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Handwritten Girl’s Top 12 Books of 2022

Handwritten Girl’s Top 12 Books of 2022

It was initially meant to be my top 10 books of the year but I really struggled as we were treated to some fantastic books, so here’s my top 12 books of 2022!

The list is a combination of debuts and the return of some of my favourite authors, including Marian Keyes and Louise O’Neill. There’s something for everyone – comedy, drama, crime and psychology thrillers.

If you’re looking for some book inspiration for yourself or some Christmas gifts, hopefully this list will help you out.

1. ‘Meredith, Alone’ by Claire Alexander.
2. ‘Love and Other Human Errors’ by Bethany Clift.
3. ‘A Tidy Ending’ by Joanna Cannon.
4. ‘Wahala’ by Nikki May.
5. ‘The Vanishing Of Margaret Small’ by Neil Alexander.
6. ‘So Happy For You’ by Celia Laskey.
7. ‘Idol’ by Louise O’Neill.
8. ‘Mad About You’ by Mhairi McFarlane.
9. ‘The Dead Romantics’ by Ashley Poston.
10. ‘The Hive’ by Scarlett Brade.
11. ‘Again, Rachel’ by Marian Keyes.
12. ‘One Of The Girls’ by Lucy Clarke.

One of The Girls by Lucy Clarke

One of The Girls‘One of The Girls’ is the latest book by Lucy Clarke.

We were dying for a holiday. The six of us arrived on that beautiful Greek island dreaming of sun-drenched beaches and blood orange sunsets, ready to lose ourselves in the wild freedom of a weekend away with friends. On the first night we swam under a blanket of stars. On the second night the games began on our clifftop terrace. On the third night the idyll cracked, secrets and lies whispering on the breeze. And by the final night there was a body on the rocks below. Who would kill for it?

Lexi never thought she’d get married but along came Ed and suddenly she’s got a ring on her finger and bursting to say ‘I do’. Along with her five friends, she goes to Greece for her hen weekend and looks forward to reminiscing, fun and adventures but instead is faced with lies, revelations and a dead body.

You always know that when you’re settling down to a book by Lucy Clarke, you’re going to be in for a bumpy ride and her latest book was exactly that. A rocky ship that’s not for the faint hearted.

I absolutely loved this fast paced thriller, packed with unreliable and suspicious women that all had secrets or dramas going on in their lives. Outspoken and ballsy Bella, who’s the Maid of Honour has an unhealthy obsession with Lexi and wants to constantly be the centre of Lexi and everyone’s attention.

Her girlfriend Fen is unsure of her feelings, whilst Eleanor, Lexi’s to be sister in law, is sad that she was unable to make it down the aisle due to the tragic death of her fiancé Sam. Robyn, Lexi and Bella’d childhood is dealing with the aftermath of a broken marriage and new born baby and Ana is adapting to her little boy becoming a surly teenager.

I loved the dynamics of this story, the conflict was rife and each snappy chapter was riddled with suspense. The different narratives made the story particularly gripping as all the women had a gripe with someone so that made the story even more thrilling as we wondered who the victim was and who killed them.

Set against the hot and heady backdrop of Greece, ‘One Of The Girls’ is an intoxicating thriller packed with twists, tension that makes for perfect poolside reading.

You can buy ‘One Of The Girls’ from Amazon and is available to buy good bookshops.