Saturday, January 17, 2015

Amazing Debut Novels of 2014


This is a great time to recap some of my favorite debut novels from 2014. Debut novels are wonderful! The author does their best to make their first novel fantastic so they can capture an immediate fan base. It happened with J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and more recently Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson, Still Alice by Lisa Genova and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 

2014 offered many wonderful debut novels that are so great, you should definitely make time to read at least one of them. 

2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas: A Novel by Marie-Helene Bertino
An enchanting and original debut novel that will capture your heart and have you laughing out loud. 
Painted Horses: A Novel by Malcolm Brooks
Further Out Than You Thought: A Novel by Michaela Carter
An ambitious debut novel that captures the grandeur of the the American Southwest as it sends a dauntless young woman on a heroic quest and sings a love song to the horseman's vanishing way of life. 
Season of The Dragonflies by Sarah Creech
This debut novel captures the essence of sisterhood with the sweetness of flowers, a beguiling tale of magic, old secrets and love.
Don't Ever Look Back by Daniel Friedman
This novel takes a decades old feud between two elderly gentlemen and brings it to an explosive conclusion. An excellent mystery novel.
I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller by Terry Hayes
This astonishing debut espionage thriller depicts the collision course between two geniuses, one a tortured hero and the other a determined terrorist. This is a breakneck story that readers will not want to put down. 
Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter
Hunter's debut novel is gritty and an unrelenting baring of lost souls that pulls readers along. This is a hauntingly dark novel that will keep you turning pages until you reach the shocking conclusion. 
The Book of You by Claire Kendall
This is a darkly sophisticated, utterly compelling debut novel that explores what happens when the lines between love and compulsion, fantasy and reality become blurred. 
California: A Novel by Eden Lupecki
A gripping and provocative debut novel imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how fare we will go to protect the ones we love.
Down the Shore: A Novel by Stan Parish
This is an unflinching and unforgettable story of youth steeped in excess. The debut novel reminds us that not even an ocean can separate us from our family, our friends and our past. 
Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons
A chilling and compelling debut thriller that takes you into the hospital and details the politics and hierarchy among doctors as well as the life and death decisions which are made. Parsons work will have you glued to the pages to see what happens next.
In the Light Of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman
This debut novel is set against the post 9/11 economic crisis. It is surprisingly tender and chronicles the lives of people who carry unshakable legacies of class and culture as they struggle to tame their futures. 
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Smith Simpson
This elegant, evocative and haunting debut captures the singular love between parent and child, the devastation of love lost and the desperate paths we travel in the hopes of finding love again. 
Night Blindness by Susan Strecker
An emotionally thrilling and compelling debut set during a New England summer, is a novel about the choices we make, the sanctity of friendship and the power of love.
Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
This debut is a gorgeous, vibrant story that follows the Bradshaw family through sixty years of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, losses and triumphs. 

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