Top 10 ebooks Downloaded in September 2015

By Peter SM RSS Thu, October 15, 2015

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

More than 85,300 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month!

For the third straight month, the most downloaded ebook was Paula Hawkins' The Girl On The TrainHarper Lee's pseudo-sequel (or perhaps just disregarded passages from the original draft of) To Kill A Mockingbird, Go Set A Watchman jumped up to the number two spot and seems to be more of a literary curiosity more than anything at this point. Mystery and Suspense Thriller genre titles from the usual suspects such as James Patterson, Gillian Flynn, Harlan CobenLee Child, and Michael Connelly filled out the rest of this month's top ten, with a couple of Romance and Historical Fiction titles thrown in for good measure, like Diana Gabaldon's epic Outlander series.

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. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee Go Set a Watchman (fiction)
by Harper Lee

Overdrive would have you believe this is book two in the To Kill A Mockingbird Series. Um, NO. What this book is—depending on what you read or believe—is a separate novel set after the events in the Pulitzer Prize–winning To Kill A Mockingbird or excerpts from said novel that were edited out of the published draft.
Set in Maycomb, Alabama, twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—"Scout"—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Civil rights tensions and political turmoil still abound in the South and Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. The Stranger by Harlan Coben The Stranger (fiction, suspense thriller)
by Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben checks in with another shocking thriller full of all the genre's requisite lies and secrets. Adam has a perfect life but doesn't realize how close he is to losing everything until he meets "The Stranger". He soon finds himself tangled in dark deception and conspiracy. 
Who is "The Stranger" exactly? This page turner will have you reading feverishly as you go along with every twist and revelation. 

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. Private Vegas by James Patterson Private Vegas (fiction, mystery)
by James Patterson

Another month, another James Patterson book makes the top 10 most downloaded ebook list. This is book 9 in the Private Series, and finds Private Jack Morgan traveling through Los Angeles on the hunt for two criminals involved in a murder ring that is beyond anything the detective has witnessed before. The clues lead to Las Vegas but will our dutiful detective find the truth there as well?

8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Outlander (historical fiction, fantasy, romance)
by Diana Gabaldon

This 600+ page time-travel romance has jumped back on many patron's to-read lists ever since the series was optioned for a television series on Starz in 2014. This first installment is full of grand adventure, swashbuckling action, and ribald romance set among the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands in 1945. This ebook includes the full text of the novel plus an excerpt from Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the Outlander series, an interview with Diana Gabaldon, and an Outlander series reader's guide.

9. The One and Only by Emily Giffin The One & Only (fiction, romance)
by Emily Giffin

Thirty-something Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in the same small Texas town, had the same best friend since grade school, and has even held the same job now for well over 10 years. Only an unexpected tragedy will rattle her quiet world and raise questions about her life. Who can she trust and what secrets will be forced out into the light? Will she ever find true love and at what cost?

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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