Best of February 2021

Although February has long been and gone I wanted to still make a post about the best books that I’ve managed to read in February. However please bear in mind that although some full reviews might still be pending and will shortly appear on the blog, the criteria for me to include books in a “Best of” is that the books have been read in that particular month.

Without further ado, here are the top 3 books I’ve read in February.

3rd Place – Good Samaritans by Will Carver

Will Carver is one of the best Noir writers (if not the best Noir writers in the UK) and it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of him and his writing.

Good Samaritans by Will Carver is plotted to perfection, the pacing is marvelous and the twists are at every corner. I gasped out loud when I read this book because it swallowed me whole and by the time I came out on the other side, I didn’t know what to do with myself.

Good Samaritans came out in 2018 published by Orenda Books and is really really worth checking out. This can be ordered wherever you shop for books.

Carver has also a new novel coming out this year with Orenda Books called The Beresford which I can’t wait to read before I get Will Carver Withdrawal.

2nd Place – The Friend by Charlie Gallagher

The Friend was the first book I read by Charlie Gallagher. Shame on me as he is a brilliant author who managed to grip me with this novel.

I’m not going to go into many details about the plot and characters because the novel is coming out very very soon and I can’t wait to be able to speak with people about the brilliance of this novel.

Gallagher will definitely be one of the authors I’m going to follow when it comes to Police Procedural novels.

The Friend comes out on 01/04/2021 from Avon Books and can be pre-ordered everywhere good books are sold.

1st Place – The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

Gosh, I loved this book. The way Catriona Ward writes just so enthralling and refreshing. The Last House on Needless Street is the type of book that you have to cancel your plans for the day and prepare yourself for a ride.

The multi-layered plot is brilliantly executed because there are red herrings peppered through it. Ward plays a fair game, giving you enough hints for you to be able to figure out the mystery at it’s heart but because her descriptions are so vivid I wasn’t able to guess in advance the plot twist.

I wouldn’t be surprised if The Last House on Needless Street will be considered the epitome of gothic and even psychological thrillers of this decade.

The Last House on Needless Street is out today, 18/03/2021 from Viper Books and can be bought everywhere good books are sold.

March has been as amazing as February so far and I have a few other highly anticipated reads lined up for this month which I know will give me trouble to make the Best of March. Nonetheless, keep on reading <3.

Best of January 2021

BooksTechnica is now a month old. I’m so happy with the fact that I took the decision to invest time in a blog, to share my opinions of the books I read and try to share the love of reading books.

January was a bumpy start to the year. In retrospect I believe that I’ve never read as much as I did this January. Nonetheless this permitted me to make a top three of the best books I read in January, across all genres.

Without further ado, here are my top 3 novels I read in January 2021.

Third Place – THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King

This was my first ever thriller by Stephen King and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

The story is complex, the characters are amazing, the idea behind the whole novel is mind blowing. King’s writing is so beloved by everyone for a reason and I can’t say I didn’t expect to be impressed by his way with words but to a certain degree I didn’t expect him to be this good.

The setting, the tone, everything is on point. There was not one crack in the whole novel that I could see and even though it was a farfetched idea and concept, by the end of the book I found myself believing everything I had just read and panicked thinking that this might be real. And might be happening without us knowing.

Second Place – DEAR CHILD by Romy Hausmann

This second place is very well deserved in my opinion. I think the only reason why I didn’t award Romy Hausmann with the first place wasn’t of the writers fault but because I had read a better thriller this month in my opinion.

I loved this. As I mentioned in the review of this book, I hope Quercus decides to publish, Hausmann’s debut as well. There is nothing I would change about the way this book has been executed. Translation is on point and makes sense although I know multiple people found it a bit clunky.

If you want a thriller that will make you want to go double check if you locked the door, pick Dear Child up and immerse yourself in this beauty.

First Place – THE SILENT SUSPECT by Nell Pattison


When I received an Advance Readers Copy of this I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical. I thought that maybe I won’t like it. I thought that maybe I would get bored after a few pages in.

I was sooooooo wrong. After reading THE SILENT SUSPECT I am a Nell Pattison stan. This series is amazing. From the character development to the execution and how we are being through this heart pounding novel.

Read this series. Now. You’ll thank me later.

I can’t wait to see what amazing books I will discover in February. I surely have my eyes set on a few novels that have been published in the first days of February and if they will be as good as the reads in January, then I’m not ready. Picking this top 3 was difficult for different reasons but I stand by my decision. All these books deserve to be checked out and I hope that you will and share your thoughts with me over on Twitter or via e-mail.