From the lingering effects of the EL James phenomenon to a cluster of thrillers that are also well written, here are the titles that sold best on Amazon in 2012.
The third book in James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy was the top seller of the year. (Amazon didn’t count the first two “Fifty” books, “Fifty Shades of Grey” or “Fifty Shades Darker,” in their sales round-up because they were published in 2011.) “Freed” follows heroine Anastasia Steele and billionaire Christian Grey as they try to navigate a life together.
2.’Gone Girl,’ by Gillian Flynn
“Dark Places” author Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel follows Amy Dunne, who has disappeared on the fifth anniversary of her marriage to her husband Nick. Secrets about both of the couple come to light as Amy’s fate is revealed.
3.’Fifty Shades’ boxed set, by EL James
The boxed set consists of all three books in James’ trilogy about innocent Anastasia Steele and billionaire Christian Grey: “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”
4.’Bared to You,’ by Sylvia Day
Romance novelist Sylvia Day’s latest novel about a young New York advertising assistant named Eva who is drawn to a gorgeous but emotionally damaged man named Gideon is an erotic romance with heavy “Fifty Shades of Gray” overtones.
5.’No Easy Day,’ by Mark Owen
Owen (a pseudonym for the Navy SEAL who participated in the attack against Osama bin Laden) penned this firsthand account of his work. He describes the changing nature of his missions in a post-9/11 world and offers a detailed account of the deadly 2011 raid on bin Laden.
6.’The Marriage Bargain,’ by Jennifer Probst
“The Holiday Hoax” author Probst published “Bargain” first as an e-book, then released it in print after the electronic version became a bestseller. “Bargain” follows Alexa McKenzie, who agrees to marry her friend’s older brother in exchange for his help with her financial problems.
7.’Reflected in You,’ by Sylvia Day
Day, the only author to make Amazon’s top 10 twice, penned the sequel to “Bared to You,” which continues to follow heroine Eva and her relationship with a man named Gideon Cross.
8.’The Racketeer,’ by John Grisham
Grisham, the author of “The Litigators,” among other titles, is the mind behind “Racketeer,” the story of former lawyer Malcolm Bannister. Bannister must attempt to solve the murder of a federal judge while struggling to keep suspicion off himself.
9.’Defending Jacob,’ by William Landay
The story by “Mission Flats” author Landay follows lawyer Andy Barber, whose son is accused of murder. The allegations threaten his family and cause Andy to reevaluate what he knows about his son Jacob.
10.’The Innocent,’ by David Baldacci
Baldacci, the author of titles that include “The Forgotten,” pens the story of Will Robie, a hitman who is asked by the government to take out targets that they are unable to dispatch. After a job goes awry, Robie becomes a criminal himself.