Top 10 ebooks Downloaded in July 2015

By Peter SM RSS Wed, August 5, 2015

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in July 2015.

More than 90,000 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month!

Jumping up from the third most downloaded ebook last month, Paula Hawkins' The Girl On The Train takes over the number one spot. Five other titles from the Mystery and Suspense Thriller genre were the most downloaded ebooks for July, including familiar authors such as James Patterson, Gillian Flynn, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and John Grisham. Various titles from the Historical Fiction genre and one Nonfiction title rounded out the top spots.

The following list comprises titles from across all genres, downloaded from both our website and mobile site.

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train (fiction, suspense)
by Paula Hawkins

Continuing with the "unreliable narrator" theme, The Girl on the Train is a classic and suspensefully thrilling page turner. Rachel rides the same commuter train every morning, a boring and predictable experience each ride, until she catches a shocking glimpse of the unspeakable. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Gone Girl (fiction, mystery suspense thriller)
by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl, the best-selling book now turned blockbuster movie, is the tale of a wife gone missing, a suspected husband, a nosey community, sensational media blitz, and the lies everyone tells to themselves and others to safegurad their own dark secrets.

3. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies (fiction)
by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies is a cracked mirror vision reflecting the dysfunctional world of three women and their families. Madeline, Celeste, and Jane all have secrets and will do anything to protect their lives built on lies. But after a tragic accident, can they spin enough lies to cover up a murder? Smart and scandalous, shocking and sad, Liane Moriarty's novel will have you gasping and guessing what is really going on until the very last page.

4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See (historical fiction)
by Anthony Doerr

Set in England and France during World War II, Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See is a book about the human spirit and the will to survive under insurmountable odds. The story of a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy whose lives cross paths, children thrust into a war-torn world and forced to make life a death decisions. Emotional and suspenseful, with intricately written detailed passages among the backdrop of history.

5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand Unbroken (nonfiction, biography and history)
by Laura Hillenbrand

Laura Hillenbrand's best-seller Unbroken tells the powerful true story of WWII POW Louis Zamperini, who after crash landing in the Pacific Ocean, survived on a life raft fending off sharks, thirst and starvation, and enemy aircraft. It's no wonder this book was adapted for the screen by the Coen brothers and directed by actress and activist Angelina Jolie.

6. The Burning Room by Michael Connelly The Burning Room (fiction, suspense thriller)
by Michael Connelly

The 17th book in the Harry Bosch Series finds the veteran detective and his rookie partner investigating an unsolved crime that goes from cold to hot case overnight. The victim of a ten year old crime finally succumbs to a bullet that has been lodged in his spine, and once the investigation restarts, the stakes become highly charged and politically sensitive. Will Detective Bosch risk everything to find the truth, or is it safer to let some secrets stay buried?

7. Hope to Die by James Patterson Hope to Die (fiction, mystery suspense thriller)
by James Patterson

Best-selling author and frequent monthly Top 10-maker James Patterson pens another thrill-packed adventure in the Alex Cross series. The detective is being stalked by a psychotic genius and his family is in the cross-hairs. Cross will have to use all his courage and cunning to survive, but what will he sacrifice to save the ones he loves?

8. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline Orphan Train (historical fiction)
by Christina Baker Kline

Our One Book, One Philadelphia pick for 2015 and still going strong on patrons to-read lists!
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

9. Sycamore Row by John Grisham Sycamore Row (fiction, suspense thriller)
by John Grisham

John Grisham returns readers to Ford County as A Time to Kill's lawyer protagonist Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension. A man dying from cancer hangs himself from a sycamore tree but leaves a very incendiary note for certain townspeople to find. What's on the letter and what does it have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

10. Personal by Lee Child Personal (fiction, mystery suspense thriller)
by Lee Child

Jack Reacher returns in the latest seat-of-your-pants suspense ride novel from Lee Child. Still retired but always being pulled back into service, Reacher is the perennial "I'm gettin' too old for this shit" action star. This time, the State Department and the CIA come calling as someone is trying to put a bullet in the president's head at the G-8 Summit. Reacher must get pull through the fog of past demons to save the day in this action-packed thriller!

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