogy, Love is Red is part horror, thriller, fantasy, and romance. It’s dark and twisty and completely wonderful! 
  1. NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE by Adam Nevill – I’m a huge horror fan but most of it doesn’t really give me the heebie jeebies – except Adam Nevill. He freaks me out! This one is a dark and twisted haunted house story that is the stuff of nightmares. 
  1. DAY FOUR by Sarah Lotz – this companion to The Three is set on a cruise ship that loses power and communications while at sea. As the passengers become more irate and supplies begin to dwindle, the crew starts to report strange happenings. And that’s only the beginning! 
  1. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicaola Yoon – Yoon’s teen debut is about a girl who is allergic to everything. But while her home has become a sanctuary, it has also become a trap preventing her from experiencing life and true love. The charming heroine, illustrations, and fabulous plot make this a perfect read for both teens and adults. 
  1. CHARLOTTE’S STORY by Laura Benedict – The second novel featuring Benedict’s uber creepy Bliss House. This one takes readers back to the 1950s and a story that’s hinted at in the previous installments. The series can be read in any order, but I do love the way Benedict is moving backwards in the timeline with each new release.
  1. DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS by Amy Lukavics – the comparisons to Stephen King and Little House on the Prairie definitely caught my attention on this one and I have to say it lived up to the promise of that strange combination. Lukavics is one to watch for sure! 
  1. SEIZE THE NIGHT edited by Christopher Golden – if you’ve tired of romantic vampires and crave horrific ones once again, this is the anthology for you. Scott Smith, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Michael Koryta, Kelley Armstrong… the list of contributors is amazing and the stories are all incredibly creepy.

 

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