Books read in 2022

I read alot more than I review so I thought I’d try and keep a list of all books I read (or want to read) this year.

Whilst I only review crime fiction, I’m always happy to hear about other books worth a read so get in touch if you have any suggestions!


Recommended by a friend this was a great read about 2 sisters seperated by a plane crash. Utterly compelling story that flips between the two sides. Not for feint hearted flyers though!
Fascinating read of a real life Criminal Minds. Dr Ann Burgess was the first female member of the FBI’s behavioural science unit and her pioneering work changed the way that crime was investigated. Highly recommend.
This was a present from my sister.
Interesting read about a mother with dementia, as her daughter struggles to cope with looking after her secrets emerge that shows her mother might not be who she thought she was.

February 2022

Absolutely superb. No other words to describe this fantastic take on a serial killer story.
Interesting Nordic thriller, with great female lead
Audible – excellent debut set in a military town

March 2022

Another superb standalone. Alice was a police officer until she has a breakdown. Twists and turns abound.
Interesting look at gender imbalance and how the fact that so many things are based on male measurements.
Great start to a fun new series, retired detectives solve crime.
Audible – A young couple discover a body in their grandmothers house. A good story that I enjoyed.

April 2022

Revisiting an old classic via Audible, laugh out loud story of the hapless Rachel.
Second classic of the month. Dug out my old copy of Wind in the Willow in advance of a trip to the theatre.
Picked up on a trip to Waterstones, really enjoyed this. A great read with plenty of twists.

May 2022

Beautiful story of a Japanese baker who strikes up a friendship with an elderly lady.
A 60 something ‘disease control’ specialist is coming to the end of her career. Compelling and unique.
Esther steps outside for the first time in 16 years and realises danger comes in many forms. Enjoyable read.
Audible – Really enjoyed this crime told backwards.

June 2022

Great story. A girl goes missing and years later clues resurface when a new teacher arrives. A twisty read.
Another superb story by Harlen Coben, a sequel to the Boy In The Woods as Wilde trys to track down his family.
Audible – Rachel is back and all grown up. Made me laugh outloud but also some heartbreaking scenes.

July 2022

A great story of a new boyfriend and the father that doesn’t trust him. A good fun read with a great twist.
I’ve been a big fan of Catherine Ryan Howard since her debut and I have to say this was the best yet. An author survives a serial killer, but the killer is hunting her again.
One from the debut authors panel at Harrogate. Absolutely stunning read. Chloe’s father was a convicted serial killer, but now the killings have started again, can they be stopped? Loved this absolutely thrilling story. Definitely recommend.

August 2022

A netgalley find, with a creepy ‘collector of people’ at the heart. Good story that I enjoyed.
A great series staring Adam Fawley. Really enjoy the way it’s presented as a mix of narrative, diary and social media.
Sometimes a rom com is just what’s needed.

September 2022

Excellent second novel from Nadine. Disturbing story of a serial killer is targeting people with links to a local church.

Very much enjoyed this novel by Claire Mackintosh. A New Years Eve party at an exclusive lake side lodge ends in murder and every one there is a suspect.

I absolutely loved this excellent debut. It was a gripping tale of friendship obsession and the desire to fit into the world around you.

Another tale where morals are tested. A woman is about to get married when she realises that her life wasn’t always what she thought.

October 2022

Utterley absorbing, heartbreaking story of love and lose, set against the background of the war in Syria. The story is both terribly sad yet hopeful. A must read for all.

True story of a woman taken in by a con artist she met online. If it wasn’t true I would say it was completely unbelievable.

A really good story introducing FBI profiler Eva. When she moves back to her home town she is soon embroiled in a missing child case and crimes that will come to haunt her. Really enjoyed it.

November 2022

A great mystery set in a block of apartments full of lies and secrets/ When a man goes missing his sister starts the search but things are not all that they seem.

The Butcher and the Wren byAlaina Urquhart was a good debut set in Louisiana as a serial killer wrecks havoc, whilst the medical examiner tries to catch him. A great read.

This was a lovely little read that I really enjoyed. It inspired me to re-read some classic stories. It also made me want to go and work in a library, it was a really lovely book.

A story that’s worth reading and re-reading regularly.

December 2022

This was another from Harrogate. A serial killer is copying other serial killers. I loved this debut, that was disturbing and absolutely gripping

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Sometimes you just need a bit of romance and comedy, always expertly provided by Marian Keynes

I had this on my tbr for ages and can’t believe it took me so long. This was a great story, I would highly recommend and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Last read of 2022 was the latest from one of my favourite authors. James Bond meets serial killers. Another great read and an excellent way to end the year.