TOP 10 OF 2008

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
Quercus £7.99

"This book (first in a trilogy) has grown and grown and looks certain to continue selling for many years to come. The trilogy is an astonishing and poignant legacy to this brilliant Swedish author, who, sadly, died not long after completing it. Simply a 'must read' and our hotly contested number 1 of 2008!"

2. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
Pocket Books £7.99

"This book broke barriers (it was Booker longlisted), gathered awards and was another publishing phenomenon of the year. We picked up on it early, but it's still certainly well worth the read. Simply haunting stuff."

3. Blood From Stone - Frances Fyfield
Sphere £12.99

"Some authors write consistently and with astonishing quality. Frances Fyfield is one of these. Then along came Blood From Stone and it really captured the imagination and the soul. A worthy Dagger winner too..."

4. A Simple Act of Violence - R.J.Ellory
Orion £9.99

"Our review said; "This is a book with everything that a fan of modern mystery fiction could hope for; a labyrinthine plot, unbearable tension, controversy and a social conscience. R J Ellory has come up with a meaty book..." A brilliant book, we say!"

5. Swan Peak - James Lee Burke
Orion £14.99

"Some authors consistently get it so right... Some books are just perfect. Swan Peak combines just such an author with a perfect book. A rare and haunting tale. Breathtaking and remarkable stuff."

6. Therapy - Sebastian Fitzek
Pan Macmillan £6.99

"This book grabs and draws you in subtly, then clings on with iron claws until the very last pages... Haunting and very clever."

7. Revelation - C.J.Sansom
Macmillan £12.99

"Our review said; "Highly recommended to all existing Sansom readers and to those new to the Shardlake series." C.J.Sansom just seems to get better and better... "

8. The Perk - Mark Gimenez
Sphere £6.99

"We read lots of thrillers and they can tend to merge into one another... The Perk stood out by a mile as an excellent example of the genre and a stunning, well told tale in its own right. Gimenez' stature continues to grow."

9. Echoes from the Dead - Johan Theorin
Doubleday £10.99

"Our review said; "This is an extraordinary debut crime novel that stretches the boundaries of the genre whilst elegantly enhancing it. Not just highly recommended, essential." Buy it. You won't regret it..."

10. A Vengeful Longing - R.N.Morris
Faber and Faber £12.99

"Our review said; "A Vengeful Longing is in essence a novel about power, suffering, bitterness and the lengths that people will go for revenge. There is a darkness about A Vengeful Longing that leaves the reader repulsed yet fascinated." Strong and stirring."