Fiction Books

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Here you’re going to find all of my favorite fiction books that aren’t young adult.  You’ll see a lot of thrillers and dystopians here with the occasional contemporary.  I’m always looking to branch out and will update this as I find new books I love, so make sure to check back!  You can find all of my other book-related posts here.

The Rope

After living on Lake Powell, I had to read this.  Anna Pigeon takes her first seasonal job at Dangling Rope Marina and goes out hiking on her own.  After waking up in a hole, she has no idea what happened.  After piecing together her memories, she realizes what happens and makes a plan to escape in the hopes of returning to the marina.

Blind Descent

This is another novel starring Anna Pigeon, a National Park Ranger.  This tale takes place in the depths of the Lechuguilla cave system in Carlsbad Caverns.  A friend of Anna’s is in an accident in the depths of the cave and Anna is called in to help solve this mystery and help her friend, only Anna has claustrophobia and has spent her life aboveground for that reason.  Now she is solving two murders above and below ground.


Joe Goldberg works at a bookstore in New York and he seems like a normal guy, except that he’s not.  Guinevere Beck comes into the bookstore one day and he’s hooked right away.  He Googles the name on her credit card.  Then he searches for her on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram where he learns all he needs to know.  He becomes obsessed with her and controlling her life, and everyone in it.  He turns himself into the perfect man for her, getting rid of any obstacles in their way, no matter what that means.

I would highly recommend listening to the audiobook version of this.  The narrator is SO GOOD and sounds just like Joe from the show, which you should also watch.  The audiobook version is available on Scribd along with the sequel.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

This is probably one of my favorite books.  I read the whole thing in a couple of days.  Young Bee aces school and is promised a trip to Antarctica.  Bernadette, her agoraphobic mother, disappears.  Bee sets out to find her on an epic adventure to Antarctica.

12 Nights at Rotter House

Felix Allsey is a travel writer.  A Paranormal travel writer.  When he first sees the Rotter House and hears its story, he comes up with his own perfect story: thirteen nights alone in the Rotter House.  It takes a little convincing of the owner before she agrees, but soon enough, he’s in the house with files on its history.  Things start out uneventful, but soon turn dark.  After using a Ouija board with his friend Thomas who joined him, they start to hear screams and see apparitions.  With an unexpected twist, this is the perfect spooky book to keep you up at night.

I did receive an advance readers copy of this book.


The Hidden Staircase

I had to have a Nancy Drew book on this list.  They’re old and easy reads, but every now and then I still enjoy them.  Willie Wharton is missing and it’s Nancy’s job to find him and to solve too many other mysteries.  Only finding the hidden staircase will help.


Set in an unsettling negative Utopia, Big Brother is watching and you’re probably committing thoughtcrime and being sought after by the thought police.  History is rewritten and I don’t even know how to describe this book effectively, it’s just one that you can’t not read.

Gone the Next

Roy Ballard is an insurance fraud investigator going about his job as usual when he thinks he spots a recently missing girl.  He takes investigating upon himself and it ends up being the most important case of his life.

Exposed Darkness

Whether you are a fan of horses or not (like me, usually) this is a great read.  Brooke finds herself in Lexington, Kentucky after a threat of bioterrorism is found.  The Lieutenant governor is murdered and she is sent a video of it happening.  It seems her late husband’s brother is the target and now she is determined to help the FBI solve this case.


Tortured Dreams (Dreams & Reality series)

I read the first book in this series two years ago and loved it.  It’s pretty dark, but I was hooked right away.  I got the first free on my Kindle.  Then a few weeks ago, I found the second (Elysium Dreams) for free as well.  So of course, I got it.  And then I bought the other 9 or 10.  US Marshal Aislinn Cain is part of the Serial Crimes Tracking Unit, called in to track some of the worst serial killers.  She is a sociopath herself and they are all a wild ride.

Today Will Be Different

This is another from Maria Semple (as is Where’d You Go, Bernadette?).  I love her writing style and I finished this in like, two days.  Eleanor Flood decides today will be different.  She will be nice.  She will shower.  She will tackle the little things in life and push her lack of ambition to the side.  Instead, the day takes a wild turn and we’re along for the ride.

The Handmaids Tale

I watched this on Hulu before reading it.  (If you haven’t seen it and don’t have Hulu, you can get two weeks free with this link to watch it.) . I really enjoyed reading it though.  Offred is a handmaid for Commander Waterford and his wife in the Republic of Gilead where fertility issues are rampant.  This is the story as told by Offred.  I wasn’t sure about the book before I read it because some of the reviews aren’t great, but after watching the show, I really enjoyed it.

In a Dark Dark Wood

In this psychological thriller, Leonora is invited to a hen weekend in the English countryside.  What is supposed to be a fun weekend turns dark with secrets being dug up from the past.  I really enjoyed this one, but I didn’t think it was near as scary as the cover makes it sound.  It is worth reading though.

Guise of Another

James Putnam is killed in a car accident in Minneapolis, Minnesota (woo!) when a detective whose life is in a downward spiral finds out that isn’t his real identity.  He makes it a personal mission to find out what happened to the real James Putnam years earlier.  When I first started this, I had to push through, but as I read more, I liked it a lot more.

What is your favorite fiction book?  What contemporary books should I check out?