Books of the year


After reading so many other ‘books of the year’ posts, I thought it was about time I added my own. I don’t like to rank books but over the next few days I’ll be adding details about what I’ve read and loved this year.

With a huge to TBR pile, I don’t always read the latest releases so many of the books on my list this year were not published in 2019. However, one of my favourite books published this year is the wonderful November Road by Lou Berney. Set during the time of JFK’s assignation, November Road is an intriguing novel with beautiful characterisation. At its heart, it’s a story about redemption but it’s also a thrilling crime read.

Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out…

A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Within hours of JFK’s murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead. Suspecting he’s next, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas. When he spots a beautiful housewife and her two young daughters stranded on the side of the road, he sees the perfect disguise to cover his tracks from the hit men on his trail.

The two strangers share the open road west – and find each other on the way. But Guidry’s relentless hunters are closing in on him, and now he doesn’t want to just survive, he wants to really live, maybe for the first time.

Everyone’s expendable, or they should be, but Guidry just can’t throw away the woman he’s come to love. And it might get them both killed.

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