I managed to read 41 books this year. I surpassed my goal of 26 books thanks to commuting. Not all of the books are recently published, but they were new to me.
Here are my faves:
David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife and their four-year-old son at an amusement park. But what begins as a nice family outing turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. A frantic search only leads to an even more shocking turn of events. Until this terrifying moment, David Harwood is just a small-town reporter in need of a break. Now the only thing he cares about is restoring his family. Desperate for any clue, David dives into his own investigation—and into a web of lies and deceit. For with every new piece of evidence he uncovers, David moves closer to the truth.
Nina is a mother, but also a prosecutor. She sends murderers, rapists and burglars to prison everyday. Her world turns upside down when her 5-year old son becomes traumatized after being sexually assaulted. She and her husband will do anything to see justice happen, but she realizes sometimes justice doesn’t always happen in the courtroom.
Don Tillman is a brilliant yet socially awkward genetics professor who’s decided it’s time to find a wife. And so, in the orderly manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs a 16 page survey to find a wife.
Rosie is a spunky, opinionated Psychology major. Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, but Don decides to help her find her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don realizes that Rosie is perfect for him.
One month after Shannon Moroney’s wedding, a police officer arrived at her door to tell her that her husband, Jason, had been arrested and charged in the brutal assault and kidnapping of two women. In the aftermath of these crimes, Shannon dealt with a heavy burden of grief, the stress and publicity of a major criminal investigation, and the painful stigma of guilt-by-association, all while attempting to understand what had made Jason turn to such violence.
Celeste is a young, attractive middle school teacher. She is married to an attractive police officer, but she doesn’t find him attractive. She is only attracted to middle school boys. Her sole purpose in life is to satisfy her sexual desire for young boys. She ultimately starts a “relationship” with one of her students, but it doesn’t quite go as well as she had planned.
Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in her hometown. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the meager cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.
Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and board walks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is not a simple missing person’s case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime.