The top 9 novels of 2015 at the Library!
By Jimmie Epling
Darlington County Library System
Every year about this time lists of the “best” books of the year begin to appear. The Darlington County Library System now plugs its very own “Top 9 Novels of 2015!” list.
“Alert: a Michael Bennett Novel” by James Patterson. After two inexplicable high-tech attacks, New York City is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett and FBI Agent Emily Parker have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility for wreaking havoc in the city.
“Come Away With Me” by Karma Brown. Tegan Lawson has everything she could hope until a patch of black ice causes a devastating accident. With her friend Gabe, they embark on a journey to escape the tragedy and search for forgiveness. But they learn that grief follows you no matter how far away you run and that acceptance comes when you least expect it.
“Nemesis: an FBI Thriller” by Catherine Coulter. Special Agent Lacey Sherlock foils a terrorist attack at JFK airport only to discover a bomb attack on St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Who is really behind the attempted bombing at JFK and the attack at St. Patrick’s? Special Agents Dillon Savich and Sherlock race to stop another terrorist plot.
“The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. This is the story of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied France during World War II. The novel celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.
“Truth or Die” by James Patterson. Attorney Trevor Mann found happiness with his journalist girlfriend until she unearthed evidence of a shocking secret that every government and terrorist organization would do anything to possess. It is up to Trevor, his girlfriend, and a teenage genius to make sure that secret doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
“Memory Man” by David Baldacci. Amos Decker’s life first changed when a violent helmet-to-helmet collision ended his pro football career and left him with a side effect–he can never forget anything. The second came two decades later as police detective when he found his family murdered. Unable to forget a single detail, his world collapsed around him and he left the force to become a P.I. He is called back to investigate new evidence about the murders he can never forget.
“Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee. This sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” finds 26 year-old Jean Louise Finch, “Scout,” returning home to visit her aging father, Atticus. Her homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her, throwing her values and assumptions into doubt.
“The Liar” by Nora Roberts. Shelby Foxworth lost her husband and discovered he was an adulterer and liar with multiple IDs and huge debt. She takes her 3 year-old daughter and heads for the comfort of her hometown. It does not last as her dead husband’s secrets and an attempted murder threaten her family and new love.
“The Melody Lingers On” by Mary Higgins Clark. As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, is called on to help redecorate a modest townhouse belonging to the wife of a notorious and disgraced financier. His clients and the federal government all want to trace the money and find financier if he is still alive.