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Please recommend me a gripping, enthralling book ..

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SageSeymour Sun 21-Dec-14 16:37:40

Not fantasy or sci-fi. I also don't like the Scandinavian stuff or anything about old men climbing out of windows/ Heft etc

I would like something instantly grabby and easy to read. I disliked 'The Goldfinch' as couldn't get into it.

Please and thank you!

BuddyKringleberry Sun 21-Dec-14 16:38:50

I've just finished Into the darkest corner by Elizabeth Haynes. I would definitely recommend it x

agoodbook Sun 21-Dec-14 16:39:33

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Sun 21-Dec-14 16:39:40

Noooooo! Don't say that! I am just starting The Goldfinch. Mo Hayder Poppet is ace, or the Wasp Factory (Ian Banks). Also The Womens Room or the Handmaids Tale are excellent. I couldn't put them down.

Stitchosaurus Sun 21-Dec-14 16:46:44

I read The Goldfinch yesterday...I was gripped and completely compelled to read it all in one day, but afterwards I did feel slightly let down by it. I second the Handmaids Tale

Southeastdweller Sun 21-Dec-14 17:28:18

Notes on a Scandal is what I recommend though maybe not if you've seen the film.

snozzlemaid Sun 21-Dec-14 17:37:17

I was also going to recommend Into the Darkest Corner. I was gripped and couldn't put it down.

Elmersnewfriend Sun 21-Dec-14 17:37:42

Have you read Gone Girl? It's everything you have said - not a work of genius, but it is instantly gripping and a real page turner.

Luciferbox Sun 21-Dec-14 17:38:49

Another vote for the darkest corner here. Very gripping

GinnelsandWhippets Sun 21-Dec-14 17:39:24

The Crimson petal and the White is fab and really gripping.

snozzlemaid Sun 21-Dec-14 17:40:50

Just seen on another thread that Into the Darkest Corner is 99p on kindle!

LoathsomeDrab Sun 21-Dec-14 17:40:50

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen Kings. It remains the only book I've ever read in a single sitting because I really could not put it down.

Dollyemi Sun 21-Dec-14 17:41:07

Spooky story, Sands of time by Barbara Erskine, takes place on a Nile cruise. Read all of hers once I had read that one

DuchessofMalfi Sun 21-Dec-14 18:05:24

My recommendation would be Gillespie & I by Jane Harris. Alternatively if you like crime novels, then Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler series.

WhyTheFace Sun 21-Dec-14 18:07:28

I've just raced through Gone Girl and Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Both are grabby and twisty and proper page turners!

Stealthpolarbear Sun 21-Dec-14 18:09:12

In the woods,tana French

GertrudePerkins Sun 21-Dec-14 18:11:32

the Woman in Black - Susan Hill
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
Gentlemen and Players - Joanne Harris

WowserBowser Sun 21-Dec-14 18:11:52

The Crimson petal and the White is fab and really gripping

I can't get in to it. There seems to be a lot of walking about. Does it get better then?

hackmum Sun 21-Dec-14 18:20:30

Have just finished Daughter - good, page-turning psychological thriller.

carlywurly Sun 21-Dec-14 18:25:44

Thanks snozzlemaid, just grabbed that little bargain from kindle

And as I typed your name it struck me that we could be neighbours grin

burgatroyd Sun 21-Dec-14 19:11:23

Husbands secret - don't let the cover deceive you. Read the reviews. Such a great book!
The Help
Dark Matter
Secret History

burgatroyd Sun 21-Dec-14 19:12:15

I second, In the Woods!

SageSeymour Sun 21-Dec-14 19:16:36

Some great suggestions thank you

I've read into the darkest corner and enjoyed that a lot. Off to download some samples

tealover1985 Sun 21-Dec-14 19:16:53

Another vote here for gone girl - I read it in two days couldn't put it down.

SageSeymour Sun 21-Dec-14 19:17:07

Hated Gone Girl though... Same old story - couldn't get into it

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