I need GRIPPING page- turners...

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tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 09:16:10

Am off work with a broken shoulder, in pain and so, so bored...

Please recommend me some absorbing books!

I love books about WW2, but am up for reading anything set at any time, ever.

Please help. I need books to blow me away and take my mind off things.

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 09:17:16

Oh, and they must be available on the kindle <impatient>

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tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 09:41:20

Thanks BTP- what are those two about, then?

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 09:42:00

Yes, am too lazy to google wink

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KittensoftPuppydog Thu 19-Sep-13 10:56:12

There' a sarah waters book set in ww2. You can't do better than that. Night watch I think it's called.

DuchessofMalfi Thu 19-Sep-13 13:31:31

Have you read The Shadow of The Wind? I read it this summer and was completely gripped by the story.

Sonotkylie Thu 19-Sep-13 14:11:23

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer. 20s to present day in Czechoslovakia. Brilliant.

PinkFairyArmadillo Thu 19-Sep-13 14:21:22

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. It's one of the very few books I've read that I literally couldn't put down, I had to read it all in one sitting. Thankfully it's not as long as most of his other books grin

voituredepompier Thu 19-Sep-13 14:32:27

In order of ease of reading

Gone Girl

Wolf Hall and its succesor Bringing up the Bodies about the life of Thomas Cromwell - but only if you like very detailed historical books, incredibly well written

The Big Short and Boomerang both by Michael Lewis - the first about what caused the 2008 financial crash, the second looking at how individual countries got into the mess - some pretty damming and funny insights into national cultures.

MrsTwgtwf Thu 19-Sep-13 14:46:38

Gone Girl, and if you like that (it's a bit marmite) then the other 2 she's written.

The Black House trilogy by Peter May. If you like that, he's written other series you can work through.

bluebump Thu 19-Sep-13 14:50:27

Yes to Shadow of the Wind as mentioned above, that was the best book i've read in ages. There are two more to follow that one that I must get. The author (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) did a great webchat on here a while ago.

I also loved the Sarah Waters Nightwatch recommendation, that was actually my favourite one of hers I think.

I read Birdsong recently too, WW1 rather than WW2 but gripping and gritty.

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 15:39:58

Thanks all smile

Ok, have read and hated Gone Girl, have seen NightWatch on TV so know the plot which rules it out for me at the moment, ditto Birdsong. I'm not a big fan of the detective genre, but I could be persuaded...

I like the sound of The Glass Room and perhaps The Shadow of The Wind...

Any more suggestions gratefully received.

VBisme Thu 19-Sep-13 15:56:36

I am loving "the hundred year ols man who climbed out of a window".

Have you read "lovely bones"?

Also "The book of lost things".

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 16:02:30

The hundred year old man got right on my tits. So to speak grin

Don't fancy the lovely bones, feeling too weepy <twat>

The Book of Lost Things sounds good...

OiVaVoi Thu 19-Sep-13 16:02:47

The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

Also Stoner by John Williams. Both fantastic page turners.

Ratatouille1977 Thu 19-Sep-13 16:05:31

Rush of blood by mark billingham. It's gripping until the end.

Broodzilla Thu 19-Sep-13 16:06:28

Was going to suggest Gone Girl wink

Jodi Picoult? I've read quite a few of hers, they're not as "bubbelgum-y" as they might seem at first glance.

You can get free previews on Kindle, download a few and whichever makes you go "damn" at the end of the preview should keep you going.

tinierclanger Thu 19-Sep-13 16:06:48

The Moonstone and The Woman in White, if you haven't already read them? Obv not WW2 but gripping!

Likewise, all the Ira Levins.

Ooh, have you read The interpretation of murder? That's a good one, and his other one was good too.

tharsheblows Thu 19-Sep-13 16:12:28

I just used the word "gripping" to describe Apple Tree Yard and my favourite book this summer was The Wall by Marlen Haushofer. With Apple Tree Yard, if you don't like the description, you probably won't like the book. But that's less true of The Wall - it's more than its description would suggest.

tharsheblows Thu 19-Sep-13 16:17:02

I also loved Angelmaker and The Gargoyle - so I second BeerTricks on those.

I'm going to order the first Bryant and May now....

LeslieKnope Thu 19-Sep-13 16:19:02

A Song of Ice and Fire. Seriously.

I was the biggest skeptic about the series and have just rinsed the first 3 books in a month blush

SO good!

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