Sally's Staff Picks

Sally Woods at Murder By The Book since 2011

I read a bit of everything, so I've tried to include both old and new favorites. That said, my favorite genre is dystopian. Though,sometimes I think I read too much of it as I can get obsessed. Two of my favs are in this stack. ( I had to stop watching The Walking Dead when I started becoming too aware of my surroundings and looking for escape routes.)

Other favorite authors are Kevin Brockmeier, whose writing makes me happy, and Marianne Wiggins whose Evidence of Things Unseen is possibly my favorite book of all time.

Mystery wise, Tana French has a wonderful Irish series. I always look forward to anything by Laura Lippman and Megan Abbott. I'm trying to catch up on women crime writers from the 40's and 50's, the collection here is incredible. David Joy. His writing will stop you in your tracks with its beauty.

Sally's 2020 Top 10:

In no particular in order

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab
And Now She's Gone by Rachel Howell Hall
Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
I See You So Close by M Dressler
If It Bleeds by Stephen King
Firewatching by Russ Thomas
The End of October by Lawrence Wright
Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
The Two Mrs Carlyles by Suzanne Rindell

Bonus Fun Book!
Behind the Horror: True Stories that Inspired Horror Movies by Lee Mellor


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ISBN: 9781789096491
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Published: Hard Case Crime - March 2nd, 2021

“Part detective tale, part thriller…touching and genuine.” —The New York Times
#1 bestselling author Stephen King returns with a brand-new novel about the secrets we keep buried and the cost of unearthing them.


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ISBN: 9780316535939
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 9th, 2021

Every time Michael Koryta has a new book, I say to myself, this is my favorite Michael Koryta.  "Never Far Away" is no exception to that.

Never Far Away is the very definition of a page turner.  From the tension filled first chapter to the very last page, I didn't want to put it down.

Never Far Away is the story of Nina Morgan, who fakes her own death to protect her family after she was a witness to a terrible crime. She changes her name and moves to Maine. Ten years later, circumstances warrant her need to to go get her children and bring them to the wilderness of Maine. A decision she quickly begins to wonder if it was the right one.

Two hit men, hired by her former employer are on her trail. Will she be able to stay ahead of them?

A fast- paced, high-octane read, Never Far Away is the thriller you've been waiting for.

Highly recommended! - Sally

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ISBN: 9780593296677
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - February 2nd, 2021

An instant New York Times bestseller!

“An eerie, atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat.” Reese Witherspoon

You won't want to leave. . . until you can't.

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By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781250249258
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 23rd, 2021

"Come for the mounting horror and scares, but stay for a devastating examination of the nature of family secrets." - New York Times book review

A Most Anticipated Book Goodreads * Publishers Weekly * Crime Reads * Popsugar * Bookish * #1 Loanstar Pick in Canada

An Indie Next pick!

A Library Reads Pick!