One of you asked me to list my favorite books from 2021.

There may be someone on your Christmas list that would enjoy one of these books.

Logo the best books I've read in 2021

Here is that list:

The Family by Naomi Krupitsky: Published November 2, 2021

SUMMARY: A captivating debut novel about the tangled fates of two best friends and daughters of the Italian mafia, and a coming-of-age story of twentieth-century Brooklyn itself.

The Collective by Alison Gaylin: Published November 2, 2021

SUMMARY: Camille is drawn into a dark web where these mothers of murdered children share their wildly different stories of loss as well as their desire for justice in a world where privilege denies accountability. Fueled by mutual rage, the collective members devise and act out retribution fantasies via precise, anonymous, highly coordinated revenge killings.

Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger: Published October 5, 2021

SUMMARY: She met him through a dating app. An intriguing picture on a screen, a date at a downtown bar. What she thought might be just a quick hookup quickly became much more. She fell for him—hard. But then, just as things were getting real, he stood her up. Then he disappeared—profiles deleted, phone disconnected. She was ghosted.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave: Published May 4, 2021

SUMMARY: Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey.
Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica: Published November 2, 2021

SUMMARY: Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected?

Billy Summers by Stephen King: Published August 3, 2021

SUMMARY: Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong? How about everything.

The First Day Of Spring by Nancy Tucker: Published May 18, 2021

SUMMARY: Chrissie is eight and she has a secret: she has just killed a boy. The feeling made her belly fizz like soda pop. Her playmates are tearful and their mothers are terrified, keeping them locked indoors. Twenty years later, adult Chrissie is living in hiding under a changed name. A single mother, all she wants for her daughter is to have the childhood she was denied. But people are looking for them and Chrissie fears losing the only thing in this world she cares about, her child.

Flatshare by Beth O’Leary: Published January 5, 2021

SUMMARY: Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met. After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. Desperation makes her open-minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet.

We Are All The Same In The Dark by Julia Heaberlin: Published July 27, 2021

SUMMARY: In this twisty psychological thriller, Julia Heaberlin paints unforgettable portraits of a woman and a girl who redefine perceptions of physical beauty and strength. The discovery of a girl abandoned by the side of the road threatens to unearth the long-buried secrets of a Texas town’s legendary cold case.

The Light Through The Leaves by Glendy Vanderah: Published April 1, 2021

SUMMARY: One unbearable mistake at the edge of the forest. In a moment of crisis, Ellis Abbey leaves her daughter, Viola, unattended―for just a few minutes. But when she returns, Viola is gone. Convinced she can only do more harm to her family, Ellis leaves her husband and young sons, burying her desperate ache for her children deeper with every step into the mountain wildernesses she treks alone.

The Other Mothers by M.M. Chouinard: Published January 20, 2021

SUMMARY: On the same day her baby girl vanished, Gia found out she was pregnant with the sister Nicole had begged for. Gia is also devastated that her best friend Karen was supervising the playground when Nicole was taken. And when Nicole’s body is discovered, Gia can’t help but ask: why didn’t Karen protect her little girl?

Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner: Published January 19, 2021

SUMMARY: Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will–searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking.

The Unwilling by John Hart: Published February 2, 2021

SUMMARY: Jason, a decorated killer now freshly released from a three-year stint in prison, won’t speak of the Vietnam war or of his time behind bars, but he wants a relationship with the younger brother he hasn’t known for years. Determined to make that connection, he coaxes Gibby into a day at the lake: long hours of sunshine and whisky and older women. But the day turns ugly when the four encounter a prison transfer bus on a stretch of empty road.

The Neighbor’s Secret by L. Allison Heller: Published October 5, 2021

SUMMARY: How well do you really know your neighbors? Cottonwood Estates is the perfect place to raise children. The Cottonwood Book Club serves as the subdivision’s eyes and ears, meeting once a month for discussion, gossip, and cocktails. If their selections trend toward twisty thrillers and salacious murder mysteries, it’s only because the members feel secure that such evil has no place in their own cul-de-sacs. Or does it?

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney: Published September 7, 2021

SUMMARY: Things have been wrong with Mr. and Mrs. Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.

They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after. Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.

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  1. I can’t even remember the names now but I’ve read several books that you suggested and they’ve always been great suggestions. Haven’t commented A while but still enjoying your blog. Really happy to see you have little Gracie and that you are going to be moving soon. Keep doing what you do we all enjoy it.

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