Aussie readers lap up crime fiction

If you’ve found yourself sitting up late at night turning the pages of the latest crime novel, you’re not alone.

Almost one third of all library loans in Australia in the past year have been for crime fiction, with seven making up the top ten.

Psychological thriller The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins topped the list of the most borrowed book, according to the 2016 Civica Libraries Index.


It is followed by two Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child – a third came in at No.6.

Despite being around since 2012, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl sits in No.8, with its popularity due in part to the film of the same name starring Ben Affleck.

It seems we also have a love affair with Aussie authors. Graeme Simsion’s romance novels, The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, take out No.7 and No.5 respectively.

While family drama The Road Back by Di Morrissey is in No.9.


1. The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins
2. Make Me, by Lee Child
3. Personal, by Lee Child
4. The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
5. The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion
6. Never Go Back, by Lee Child
7. The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
8. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
9. The Road Back, by Di Morrissey
10. The Gods Of Guilt, by Michael Connelly
* Source 2016 Civica Libraries Index