Can you recommend me a good book?

(51 Posts)
itwasallyellow Sat 06-Oct-12 17:30:17

I am in desperate need for a new book to read on the kindle, no happy endings, no soppy fluffy love stories or shitty porn. I want a herione but a dark, maybe tragic storyline. I want something hardcore that's going to stay with me and take my mind off things.

squeakytoy Sat 06-Oct-12 17:31:49

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantine. I have just read it and it is a very very good book.

Chundle Sat 06-Oct-12 17:32:36

The hunger games

GuybrushThreepwodWasHere Sat 06-Oct-12 17:40:18

The Book Thief.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 06-Oct-12 17:43:43

You'll find loads of recommendations here

Jinsei Sat 06-Oct-12 17:44:45

A thousand splendid suns. It's certainly not a light & fluffy read, but it will stick with you forever.

DublinMammy Sat 06-Oct-12 17:45:17

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood - dark, tragic, heroine, fabulous book....

Euphemia Sat 06-Oct-12 17:46:08

11.22.63 by Stephen King - it's about how the world would be if someone travelled back in time and prevented JFK's murder.

An older one but I've just read and enjoyed The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sat 06-Oct-12 17:47:41

Wuthering Heights
Jamaica Inn
These Is My Words

McHappyPants2012 Sat 06-Oct-12 17:49:03

Daughter of smoke and bone, fantastic book

GilbGeekette Sat 06-Oct-12 17:49:23

Seconding The Handmaid's Tale. First real 'feminist' book I read, had a real impact upon me.

SoldierKatnissEverdeen Sat 06-Oct-12 17:51:03

Second the hunger games trilogy. Not fluffy, really cared for the characters, and unputdownable. A great read.

Kalisi Sat 06-Oct-12 17:57:26

Game of Thrones! You got heroines coming out your ears! And I'll second "Euphemia's" suggestion too!

Kalisi Sat 06-Oct-12 17:58:15

Oh and you are being vvvvvvvvvU! grin

LaVitaBellissima Sat 06-Oct-12 17:59:10

The Night Circus? I haven't read it yet but it sounds brilliant!

legoballoon Sat 06-Oct-12 18:01:06

The Little Stranger (Sarah Walters) - chilling story set in postwar Britain, beautifully written.

Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) - fabulous epic account of migrant workers travelling Depressing era States. Absolutely my all time favourite.

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong.

Or just any of her Women of the Otherworld series.

toastandmarmiterocks Sat 06-Oct-12 18:05:11

The Labyrinth of Osiris by Paul Sussman. Main characters are two men but there are some strong women too. Brilliant read.

ninjanurse Sat 06-Oct-12 18:06:10

Another vote for The Hunger Games. Totally engrossing.

CheerMum Sat 06-Oct-12 18:09:19

Ken Follets century series is good, kind of family saga

Agnesinroom25 Sat 06-Oct-12 18:11:34

I've just finished The Wicked Girls. Very very good.

Dawndonna Sat 06-Oct-12 18:11:50

I loved 'The Night Circus'. In fact I've read it twice.
Anything by Angela Carter.
Possession. A.S. Byatt.

Metro 2033 is great and very unfluffy!

Badvoc Sat 06-Oct-12 18:15:25

Wolf hall
Bring up the bodies
The thousand autumns if Jacob de Zoet
A thousand splendid suns
An instance of the fingerpost

Stinkyminkymoo Sat 06-Oct-12 18:19:17

Ooh! The girl with the dragon tattoo & other 2 in the millennium trilogy.

Bloody brilliant!

Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane. There's no happy ending, but it's very well written.

IvanaHumpalot Sat 06-Oct-12 18:48:23

No heroines as such - but quality reads.

