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We've all been there. You start reading a book and before you know it, you've finished it in one sitting. It's an amazing feeling to get lost in a story and forget about the world around you. That's why we've put together this list of 10 novels that are sure to keep you entertained from beginning to end.
Whether you're looking for a mystery, romance, or thriller, we've got something for everyone on this list. So grab your favorite coffee mug and get ready to lose yourself in some amazing stories!
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How I Choose
It's hard to find time to read, especially if you're stuck reading books that aren't interesting.
You've probably heard that reading is good for you, but it can be hard to stick with this habit if you're not in love with the book or interested in the topic.
I've combed through thousands of reviews from readers to determine which books are worthy of consideration. I add only the top books mentioned at least twice or more times in my list. I then pick the top 5 based on certain criteria that matter to readers like you. Here are the top 5 best page-turners.
Where The Crawdads Sing
Why I Love It!
Delia Owens's novel Where the Crawdads Sing is one of her best-loved works. The story centers around Kya Clark, a young girl who was abandoned by her mother. Years later, she is accused of murdering Chase Andrews, a man she had once loved.
Delia Owens's debut novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, has become one of the best-selling hardcover titles of 2019. It has already sold over a million copies! It was first published by Putnam in April 2017 and had a print run of 28,000 copies. But they never anticipated the book's runaway success! The novel won several awards, including the prestigious Reese's Book Club and Publisher's Weekly.
What You Should Know
If you are interested in wildlife, you must check out Where the Crawdads Sing, the award-winning novel by Delia Owens. Set in the coastal marshes of North Carolina, the book is a part coming-of-age story, part mystery, part romance, and part court room drama.
"Where the Crawdads Sing" is a YA novel written by a retired wildlife biologist. The book has broad appeal and combines elements of a romantic story, nature writing, and a murder mystery. While Owens is a biologist, her fiction has garnered the attention of several influential listeners. Reese Witherspoon chose the book for her book club, and now she's adapting it into a movie.
The Silent Patient
Why I Love It!
If you are looking for a gripping thriller, The Silent Patient is for you. This tense novel by Alex Michaelides is both straightforward and full of twists and turns. It has climbed the bestseller lists since its February release, and the movie rights have been sold to Annapurna and Plan B. I read this book on my Kindle, and I loved it! But what made it so special to me?
It's a novel about a woman who committed a murder six years ago. When the police find her with her dead husband, she refuses to talk about her crime. Her dark family history is revealed, and a new psychotherapist is brought in to find out what really happened. As he investigates Alicia's crime, the reader will also come to understand the reasons behind Alicia's silence.
It's a story that starts quietly and ends dramatically. Alex Michaelides' debut novel is both riveting and thought-provoking. It was inspired by his experience working as a psychotherapist in an adult facility. In addition to The Silent Patient, Michaelides also wrote The Devil You Know, a psychological detective thriller set in a Cambridge college. And if you're looking for a gripping thriller, you should check out The Con Is On and The Maidens.
What You Should Know
The Silent Patient is a debut novel by Alex Michaelides, an acclaimed screenwriter whose acclaimed work has already spawned a film. While the story begins quietly and ends in an unexpected fashion, it has many things that will keep readers glued to the page. Michaelides' hypnotic writing style makes the experience of reading the novel a unique and hypnotic one. His complex plot makes the story seem effortless, but Michaelides' ability to splice together several storylines into one epic narrative is the true genius behind this masterpiece.
This psychological thriller is not based on true events, although Michaelides credited his Greek heritage for its inspiration. The title character, Theo, resembles the Greek goddess Alcestis, who saved her lover from death in Hades. The book deals with murder, betrayal, guilt, and psychological treatment, and explores the inner workings of the medical profession. While this novel is not based on true events, it does offer some insight into the mental health profession.
The novel's central conflict is why Alicia Berenson killed her husband, Gabriel. As Theo probes Alicia for the reason, he slowly uncovers her past trauma. While the story is gripping, its twist will leave readers on the edge of their seats. The silence of Theo's murderer makes the book all the more compelling.
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
Why I Love It!
"The Girl on the Train" is one of the most acclaimed books of the past few years. It was released in January and is awaiting a film adaptation. The book is a page-turner that follows three toxic women in their everyday lives. It centers on Rachel, a former publicist who fantasizes about a suburban life on her commute. Luckily, she manages to keep the mystery intact as she sneaks a shot of vodka to stave off the shakes.
