Here is my personal list of the best books I read in 2010:
1. Prince Of Thieves by Chuck Hogan. Originally published in 2004 it was released under the name The Town to coincide with the movie by the same name starring Ben Affleck. I really loved this book. Loved the writing. It was raw and powerful and Hogan did an awesome job of creating a likable "bad guy"(I love those likable bad guys). I really enjoyed the concept of the book, the doomed love story between the reluctant bad guy who dreams of a better life and the girl he can never have. The movie was good, although did deviate quite a bit from the book but still well done.
2. A Kind Of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth. This is a chilling story told in first person about a young woman's break with reality. The main character Annie, is so believable and so twisted in her thinking that you can't help but allow her to get under your skin. The story is laced with humour which helps alleviate the darkness. Heartbreaking and very creepy.
3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. This was a creepy dark little book that I couldn't put down. The main character is so flawed, I thought it was almost risky to make her that dysfunctional. I was boarder-line not liking her at times, but in the end I felt only compassion. Definitely intense and macabre.
4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I was tempted to buy this book a number of times when I saw it in the book store but each time I set it down again and it was because of the concept of the narrator being a dead girl. It just seemed a little too much belief suspending to me. But finally I broke down and bought it and am I ever glad I did. Loved the book and I loved the movie just as much. Parts of it brought me to tears. Beautifully written with complex memorable characters.
5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. A haunting story, a bit rambling at times, but compelling none the less.
6. Out by Natsuo Kirino A women's murder club. Loved it. A brilliant and fascinating page turner.
7. Lullabies For Little Criminals by Heather O'Neil. A beautifully written novel and heartbreaking story. I really liked this book but found it at times a bit too much, bordering on depressing. But I love the way O'Neil writes.
8. The Barrens, Rosamond Smith Joyce Carol Oates wrote a series of thrillers under the name Rosamond Smith. Intense and disturbing little page turner.
9. Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain A compelling read, although the movie was a bit different, far more intense. And of course Joan Crawford is brilliant in the movie.
10. Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay This is a fast-paced page turner that kept me on the edge of my seat. Barclay is the master of suspense.