Thursday, December 07, 2023

McFadden’s Extraordinary Triumph

After three weeks of public polling, and two separate rounds of voting, we finally have the winners of the 2023 Goodreads Choice Awards.

To recap, there were 15 categories of books competing for this year’s prizes. In the end, the most popular choice in the Mystery & Thriller division turned out to be ... The Housemaid’s Secret, by Freida McFadden (Bookouture), which collected 86,468 votes. That’s something of a surprise, observes Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine editor George Easter, because McFadden’s thriller (a sequel to The Housemaid) “has appeared on only one other best list of the more than sixty best lists that I have posted over the last few weeks.”

The full roll of Mystery & Thriller nominees is here. If you’d like to see the victors in Goodreads’ other 2023 categories, go here.

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