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Need a 'can't put down'

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Munzle Thu 23-Jun-11 12:37:55

You know what I mean... where you pretend that you need the loo loads just so you can go and read your book?! On holiday next week and it's ages since I've read a book that had me furiously turning the pages. Don't like chick/lit, murder/mystery. Last book I read that had me gripped like this was Time Traveller's Wife, and We need to Talk about Kevin. Any suggestions?

Grabaspoon Thu 23-Jun-11 12:42:45

My recent can't-put-downs were

Water for elephants
The 13th Tale

I also reccomend

The help
The 19th wife

Bradsmum Thu 23-Jun-11 12:47:30

The Passage - different but unputdownable for me

AussieGirl78 Thu 23-Jun-11 14:54:59

I loved The Help too - another one that's meant to be brilliant but I haven't read yet is 'The memory of love'

Enjoy your holiday!!!

FranSanDisco Thu 23-Jun-11 14:58:57

My recent can't put downs are :

Water for elephants
The Help

Just finished this afternoon When god was a rabbit which was OK but not like the above. I'm on the look out for the next read so will watch this thread smile.

RupertTheBear Thu 23-Jun-11 16:17:57

Recent ones for me include Room, The Hand That First Held Mine, Into the Darkest Corner and the Shardlake books.
I am also really enjoying Pigeon English which I have just started.

fluffyliquorice Thu 23-Jun-11 17:08:07

Have just finished and loved A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth. I would also recommend True Things About Me by Deborah Kay Davies.

FreeButtonBee Thu 23-Jun-11 20:02:24


bradsmum - come talk passage with me over here

JoleneJoleneJoleneJoleeene Thu 23-Jun-11 20:04:32

Jodi picoult and phillipa Gregory having staying up to all hours reading.

KnitterInTheNW Thu 23-Jun-11 20:04:35

Have you read Perfume?

ComeWhineWithMe Thu 23-Jun-11 20:08:36

The Passage

One Day

Angels- Marian Keyes

Geralds Game

Haribojoe Thu 23-Jun-11 21:17:49

Plain truth by Jodi Picoult, Killing Floor by Lee Child, Room by Emma Donoghue, loads of others but can't think right now.

Bandwitch Thu 23-Jun-11 21:20:07

I just finished The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simons yesterday. Big thick book and I practically brought it in to the bathroom with me. sorry, tmi!

BikeRunSki Thu 23-Jun-11 21:21:00

Anything by Douglas Kennedy. Especially "A Special Relationship" and "The Pursuit of Happiness". Don't let the naff names and girly covers put you off.

Strivingtosmile Thu 23-Jun-11 21:27:27

Another Paullina Simons from me - The Bronze horseman. Fave book ever

ColonelBrandonsBiggestGroupie Thu 23-Jun-11 22:26:36

Yes to Perfume.
Yes to The Passage.
Yes to Shardlake but you won't like those because they are murder/mystery - bloody good ones though.

Harriet81 Thu 23-Jun-11 22:33:15

Room, One Day, A Thousand Splendid Sunsets, The Dressmaker, We Are all Made of Glue, Kafka on the Shore, to name but a few. I was involved in world book night so could send you a copy of One Day as I still have a few left. It's a beautiful story and the film is out in August. If you would like a copy then just message your address.

Bandwitch Fri 24-Jun-11 12:00:31

Strivingtosmile, which comes first in that trilogy. is it tatiana or the bronze horseman? I have a secondhand copy of T&A but I can't find any clue as to whether it's the first in the trilogy or not. I want to read them in the right order.

I read Perfume years ago. Very good but you'd be finished it very quickly.

Bandwitch Fri 24-Jun-11 12:02:02

Bikerunski, interesting you say that because the extremely romantic titles do put me off. I imagine them being like Leslie Pearse books. (i've read a couple and enjoyed some and raised my eyes at others).

argghh Fri 24-Jun-11 12:09:21

Great thread, just marking my spot !

BikeRunSki Fri 24-Jun-11 19:04:15

No, Douglas Kennedy is not like Lesley Pearce smaltzy crap at all (have only read Stolen, and only finsihed it to see if it would get better). Douglas K writes well, deals with "issues", hs strong female leads and is gripping, real page turner stuff. Try one, and you'll be straight on Amazon to order the rest. I suspect that the titles and covers are a publisher's marketing ploy to attract female readers because of the female leads.

roundandroundincircles Fri 24-Jun-11 19:11:15

Room, The Island (Victoria Hislop), When will there be good news (Kate Atkinson) - just been on tv.

Jofo Fri 24-Jun-11 19:18:37

The Tent, The Bucket and Me - Emma Kennedy
The Slap

ginmakesitallok Fri 24-Jun-11 19:18:46

Have just finished Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup - it was one of those that I snuck into the toilet with me blush

transferbalance Fri 24-Jun-11 19:22:24

I like Vikras Swarup a lot, thought Q&A was much better than the film

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