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Need a gripping, long book to download to my Kindle. Any recommendations?

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gastrognome Mon 01-Aug-11 15:59:04

Leaving tomorrow morning for a very long drive down to France. Luckily i wont be doing the driving, so this will be a rare occasion for me to have a good read, as both children will be strapped in to their carseats and plugged into a Disney film or three (thank you iPad).

Would love to get some recommendations for really good page turners that I could download to my Kindle. The longer the better!

Mystery/ thriller / fantasy genres all good. Or indeed anything that just has a cracking good story. But not too hard going as must be able to dip in and out easily.

thestringcheeseincident Mon 01-Aug-11 16:00:31

Millennium trilogy?

Loshad Mon 01-Aug-11 16:02:55

The childrens book (not for children honestly)

Columbia999 Mon 01-Aug-11 16:05:02

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, absolutely gripping and I resented every time I had to put it down!

AgentProvocateur Mon 01-Aug-11 16:11:19

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. I read it on holiday this year, and it was one the best books I've ever read.

AnnOdyne Mon 01-Aug-11 16:13:05

little voice?

gastrognome Mon 01-Aug-11 16:41:51

Thanks, those are all great suggestions and haven't read any of them.

Moanna Mon 01-Aug-11 16:53:06

Game of Thrones pentalogy? <is that even right?>

infin Mon 01-Aug-11 18:12:25

A Fine Balance is my favourite book. However, just a warning; some find it depressing and disturbing.
Let me add The Book of Negroes by Laurence Hill to the mix. It is the life story of a girl captured into slavery at the age of 11. It's an inspiring read.

BeehiveBaby Mon 01-Aug-11 18:15:55

'World on Fire' woman who wrote The Duchess. Just finished it, amazing and loooong!

coastgirl Mon 01-Aug-11 18:17:23

The Crimson Petal and the White.

Flowerista Mon 01-Aug-11 18:20:24

The Man from Beijing

PrincessJenga Mon 01-Aug-11 18:23:51

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. Long, gripping, elements of a thriller
(tho not really!) & travel related so good for holiday grin

DouglasPouch Wed 03-Aug-11 17:08:13

The Passage is good.

I am reading Blacklands atm which has me gripped.

Kayano Wed 03-Aug-11 18:40:02

2nd game of thrones

Bluebell99 Fri 05-Aug-11 23:13:42

I have just read quite a few Diane Chamberlain books. A bit like Jodi Picoult.

BitOfFun Fri 05-Aug-11 23:15:48


VivaLeBeaver Fri 05-Aug-11 23:23:49

Game of thrones
The passage
The help

Sam8082 Sat 06-Aug-11 16:56:43

Ditto Columbia999, in my view anything by Sarah Waters would be a good read - her most recent novel "The Little Stranger" is fab

PotteringAlong Sat 06-Aug-11 17:00:23

Curtis sittenfeld - 'an American Wife' is excellent

Katisha Sat 06-Aug-11 17:04:21

I really recommend The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, which is free to downlaod (or was when I did). It's the first ever detective novel, written in Victorian times by a friend of Dickens.
But don't be put off worrying it might be wordy and worthy - it's a page turner. And strangely modern.
Go on - might as well for free!

Humourme Sat 06-Aug-11 17:25:09

How about Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell? It is very long and gripping in so many different ways - Probably in your buttocks first though grin However, if you like heavy literary stuff it will blow you away. Something lighter but very absorbing is Phillipa Gregory.

Marlinspike Sat 06-Aug-11 17:29:48

Wolf Hall (Hilary mantel)
Another vote for Crimson petal and the white, cloud atlas and the Help.

I am re-reading all the Harry Potter books at the moment - great page turners!

Katisha Sat 06-Aug-11 17:33:15

Oh yes The Help - excellent.

Cloud Atlas...well it's hard work...

gastrognome Mon 08-Aug-11 06:32:01

Thanks again for all the suggestions.

Ended up downloading Fingersmith and A Fine Balance. Loved Fingersmith and couldn't put it down - all those great plot twists! Will start the other today. And will probably download The Cloud Atlas too.

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