Throughout the book, the reader will become enraptured by the contrasting characters. Rachel, a divorced alcoholic, catches the same commuter train every morning. While riding the train, she observes the suburban couples, some of whom she calls "Jess and Jason." In addition to seeing these couples' beautiful homes, Rachel becomes fascinated by them. This intrigues Rachel, who is constantly thinking about how she would love to meet one of these couples.
The romantic element of the story is the love triangle between Rachel and Tom. She is infatuated with the handsome man who lives next door, but she's afraid to confront him about it. As a result, Rachel makes the decision to confront Megan. She's determined to stop her sister from ruining her marriage. A romantic triangle is inevitable, but Rachel's underlying motives are a mess.
What You Should Know
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawks is a thriller written by an English writer who has worked as a journalist for fifteen years. The novel has been published worldwide and has already been optioned for a movie by Dreamworks. While it does feature a clever plot, Hawkins's gift for characterization elevates this debut novel. It follows three characters, each of whom is convincingly drawn and believable. As a result, The Girl on the Train keeps the reader on edge until the very last page.
The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller, so readers should be aware of the fact that Hawkins' main character has a drinking problem and has memory gaps. This story is not as realistic as the average teenage romance novel, but the plot twists are improbable, and Hawkins' character tends to black out while drinking, meaning she'll forget most things afterward.
The plot involves backstabbing, and the book is full of it. Rachel's husband, Jason, was robbed by her own girlfriend, Anna, while Megan betrayed her boyfriend, Scott. Rachel is also living a lie. Her life has been turned into a story, and her roommate is unaware of her secrets. She even drinks a dozen cans of coffee on her daily commute.
The Guest List: A Novel
Why I Love It!
While marketed as a thriller, "The Guest List" is more of a psychological study. Everyone, including the protagonist, is flawed and has secrets. Yet, the author does an amazing job of making us care about her characters. Even self-absorbed bridezillas like Julie and Olivia are surprisingly sympathetic. There is also Johnno, the quintessential scholarship kid. I enjoyed every bit of "The Guest List," even though I couldn't agree with the ending.
While The Guest List does not quite measure up to the classic Agatha Christie novel, the stories are quite similar. It involves a murderer who resides on a remote island. Like Agatha Christie, the plot involves hints throughout the story, and the killer is revealed with a neat bow at the end. However, Foley doesn't take the classic approach to a mystery. In fact, her murderer isn't revealed until ninety-two percent of the way through the book.
This atmospheric mystery involves a murder on a small Irish island. The island is haunted by its dark history, and the novel takes place on that remote island, which is also a perfect setting for the story. The story revolves around a "golden couple," a woman who runs a successful digital magazine, and her soon-to-be husband and his extended family. A shocking twist occurs when one of the characters is murdered.
What Should You Know
This novel will make you think twice about your life. With a slow build-up and a solid mystery, "The Guest List" has its share of pitfalls. It starts off a bit slowly but reveals its plot points very quickly. It's also filled with a lot of small details and multiple coherent storylines. So if you're not into reading about complicated characters, skip ahead to the second book in the series.
A book like that involves subtle hints throughout and a neat bow at the end. However, there's no "sealing" ending to this book, as the killer's identity is revealed at 92%. As you can tell, The Guest List is a psychological thriller that's perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and other crime novels.
Why I Love It!
The mystery behind the book is one of the reasons it has become a worldwide bestseller. It's a novel about a man whose wife disappears without a trace on their fifth wedding anniversary. While readers may be alarmed by the sudden disappearance of Amy, the true crime story is far more complicated. While the story begins in a cheesy New York neighborhood, the characters' darker sides are revealed only when their fate is in the balance.
In addition to its literary merits, Gone Girl challenges patriarchal values and conventions. The novel is not just about a murder, but also about the sacrosanct male ego. Flynn makes her characters realistic and relatable, and she masterfully juggles their narratives and 90-degree plot twists. Whether you're a mystery lover or a Facebook addict, Gone Girl will take you to new heights.
The novel is a masterpiece of storytelling, and Gillian Flynn's writing is dazzling. She creates two distinct characters and alternates between them, creating a layered narrative that keeps you guessing. It is a novel that is profoundly disturbing but brilliantly executed. It has a predictable ending but will leave you wondering if you know the characters well enough. While the plot is predictable, this novel is not a fluff-filled yarn.
