Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

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This week’s topic is New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018. I read books by 40 new-to-me authors, so I have plenty to choose from. 

Here are my top ten, in a-z author order:

Belinda Bauer – I read Blacklandsher debut novel about a battle of wits between a child serial killer and a twelve year old boy. Since reading this book I’ve also read Snap and Rubbernecker.

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book cover of Blacklands

Michel Bussi –  Time is a Killera psychological thriller, translated from the French; this shifts from the past to the present, set on the island of Corsica.

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book cover of Time Is a Killer

Robert Dinsdale: The Toymakers – a magical and wonderful book set mainly in 1917 whilst the First World War was taking its toll of humanity, leaving despair and tragedy in its wake. It’s a blend of historical fiction and magic realism.

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book cover of The Toymakers

Lisa Jewell -Her first book, Ralph’s Party, came out in 1998 and since then she has written many books. Watching You is her latest book,  crime fiction that keeps you guessing about everything right from the first page – someone was murdered, but who was it and why, and just who was the killer? 

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book cover of Watching You

Alma Katsu: The Hunger, historical fiction, weaving facts with hints of the supernatural and Indian myths, about the Donner Party, pioneers as they made their way west to California in 1846.

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book cover of The Hunger

Joseph Knox: The Smiling Man the second Aidan Waits book. Waits is a Detective Constable who plays very close to the edge and has little regard for his own safety in this fascinating and complex murder mystery.

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book cover of The Smiling Man

Andrew Miller: Now We Shall Be Entirely Free historical fiction, set in 1809 during the Peninsular Wars. Captain John Lacroix has returned to England, injured and close to death. as he regains his physical health  it is clear that he is on the edge of a breakdown, mentally and emotionally.

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book cover of Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

Rhiannon Navin: Only Child, her debut novel. It’s one of the most powerful books I’ve read for ages. It’s emotional, moving and absolutely compelling reading.  

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Only Child

Barney Norris: Turning for Home set on the day of Robert’s 80th birthday celebration. Still grieving after his wife’s recent death, he is finding it a sad, rather than a joyful occasion as the family gather together. A moving book with emotional depth.

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Turning for Home

Jo Spain: The Confession her fifth book this is set in Ireland. It begins as Harry McNamara, a banker, recently cleared of multiple accounts of fraud, is brutally attacked in his own home in front of his wife, Julie.

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The Confession

Since reading The Confession I’ve also read The Darkest Place and Dirty Little Secrets.

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018”

  1. Spain was new to me last year as well and I really really enjoyed her. Miller I had read before but I am happy to endorse your recommendation. I have had problems with Bauer, however. I didn’t get on with her first book and Snap didn’t do anything for me either. Oh well not everything is going to suit every reader.

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    1. I enjoyed Blacklands, but was disappointed with Snap, as I thought it relied quite a lot on several coincidences and some of the characters were not much more than caricatures. On the other hand though I did enjoy Rubbernecker, which was about a medical student with Asperger’s Syndrome. As you say not everything is going to suit every reader.

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  2. Now that you’ve tried Miller, can I recommend (highly) his earlier novel called Pure which is set in France where a young engineer is commissioned to oversee the removal of bodies from a cemetery in Paris. Stunning novel

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  3. I really like this A-Z approach to sharing your new-to-me authors, Margaret. And there are a few there that really tempt me! Here’s to another year of new discoveries.

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  4. Looks like some interesting reading, I was turned down for an arc of Now We Shall Be Entirely Free last year.
    Did I miss out hugely? I am playing with the idea of ordering it from the library later in the year.

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    1. Well, I enjoyed it, most of all I enjoyed the writing, particularly Miller’s ability to write in such a lyrical style, to convey emotions and create such complex characters that are so believable that you can empathise with them.

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    1. One of the things I loved most about it is the narrative voice – that of seven-year old Zach and I admired Rhiannon Navin’s portrayal of all the characters. It is such a sad book, but ultimately it is uplifting.

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  5. You found some fantastic new authors last year – Belinda Bauer is one of my favourites – I highly recommend The Facts of Life and Dead! There are a fair few other familiar names in your list not least Barney Norris whose Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain.

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