Here are the most downloaded adult fiction eBooks for 2012:
1- The Help/ by Kathryn Stockett
“Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver. Some lines will never be crossed. Aibileen is a black maid: smart, regal, and raising her seventeenth white child. Yet something shifted inside Aibileen the day her own son died while his bosses looked the other way. Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is by some way the sassiest woman in Mississippi. But even her extraordinary cooking won’t protect Minny from the consequences of her tongue. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter returns home with a degree and a head full of hope, but her mother will not be happy until there’s a ring on her finger. Seeking solace with Constantine, the beloved maid who raised her, Skeeter finds she has gone. But why will no one tell her where? Seemingly as different as can be, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny’s lives converge over a clandestine project that will not only put them all at risk but also change the town of Jackson for ever. But why? And for what? The Help is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won’t. Itis about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other – and that terrible feeling that those who look after your children may understand them, even love them, better than you . . .” (Overdrive Summary)
2- The Drop – Harry Bosch Series, Book 17/ by Michael Connelly
“The latest Harry Bosch thriller from the master of the genre.
Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.
DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab’s DNA cases currently in court.
Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving’s son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch’s longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.
Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.” (Overdrive Summary)
3- Hot Ice/ by Nora Roberts
“Reckless Whitney MacAllister possesses all the wealth and beauty every woman dreams of. Streetwise Douglas Lord has the good looks and quick wits to be a success at his chosen profession: larceny. She has the cash and the connections. He has the stolen documents leading to a fabulous hidden fortune. It is a business proposition, pure and simple.
But the race to find the treasure, from Manhattan to Madagascar, is only part of the game. For their fierce and dangerous attraction to each other soon threatens to overwhelm them–unless their merciless and shadowy rivals kill them first.” (Overdrive Summary)
4- Nine Dragons – Harry Bosch Series, Book 14/ by Harry Bosch
“Harry Bosch’s most shocking case sees him working alone, without backup – and this time it’s personal.
Detective Harry Bosch is called to investigate the murder of a store owner in a tough LA neighbourhood. For Harry, it’s a trip down memory lane: he’s been to Fortune Liquors before and remembers Mr Li – a man who offered him sanctuary during LA’s notorious riots. Now the debt must be repaid.
Mr Li left a clue to his murderer’s identity, a clue that leads Harry into a parallel criminal universe ruled by the Triads. But as he gets closer to this shady underworld, the Triads send Harry a devastating message – they have taken something of his, something he holds very dear. As Harry’s life implodes, he must risk everything to track a killer who knows how to get under his skin…” (Overdrive Summary)
5- The Brass Verdict – Mickey Haller Series, Book 2/ by Michael Connelly
“A bullet speaks louder than words when Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller and LAPD Detective Harry Bosch team up in the gripping novel by Michael Connelly.
Defence lawyer Mickey Haller has had some problems but now he’s put all that behind him and is ready to resume his career.
Then another lawyer dies, leaving Mickey his entire practice – including a very high-profile and potentially lucrative murder case. Mickey is back in business.
Except that according to Detective Harry Bosch, the other lawyer was murdered. Odds-on by one of his own clients. And now it’s Mickey’s job to defend him. Suddenly it’s not just about winning. It’s about staying alive.” (Overdrive Summary)
6- The Scarecrow – Jack McEvoy Series, Book 2/ by Michael Connelly
“Crime reporter Jack McEvoy, who made his career when he broke the story of The Poet, is onto another story that will bring him face to face with evil in this gripping thriller from the international bestselling author Michael Connelly.
Crime reporter Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line. With cuts being made, he’s got 30 days left on the job. His last assignment? Training his young replacement. But Jack has other plans. He is going to go out with a bang – a final story that will win journalism’s highest honour: a Pulitzer Prize.
Jack focuses on a 16-year-old drug dealer who has confessed to a brutal murder. But he soon realises that the so-called confession is bogus. The investigation leads him to a killer known as The Scarecrow who has worked completely below the police radar.
Jack is off and running on the biggest story he’s had since The Poet crossed his path twelve years before – but The Scarecrow knows he’s coming…” (Overdrive Summary)
7- Angels Flight – Harry Bosch Series, Book 6/ by Michael Connelly
“Harry Bosch investigates when a lawyer is murdered two nights before the beginning of his landmark trial against the LAPD.
When the body of high-profile black lawyer Howard Elias is found inside one of the cars on Angels Flight, a funicular railway in downtown LA, there’s not a detective in the city who’ll touch the case.
Murdered on the eve of a lawsuit on behalf of Michael Harris, Elias’s speciality was prosecuting cases of police brutality, corruption and racism. Like every other cop, Harry Bosch believed Harris guilty as accused of the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl. Elias’s civil action was supposed to expose the LAPD and reveal the real killer. Now it’s all down to Bosch and it means digging deep into a minefield of suspicion and hate buried in his own backyard.” (Overdrive Summary)
8- The Overlook – Harry Bosch Series, Book 13/ by Michael Connelly
“An execution on the overlook above the Mulholland Dam entangles Harry Bosch with FBI Agent Rachel Walling and Homeland Security.
In the early hours of the morning, Harry Bosch is called to a crime scene. A physicist has been murdered in LA, and it seems the killer has no fear of publicity, leaving the body on The Mulholland overlook, a site with stunning views over the city.
But this is no random killing. Before he died, the victim turned over a quantity of a lethal chemical to his killer – and Harry knows he has more than just a single death to worry about.
Alongside the forces of Homeland Security, Harry must solve the murder or face unimaginable consequences…” (Overdrive Summary)
9- Sing You Home/ by Jodi Picoult
“After Zoe and Max’s last attempt to conceive fails tragically, their marriage breaks apart. When Zoe falls in love again and considers having a family, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that were never used. But who do they really belong to? An honest and moving story of contemporary relationships and the consequences when love and desire collide with science and the law.
Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to have a baby, and finally it looks as though her dream is about to come true – she is seven months pregnant. But a terrible turn of events takes away her baby and breaks apart her marriage to Max. In the aftermath she throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When Vanessa, a guidance counsellor, asks Zoe to work with a suicidal teen, Vanessa and Zoe’s relationship moves from business to friendship and then, to Zoe’s surprise, blossoms into love.
When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of having a family again, she remembers that she and Max still have frozen embryos they never used. Max, meanwhile, has found peace at the bottom of a bottle, until he is redeemed by an evangelical church where the pastor has vowed to fight the ‘homosexual agenda’ that threatens traditional family values. This mission becomes personal for Max when Zoe and her partner want permission to raise his unborn child.
Sing You Home is an honest and moving story of contemporary relationships and the consequences of love and desire colliding with science and the law. From tragedy to self-discovery and joy, Zoe, Vanessa and Max will realise the undeniable truth – that you can’t choose who you love.” (Overdrive Summary)
10- Before I Go To Sleep/ by S. J. Watson
“Each night when Christine Lucas goes to sleep her mind erases the day.
Each day she wakes in a strange bed with a man she has never seen before. He explains that he is Ben, her husband, that she is forty-seven years old, and that an accident long ago damaged her memory.
Each day she tries to reconstruct her life, her identity, her marriage.
But how can she know who she is if she forgets her past?
How can she love someone she can’t remember?
Are there things best forgotten?” And why is she so frightened?” (Overdrive Summary)