What You Should Know
In 2012, Gillian Flynn's debut novel, Gone Girl, became a literary sensation and spent 37 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. A hit film adaptation followed in 2014, and the book has since sold over 15 million copies worldwide. The story centers on a young woman named Amy Dunne who mysteriously goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. Her husband, Nick, becomes the prime suspect. The plot is told in alternating chapters between Nick and Amy's diary entries.
The novel is almost review-proof because revealing the ending would be criminal. Gone Girl is an intense psychological thriller that appeals to both the Facebook generation and the old-school mystery fan. The novel is a gripping thriller that will leave you breathless, with its intricate, 90-degree plot twists and turns. You'll be pulled in by its engrossing characters and the suspense-filled plot.
Among the criticisms of Flynn's work is the sexual politics that pervade her novels. The female protagonist, Amy, makes a false rape accusation to get her way. However, the writer insists that the novel portrays a marriage in a dark light.
the best books are the ones that don't quite make it to the top of the list. The ones that are just a little bit underrated - the honorable mentions, if you will. So today, we're going to take a look at some of my favorite page-turners that don't quite measure up to the bestsellers but are still well worth your time. Enjoy!
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins is a former television executive who knows what her audience wants, and she uses this insight in her latest novel, The Hunger Game. The story is a complex one, and the characters must constantly choose between self-preservation and death. Her characters are children, and their dilemmas are often complex, but her ability to ground them in the larger stories of the world is exceptional. Her work will certainly appeal to many.
Suzanne Collins was able to draw elements of her own life, when writing The Hunger Games, making her characters realistic. For example, she felt a sense of loss when her father was drafted into the Vietnam war and later lost him. Although she found writing about the darker parts of the story difficult, she had a great deal of fun exploring the brighter aspects of Katniss' past. And she also managed to weave elements of her own life into the story.
The Hunger Games is a dystopian novel for young adults that has become a worldwide phenomenon. It has received a number of awards and was adapted into films and an audiobook. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson star in the film adaptation.
The Push: A Novel
The Push is a suspenseful, thoughtful story that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Although the pace and twists are reminiscent of genre fiction, "The Push" does not read like a typical novel, with constant plot twists and pacing that feel like it's a 100-page thriller. I highly recommend this book, especially for readers who are interested in speculative fiction.
The Push: A Novel by Ashley Auddrain is an excellent debut novel by an accomplished author. Cecilia grew up with an abusive mother, Etta. The novel opens with Blythe on the outside of her daughter's life, and she is forced to deal with her own family's happiness and struggles. As a reader, you'll find yourself rooting for Cecilia and her family, despite the many challenges they face.
This book explores the dark side of motherhood and the age-old question of nature vs. nurture. While it is challenging to put a finger on exactly what causes a child's behavior, Audrain's prose rings with truth and will leave readers reeling.
And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None is considered by many to be the best mystery novel ever written. It tells the story of strangers who are lured to an island by a mysterious host. The host accuses each one of the guests of murder. As each one confesses his or her secret, death follows, and the mystery of what has been happening on the island only deepens.
This classic mystery novel is one of Christie's best-selling novels. It was adapted into a dozen different media, including radio. It has sold over two billion copies, which is second only to the Bible. It's a masterpiece of mystery literature and will be read by fans for centuries to come. This is the most adapted work of all time. The author also wrote it in a way that appeals to modern audiences.
Originally published in the Saturday Evening Post, the novel was later reprinted in paperback form in the United Kingdom. The film version was produced by ITV in 1959. The film also was the first to be made in color. The adaptation was a huge success, resulting in multiple movies and TV adaptations.
Educated: A Memoir
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover is a moving book about her struggle to overcome her Mormon survivalist family. Westover highlights the importance of education and how education can transform lives. A memoir about overcoming hardship, this book will encourage readers to pursue education no matter what their situation is. This inspiring book has won numerous awards and is a must-read for any reader.
When Tara was nine years old, the changes started to become evident. Her mother, a midwife, suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident and subsequently lost confidence in her midwifery abilities. Tara's father, a scrapper, constantly exposed his family to dangerous injury. As a result, Tara was pushed to pursue an education in school, despite her family's opposition.
Her family lived in an isolated, survivalist environment. Her older brother became violent. When her brother went off to college, she decided to take a chance on a new life. Tara Westover's quest for knowledge led her across oceans and continents. When she finally arrived at Cambridge University, she began to wonder where she belonged.
This is a powerful true story that will make readers think about their own lives. The book covers the author's life from childhood to adulthood. It covers many topics, including education and mental health. The author makes an original point of view and a distinctive voice. If you're looking for a novel about an unusual childhood, this is an excellent book for you.
