These are the novels and authors I consider of note from my 2008 reading. I complete the list with a tip for a potentially BIG thriller in 2009 here in the UK (and hopefully internationally), along with a further note on author blogging (because the efforts of some deserve to be acknowledged). As per usual, I concentrate on the UK and Ireland.
For the greatest achievement:
Andrew Wilson's The Lying Tongue. How can you engage a reader and keep them turning the pages when you have two relatively unsympathetic characters as the main protagonists? With a game of cat and mouse using smoke and mirrors, with excellent writing skills and a main setting in Venice to boot. As spooky and as creepy as his inspiration: Daphne Du Maurier herself and her short story Don't Look Now that became an iconic movie. Beautiful writing and an author to watch. Thanks to Canongate for thinking I might like this one. I did. A lot.
For a stunning debut: