Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since I last updated this corner of the blog. I’ve been meaning to talk about another one of my favorite authors of all time, but I always end up with a blank page simply because I’m afraid that I might not give him justice with the things that I’m going to say about him and his works.
But today, since it’s almost the end of the year, I’m featuring 8 authors that I’ve discovered in 2022 and loved. Take note that these authors have yet to make it to my favorite authors list, but I am featuring them in this section of my blog because I deeply enjoyed reading one or two of their books this year. So without further ado, let’s jump right in:
In the past couple of years, I’ve been gradually drawn to suspense and thriller novels. In 2022, I made a deep-dive into the genre and haven’t found an escape since, not that I’m complaining because despite still discovering new titles and authors, I can totally declare that this is now my genre. I have been afraid to read Agatha Christie for so long because her works are already considered classics when it comes to this genre and I’m not sure I’m going to like it given that I always have a hard time appreciating classic novels (it’s a me thing). Anyway, I am so glad that I tried And Then There Were None this year as BOTM for the book club that I joined in. It was one of the best reading experiences that I’ve had and this book also entertained me during the time that I got Covid. I will surely pick up her other works!
Mary Higgins Clark
Another classic author when it comes to this genre is Mary Higgins Clark. When I started No Place Like Home, I went into it without any expectations as one of my co-members in the book club said it was just an okay read for her, but I definitely enjoyed this. I got my copy of the book as a prize for one of the giveaways that I joined, so I planned on just reading this first before investing on her other works — just to gauge if her works are something I would like to read more of in the future and it is! I honestly enjoyed it despite the slow burn. I honestly didn’t have a clue who’s the killer in the story and the twist at the ending is just absolutely intense.
Nick Cutter is one of the authors that I’ve been wanting to read since last year but his books aren’t widely available in the Philippines. Luckily, I scored The Troop from a secondhand book seller on Facebook and I am so happy to finally try this particular book as I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. And it didn’t disappoint! It was kind of a slow start for me, but the build up was worth it in the end. I really enjoyed this and I’m so excited to read The Deep and Little Heaven.
Another author that I’ve heard nothing but great things about is Eric LaRocca. I’ve been really curious as to what the fuss is all about, so I tried Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke and oh, my gods, it’s crazy and deserved all the freaking hype. I mean, seriously, what did you do to deserve your eyes?
Shari Lapena’s works is one of my most enjoyable reads this year as her writing-style is not only easy to read, but also fast-paced which just has the capacity to put you at the edge of your seat reading until dawn. I’ve been meaning to read her works for the longest time, and I’m glad that I finally did it this year.
Sadie by Courtney Summers has been recommended to me multiple times and I’ve had a copy for a while, so I decided to go ahead and pick it up and to be perfectly honest, what the hell was I doing letting a book like this sit on my shelf unread for that long? It’s amazing and very unique, and I feel the hurt and the anger that Sadie felt while reading this book. It’s both thrilling and sad and just worth the read. This book deserves more hype! I’ve recently acquired a copy of Courtney’s other book and I’m hoping to get to that in 2023; I’m also hoping that it’s as good as Sadie.
Adam Cesare’s Clown in a Cornfield has been on my Goodreads TBR ever since it was released. I mean, it has all the warning signs that I will enjoy it: Small town? Killer clowns? It’s everything I want in a slasher, and as expected, I really enjoyed it. It was such a fun time, it’s as if I’m watching a horror movie. The second book came out this year and I’ve already bought a copy, so it’s just a matter of time before I get to read that one too.
Here’s another author on my radar for the longest time, and I’m happy that I finally read one of his novels with the push of my book club! Final Girls had quite a slow start for me and it turned out quite differently than I expected, but nevertheless, it’s one of my most enjoyable reads this year. I’m looking forward to reading more of Sager’s works in 2023 and the coming years.
I know you guys have read new authors too, how did it go? Did you discover new favorites? Or at least a new author that you enjoyed?