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale is a futuristic dystopian novel written by Margaret Atwood. It's set in a near-future New England in which the government has been replaced by the Republic of Gilead. In this dystopia, women are forced to become pro-religious and subservient to the government.
Offred is a Handmaid in a dystopian society called Gilead. She is a female member of the "Republic" and has no choice but to bear children for the elite couples. Offred is raped by her Commander, a man of high status who is interested in rebuilding the population after it has suffered from secular immorality, environmental toxicity, and super-S.T.D. She must undergo ritualized sex with the Commander and his wife, Serena Joy, who sit behind her.
The Handmaids are a caste within the society, based on their sex. In Gilead, women are categorized based on their reproductive capacities and roles. This division of labor creates resentment between Handmaids and Marthas, as both groups believe Handmaids to be promiscuous. And Offred, who is a female in this society, is mourning the loss of empathy, which was once a fundamental trait of women.
The Woman in the Window
A psychological thriller, The Woman in the Window is the story of a formerly prominent child psychiatrist who is compelled to watch her neighbors through a window. One night, Anna witnesses something she shouldn't see, and her world begins to crumble. In this intelligent psychological suspense novel, secrets are revealed and no one is who they seem. As a result, it has become one of the most widely read psychological suspense novels of all time.
Great Page Turner Book FAQs
When it comes to books, some people like to read the dictionary, while others prefer to stick with light and fluffy novels. Regardless of your reading preference, there's no denying that certain books are just downright page-turners. If you're looking for a few recommendations, or just want to know what makes a book a page-turner, check out our list of frequently asked questions below.
What is a book that is a page-turner?
For me, a book that is a page-turner is one that I can’t put down! I find myself staying up late into the night to keep turning pages to read more, or carving out time during my day to sneak in a few more pages. A page-turner is a book that hooks you from the first chapter and doesn’t let go until the very end.
Some of my favorite page-turners include Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. These books are all fast-paced reads with suspenseful plotlines that keep you guessing until the very end. If you’re looking for a book that
you just can’t put it down, I would highly recommend any of these!
What is another word for page-turner?
Page-turner is another word for a book that is hard to put down. It's a term used to describe a novel that is thrilling and fast-paced, making it impossible to resist reading from one page to the next.
Other words that can be used to describe a page-turner include: unputdownable, captivating, gripping, and compelling. If you see any of these adjectives used to describe a book, it's likely that it's going to be a real page-turner!
What are some tips for writing a page-turner?
If you’re interested in writing a page-turner of your own, there are a few things you can keep in mind to make sure your book is as captivating as possible.
First, focus on creating a strong hook in the first chapter. This will be what draws readers in and makes them want to keep reading. Start with a bang and make sure you set the stage for an exciting story.
Next, focus on creating suspense. A page-turner is a book that keeps readers guessing, so try to introduce new twists and turns throughout the story. Keep your readers on their toes by constantly throwing them for a loop!
Finally, make sure your ending is satisfying. A page-turner is a book that leaves readers wanting more, so don’t give away too much in the conclusion. Stick to the suspenseful theme throughout the entire book and end on a cliffhanger if you can.
Do page-turners make good books?
Page-turners definitely make for good books! If you’re looking for a book that is exciting and hard to put down, then a page-turner is exactly what you need. These books are perfect for beach reads, road trips, or any time when you want to be fully immersed in a captivating story.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about page-turners! These books are perfect for anyone who loves a good suspenseful read.
What are some examples of page-turners?
As mentioned above, some of my favorite page-turners include Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. These books are all fast-paced reads with a suspenseful plot that will keep you guessing until the very end. If you’re looking for a book that you just can’t put down, I would highly recommend any of these!
Do all books have to be page-turners?
No, not all books have to be page-turners. There are plenty of great books out there that are slow-paced and don’t have a lot of suspense.
How do I keep my book interesting?
It's not easy to keep a book interesting, but there are a few things you can do to help. First, make sure your plot is compelling and full of twists and turns. Second, ensure that your characters are well-developed and engaging. Third, use strong language and vivid descriptions to bring your story to life. And fourth, write with a clear voice and an engaging style. If you can do all of these things, you're well on your way to writing an interesting book that will keep readers glued to the page.
The right book for you!
That’s it, my top picks for the best page-turners. If you want to get lost in a good book, any of these on my reading list will do the trick. But don’t take my word for it – check them out yourself and see how much fun you can have getting swept away by a great story.