East of Eden - John Steinbeck
God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Anything by Kazuo Ishiguro (no book called 'anything', his books are amazing)

Kingcyrolophosarus Sat 06-Oct-12 18:59:03

Before I go to sleep- I think that's what it's called

Kingcyrolophosarus Sat 06-Oct-12 19:00:56

Yes, SJ Watson

itwasallyellow Sat 06-Oct-12 19:02:09

Oh loads of good ones here, think I chose the handmaids tale that was one I was going to read ages ago.

Only worried it might be a little too sad? I know iabu to post it here but never venture onto the other bits of this site apart from a glance at feminism.

carabos Sat 06-Oct-12 19:15:06

Another vote for Before I Go to Sleep and can also recommend both Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. Anything by Ian McEwan, anything by Philip Roth, anything by Sebastian Faulks.

Leedscatgirl Sat 06-Oct-12 19:17:02

The night circus - amazing

ninjanurse Sat 06-Oct-12 19:27:13

Ive thought of another one - Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Really chilling.

dipitydoyou Sat 06-Oct-12 19:41:31

ooooh third recommendation here for the Hunger Games - Brilliant. I really enjoyed all three, one of the best things about having a kindle was being able to promptly download the next book straightaway!

Portofino Sat 06-Oct-12 19:42:10

The Little House
Me Before You
Wolf Hall
One Day
Anything by Sarah Waters.

Portofino Sat 06-Oct-12 19:42:23


autumnlights12 Sat 06-Oct-12 19:44:01

if you want a great, hilariously funny book you wont want to put down, get The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy. Or I Left My Tent in Sanfransisco by Emma Kennedy. Both brilliant.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Sat 06-Oct-12 19:44:29

The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George is brilliant, and would fit exactly what you say you are looking for. Apart from the fact that you probably know roughly what happens, but that doesn't take away from this book at all.

Or Mary called Magdalene by the same author.

AndMiffyWentToSleep Sat 06-Oct-12 19:46:19

The book thief
Lady audley's secret
Their eyes were watching god
Jamaica Inn
The poisonwood bible

BuxtonTheBlueCat Sat 06-Oct-12 19:48:44

The Little Stranger freaked me right out. Loved it though.

What about a bit of Dickens? Or the Woman In White - my favourite book ever!

Thingiebob Sat 06-Oct-12 19:52:24

I second the Handmaid's Tale.

Fairylea Sat 06-Oct-12 20:06:37

I third the handmaids tale smile

Also... to kill a mockingbird
The night circus
The hypnotist

CaptainVonTrapp Sat 06-Oct-12 20:13:19

Dissolution by C J Sansom. I lived and dreamt it.

I would have said historical murder mystery was not my cup of tea at all but this was something else.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 06-Oct-12 20:13:19

Hello. We're going to move this thread to Adult Fiction, where it really belongs.

We're sure you'll get - even more - brilliant replies there.

legoballoon Sat 06-Oct-12 21:06:32

Avoid Ken Follett, IMHO. It feels like even he gets bored half way through his 1000 page tomes....

Feenie Sun 07-Oct-12 21:26:25
Feenie Sun 07-Oct-12 21:27:34

Sorry, try again: The Wicked Girls

popsypie Sun 07-Oct-12 21:32:39

There is no female heroine more hardcore than lisbeth salander! You MUST read 'the girl with the dragon tattoo' I could not put it down. I sprinted home from dropping the kids to read it! And it is a TRILOGY!!! Three times the fun! Hurrah! grin

SkiBumMum Fri 12-Oct-12 10:28:32

I'm enjoying the Seamstress by Maria Duenas

OneHolyCow Fri 12-Oct-12 12:35:15

Dark? I like Gillian Flynn's books, she wrote three and they are not flawless but good enough, dark and twisted. Dark Places and Sharp Objects, Gone Girl is her newest but like the first two better.
Dark Places is sometimes LOL funny as well, being about the sole survivor of a massacre that shamelessly lives of the money her 'fans' send her. No soppy stuff. Her heroines are flawed and seriously dysfunctional.

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