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Any recommendations for something midbrow - gripping but not too formulaic or forgettable?

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Jonad Wed 15-Apr-20 20:31:20

I often find crime and thrillers a bit forgettable but would like something easy to get into and absorbing right now - but well-written at the same time iyswim?

Sorry for such a poorly worded description on the books board! blush

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amiw Wed 15-Apr-20 20:32:25


RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Wed 15-Apr-20 20:33:35

His Bloody Project?

Burial Rites?

SwedishEdith Wed 15-Apr-20 20:33:44

I'm reading Normal People atm. I know some hate it (and I might when I've finished and can look back on it) but I'm enjoying reading it. And I've hardly read any books for ages so has got me back into the habit I hope

AliceLutherNeeMorgan Wed 15-Apr-20 20:37:53

Ann Patchett
Kate Atkinson
Joanne Harris
Elizabeth Strout

Jonad Wed 15-Apr-20 20:38:30

I wasn’t a big fan of Conversations with Friends by the same author but I suppose it was very readable so I might check it out Edith.

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Mojitomogul Wed 15-Apr-20 20:41:54

I just finished 'My Mother, The Psychopath' by Olivia Rayne.. its non fiction and so gripping.. it's an account of the author's childhood with her psychopathic mother and i finished it in a day

SagaBauer Wed 15-Apr-20 20:46:40

I've just finished reading the Joona Linna series by Lars Kepler. I started with the Rabbit Hunter (or Hunter) and then went back to the start and read them in order. Enjoyed Rabbit Hunter and the Hypnotist the best. Kind of formulaic by the time you get to the 4th book but enjoyable nonetheless!

I never rated thrillers before this, but this has swayed me smile.

MsTSwift Wed 15-Apr-20 20:48:34

Kate Atkinson books good just finished Big Sky gripping

Neolara Wed 15-Apr-20 20:50:37

I also really enjoyed Normal People.

What about The Rosie Project books. An easy read but smart and enjoyable.

merryhouse Wed 15-Apr-20 21:16:59

A Morbid Taste for Bones is the first one
One Corpse Too Many is the second and MUST BE READ before any of the rest to avoid major spoiler

BookWitch Wed 15-Apr-20 21:19:47

I enjoyed The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, a page turner but not a thriller. Not too many characters to keep track of and well written.

sunnie1992 Wed 15-Apr-20 21:23:29

I like pretty much anything by Joy Ellis. Crime but it's not formulaic.

The jackman and Evans series is probably my favourite

AuntieDolly Wed 15-Apr-20 21:27:18

Have you read any of the 'Rivers of London' books by Ben Aaronovitch? Crime and the supernatural combined.

BrandoraPaithwaite Wed 15-Apr-20 21:36:37

I am currently ploughing through the latest Phillipa Gregory, Tidelands. It fits the bill for what you are looking for.

Also I really enjoy that some of DP's relations used to live next door to Phillipa Gregory and they claim she was a lovely woman but had a very badly behaved dog. I don't know why I enjoy this bit of trivia so much but I do.

Mooserp Wed 15-Apr-20 21:40:42

I've recently read The Heart's Invisible Future by John Boyne which I think meets your criteria.

Ikeameatballs Wed 15-Apr-20 21:42:57

I love Kate Atkinson.

Lastbustowhitehawk Wed 15-Apr-20 21:46:50

Yes to The Heart's Invisible Furies (typo in PP)- I loved it! I also recently enjoyed The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and The Green Road by Anne Enright.

Mooserp Wed 15-Apr-20 21:50:09

Thank you for the correction! Typing without my glasses on 🙄

DustyMaiden Wed 15-Apr-20 21:50:37

The hearts invisible furies definitely

cortex10 Wed 15-Apr-20 21:59:06

CJ Sansom's Shardlake series

dementedma Wed 15-Apr-20 22:07:03

Love the Shardlake series, and Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth trilogy.

BeardedMum Wed 15-Apr-20 22:10:45

I recently read Educated by Tara Westover. It’s so so good and I am still thinking about it now.

mynameiscalypso Wed 15-Apr-20 22:21:31

I'm finally reading The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair and enjoying it a lot.

PerkingFaintly Wed 15-Apr-20 22:39:06

Dorothy L Sayers, if you haven't yet. Suggest starting with the Harriet Vane books (first is Strong Poison ) rather than going strictly chronologically.

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