Five 5-star Dazzling Debut Novels

Anyone who reads a lot knows that it is a real thrill to discover a brand new author!

With so many fabulous books out there, I can only imagine how daunting it must be to write a book for the first time and – then wait to see if you can get it published, and then wait to learn if anyone actually likes it.

Below, I’m listing five fabulous debut novels that really made an impression on me. I read a lot, and when I give a debut 5 stars I’m truly in awe of the writing. Quite a feat for a first time author.  These are all books that I’ve read within the past year with links to my reviews.

Seven Lies” by Elizabeth Kay

All in Her Head” by Nikki Smith

Dear Child” by Romy Hausmann

The Silence” by Susan Allott

The Downstairs Neighbor” by Helen Cooper

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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12 Responses to Five 5-star Dazzling Debut Novels

  1. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins says:

    Yes! I love a brilliant debut, and anticipating all the great reads to come. I think one of my favourites was Her Body And Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado.


  2. Dorothy Gracie says:

    Wow. All five of these debut novels sound fantastic! Thank you for putting these together in a new post with links to your earlier reviews (as my memory isn’t as good as it once was…) I will definitely put them on my TBR list.


  3. Wilson Rod and Mary says:

    Hi, I keep meaning to to send you a message letting you know how much I appreciate your blog! Also, thank you for mentioning when a book might have a different title in a different country. There have been several times when I have looked for a book that you have recommended and then I can’t find it here in the States. (Any suggestions?) Thanks again for all the time and effort you put into your posts.

    Trusting in Him, Mary


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    • Thank-you so much for your kind words Mary. I know it is frustrating when a book you are looking for is unavailable in your area. It happens to me all the time as I have a fondness for British books. I know a few sites will deliver internationally but I’m not sure what the shipping costs would be. Try Book Depository or
      Failing that, you can often find these titles at your local library. ♥


  4. Carla says:

    The only one of these that I have read is Dear Child and I did enjoy it. I have a couple of the others on my Wishlist TBR after reading your reviews previously. Always great to find a new author right at the beginning of their career.


  5. Joyousreads says:

    Curious about these books since I’ve never heard of them.

    Thanks for sharing and will definitely check out Goodreads for these titles.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Hi. Have you read any of Rex Stout’s mysteries? I’m reading The Mother Hunt now. It’s good so far. I’d never read anything by Stout before.


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