The very best crime novels of 2015
We can’t believe we’re reaching the end of another cracking year – it feels like only yesterday that we were brimming with excitement over what 2015 had in store for us!
And the year sure has delivered on the book front, hasn’t it? Here at Dead Good HQ, we’ve been arguing for weeks over the best crime novels of 2015 because there are so many fantastic contenders.
But after all that bickering we’re finally in agreement. Here are the ten best crime novels of 2015, as chosen by us. What were your favourite books of this year? Let us know in the comments below…
The Very Best Crime Novels of 2015
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
We always knew The Girl on the Train was going to be big – but who could have predicted such phenomenal success? With over two million copies sold so far and Emily Blunt starring in the much-anticipated movie adaptation, this is without a doubt the thriller of the year and one we’ll continue hearing about for some time.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
I Let You Go is an absolutely beautiful novel with one massive twist you just won’t see coming – and if you’re yet to read it you are definitely in for a treat. Having worked in the police force herself, Clare Mackintosh has written both an authentic police procedural and a gripping psychological thriller that will stay with you long after you’ve finished the final page.
What She Left by T R Richmond
What She Left is a story pieced together from what remains after the victim, Alice, has gone: her letters, diary entries, text messages, social media posts and news reports. With many subjective accounts and snippets rather than one single narrative voice, this stunning debut provides a fascinating examination of the traces we leave behind in a digital age.
The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne
How can we describe The Ice Twins? Creepy and chilling just don’t cover it. S K Tremayne deftly weaves together the twisting plot with dark, atmospheric descriptions of desolate landscapes to create a beautiful tale of suspense and never-ending sense of foreboding. A heartbreaking story about love and loss.
In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
This fun and deliciously chilling thriller has a hugely entertaining premise: at a hen party for an old friend, something goes horribly wrong. Someone’s getting married and someone’s getting murdered. In A Dark, Dark Wood is an addictive whodunnit – and we’re not the only ones who think so. It’s currently being adapted for film by none other than Reese Witherspoon!
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
With such an evocative title, this novel could hardly not live up to its hype. The Girl in the Red Coat follows Beth, the mother of eight-year-old Carmel, when her daughter is abducted by an elderly man at a festival. Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone for good, Beth embarks on a mission to find her. Hugely moving, this is an incredible debut thriller.
Disclaimer by Renée Knight
What if you picked up a novel, began reading and discovered – to your horror – that it was all about you? That’s precisely what happens to Catherine in Disclaimer, a brilliantly twisty and intricately plotted psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
Continuation fiction is always a challenge, especially when the original novels are so well-admired as Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy. Luckily for us, Lagencrantz’s novel is a welcome addition to this world with a stylish and complex plot. Murder, hacking, artificial intelligence – this book is a unique and riveting read, not least because of the spiky and compelling heroine in the reawakened Lisbeth Salander.
Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
Reading the last book by one of your favourite authors is always an emotional experience – so we were in equal parts saddened and excited to read Dark Corners, the final novel by Ruth Rendell. This dark and atmospheric tale of psychological suspense provides the perfect blend of wry humour and acute observation – it’s Rendell at her most memorable and best.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Cormoran Strike returned this year in what we think is his best outing so far. A complex plot, brilliant characters, twists and turns – Career of Evil has it all and we just couldn’t put it down. We thought we were excited for BBC One’s The Cormoran Strike Mysteries before we read this. We can barely contain ourselves now.