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December at NetGalley is the one time of the year when we look back rather than forward.This Top Ten, set out in alphabetical order, comprises many different genres and themes, but all are worthy of your attention. And we'd love to hear the top ten you read on NetGalley this year. Why not post a list on your blog and mention on Twitter? Please use the hashtag #NGbestof13!

We'd like to thank you for being such a valued member of the NetGalley community over the last 12 months, and I hope you're as excited as us about all the great books coming in 2014. Happy Holidays, happy New Year and happy reading!


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NetGalley's Books of the Year, 2013 
The Aftermath
By Rhidian Brook
Between Two Thorns
By Emma Newman
The Bone Season
By Samantha Shannon 


A brilliantly atmospheric - and claustrophobic - novel of love, loyalty and betrayal, The Aftermath is an intense and compelling historical novel. Set just after the Second World War, in a beautiful house on the river Elba, Rhidian Brook's novel probes the deepest recesses of the human heart, but has the tension of a first rate thriller.


Literature & Fiction


This is the kind of book you dream of discovering over the course of a year: the beginning of a series that you know you'll be desperate for the next volume as soon as you've finished the first. This slice of urban fantasy, set among the denizens of Aquae Sulis, Bath's secret mirror city, is a wonderfully realised and utterly absorbing tale that you won't be able to resist!


Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Angry Robot

There was much talk of this debut novel earlier in the year - and with good reason! Paige Mahoney is one of those characters who gets under your skin. She is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and in the London of 2059 an enemy of the state. Captured and taken far away, she must fight for every last breath. This is an intense and imaginative novel that will linger long in the mind.

Literature & Fiction
Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good
By James Davies
Eleven Days
By Stav Sherez
Frost Hollow Hall
By Emma Carroll 



James Davies timely expose of the psychiatry industry makes for fascinating and thought-provoking reading. Using his insider knowledge to illustrate for a general readership how psychiatry has put riches and medical status above patients' well-being, Davies shows a real flair for the polemic, as well as a real sympathy for the senstivity of the subject. 



Non Fiction
Icon Books

Stav Sherez is the UK's finest under-rated crime writer. And this is the perfect book to discover what you've been missing. When a fire engulfs a small West London convent, eleven bodies are found; one more than anyone expected. It's the beginning of a complex case that involves politics, the church, as well as four decades and two continents...


Mystery & Thriller
Faber & Faber
Sometimes you pick up a novel and it just screams: classic. Frost Hollow Hall is one such book. A dark children's story about a mysterious house, a missing boy and a tempestuous heroine, add up to a confection it's almost impossible to resist. This is timeless children's fiction and one perfect for a gift this Christmas.


Children's Fiction
Faber & Faber
Hanns and Rudolf 
By Thomas Harding

Back in July of this year, I wrote that Hanns and Rudolf would be mentioned everywhere in the end of year round-ups - and I was right! This superlative look at two men - one, Rudolf Höss, the Kommandant of Auschwitz; the other, Hanns Alexander, the man who arrested him - makes for uncomfortable, but essential reading.  

Non Fiction
The Returned 
By Jason Mott


All over the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond ...
It's a brilliant premise, and one that is wonderfully handled by Jason Mott. Not to be confused with the televisions series of the same name, this is even more emotionally acute and chillingly compelling. In fact it is the kind of book you can't help passing to the nearest person and saying: 'Read this!'


Literature & Fiction
The Silver Chain   
By Primula Bond


The Silver Chain
is the first in the sexy, passionate and addictive Unbreakable Trilogy by Primula Bond - which has already become one of NetGalley UK's most requested and most reviewed titles. While there are obvious similarities to other erotica series, the writing is perhaps more intense and more considered. The sequel, The Golden Locket was published last month.

Romance/ Erotica
Mischief Books
We Need New Names
By NoViolet Bulawayo



One the most feted debuts of the year, We Need New Names was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and received ecstatic reviews wherever it was published. Featuring an irresistible young heroine and child's-eye view of poverty and immigration, this is a deeply affecting, often very funny and always engaging novel that feels fresh and vital.

Literature & Fiction
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