By Alex Hughes
Anna asked me to make a list of my top ten favorite fiction books so far for 2012, and I was delighted to take the challenge. This list is books and authors that are new to me this year, not necessarily new releases. They are in no particular order.
The Third Gate – Lincoln Child
A race against time, an undiscovered Egyptian tomb in a swamp, and strange happenings on the dig all add up to a great story and a lot of fun.
Kylie Chan’s Dark Heavens Trilogy
This trilogy is urban fantasy set in Hong Kong using native Chinese mythology to build its magic system. A great main character and a fascinating world.
Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Set up as a paranormal romance in Victorian London, this book manages to transcend its category. Gorgeous structuring, great historical and magical detail, and a heroine I rooted for the whole way. I loved.
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
A modern-day tragedy with a highly memorable, relatable protagonist, who is mute by choice and brilliant with locks. I’ve been reading lighter stuff this year, but the author had me at page one and pulled me all the way through, despite the heavy subject matter.
I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
I bought this after watching his Story Structure videos, and found myself pleasantly surprised and delighted. Heavy irony and strong subject matter, but I rooted for the hero from page one and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander
What could be more interesting than a night shift nurse taking care of paranormals? Cool paranormals, that’s what, plus a love interest who’s a zombie.
Wicked As They Come by Delilah Dawson
A great fantasy world with a strong romance and bloodsucking bunnies, plus a carnival full of strange and wondrous creatures – I thoroughly enjoyed.
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
I don’t usually read YA, but this one grabbed me; the main character’s struggles felt real and interesting. She has a mermaid sidekick, a fae ex-love-interest, and all she wants is to be normal. Charming.
Timeless by Gail Carringer
The last in the series, this one still stuck out enough for me to mention it by name. A delightful, unexpected, and perfect ending to an unconventional series with a great voice.
The Reversal by Michael Connelly
I “read” this one on audio book in the middle of a long drive, and the miles just seemed to melt away. I found myself at my destination, sitting in the car waiting while the last chapter played… suspenseful and touching.
By Alex Hughes
A RUTHLESS KILLER— OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.
My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary.
Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.
Alex Hughes is the author of the Mindspace Investigations series. The first book, Clean, is out this month and stars a telepath recovering from an addiction while helping the police in future Atlanta solve crimes. This time they’re hunting a serial killer who kills with the mind.
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