Each year, reader social networking site Goodreads selects the Best Books of the year through three rounds of voting open to all of its registered members. This annual process which is almost like a ritual is called “Goodreads Choice Awards” and the results for the year 2016 were finally announced last week.
To be eligible, the books should have been published in the United States in English, including works in translation and other significant re-releases, between November 16, 2015, and November 15, 2016. The social networking site then analyzes statistics from the millions of books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads platform to nominate 15 books in various categories including mystery / thriller. Opening round official nominees must have an average rating of 3.50 or higher.
And the Goodreads Winners are…
We could not wait to see which title wins this year’s award and with the results finally announced, “not surprisingly” Stephen King got the honor.
End of Watch is definitely a great read. The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers —In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.
In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.
Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney—the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.
In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.
Other nominees in the Goodreads Choice Awards are all notable mystery titles are well which make a great Christmas read if you have not read them already.