The Jack Reacher series by Lee Child – Most of my reading year was defined by Lee Child’s work; after watching the Tom Cruise movie, I had to find out what all the fuss was about – and ended up reading 13 of the (now 18) books between January and June. The books are undeniable page-turners and Reacher is a strong, compelling hero for these merciless times.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King – This sequel to The Shining was a real surprise, a genuinely emotional read that spoke to old memories, old fears and current feelings. King makes his protagonists believable,
lovable, flawed beings – the only grouse being villains who fold too easily.
The Unremembered Empire by Dan Abnett – This latest contribution to the 27-volume (thus far) The
Horus Heresy space opera brought together numerous threads from previous volumes, some by other authors, tying them neatly together and sowing the seeds for more mayhem: in an isolated corner of the Imperium, desperate men (demigods, more like) resort to desperate measures to preserve the beleaguered empire, even if their actions may be construed as heretical too.