10 favorite new books of 2014: Editor's picks

December 17, 2014 1:05 PM

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To my surprise, my list of favorite new books this year breaks down the same way my 2013 list did: six fiction, four nonfiction; eight books written by women, two by men. During the past few years, one of my goals has been to make sure at least half of the books I'm reviewing for the Journal Sentinel were written by women.

"Broken Monsters: A Novel" (Mulholland Books), by Lauren Beukes. Amid the ruins of Detroit and the incessant clatter of social media, a detective pursues an insane serial killer who creates horrifying hybrids with human corpses.

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