What "absolutely cannot put this down until I finish it" book do you recommend?

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Post # 2
221 posts
Helper bee

Watchers by Dean Koontz is outstanding. It’s about a government experiment gone wrong, with a golden retriever character that is impossible not to adore. It does have some intense violence, so if that is something you can handle, it is an edge-of-your-seat ride. I highly recommend it!

Post # 3
1803 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

I finished it last week. It ruined me. The ending tho….

All books on the Holocaust are harrowing. But this one…..this one got to me.

Post # 4
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Count of monte cristo (dumas) or les miserables (hugo). I swear by them!  But I’m a sucker for the french romantics ๐Ÿ˜„

Post # 5
322 posts
Helper bee

 All these books are really good and feature being trapped somehwere in one way or another, the later two esepcially. 

“Summon the Keeper” by Tanya Huff–polite Canadians, a sassy hole to hell, and a geriatric cat are all featured in this book. 10/10 recommend for a laugh and I couldn’t put it down. 

“The Collector” by John Fowles–this is really the beginning of the modern thriller and it’s amazing. It’s told from two POVs. The guy keeping a girl locked up in his basement and the girl who is locked in the basement. This has been the only book to give me physical goosebumps. 

“And the Trees Crept In” by Dawn  Kurtagich  I don’t know how to describe it so I’ll just post the blurb: 

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Post # 6
764 posts
Busy bee

“The Suspect” by Fiona Barton 

“In the Woods” by Tana French

“Safe With Me” by K L Slater

“The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena

Post # 7
1187 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

It’s about a young man who discovers a novel he falls in love with, and tries to solve the mystery of why all the books written by the same author have been destroyed.


Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo

Contrary to most adaptations, Quasimodo is a minor character. It’s about a man who’s worked hard his whole life to become a respected archdeacon, and then becomes a monster when he falls in love with a young gypsy girl who loves another man. One of my favourite classics, especially when Esmeralda falls for the handsome but arrogant guy who is clearly playing her – still very relatable to a modern reader.


American Gods – Neil Gaimon

An ex-con widower starts working as a bodyguard for a mysterious older man, who takes him on a tour of America meeting more mysterious people. The TV show is great, but quite different from the book, so it’s worth trying regardless of your opinion on the show.


Post # 8
409 posts
Helper bee

I recently read Origin by Dan Brown. Awesome book if you like suspense and the debate around religion and science.

Post # 9
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I’m a huge lover of Stephen King… my favourite read is definitely the Shining

Post # 10
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

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sbl99 :  I loved this book by about halfway in. I put it down for a while, and a friend of mine said “FINISH IT!” because it was so good. I’m glad I did. Good recco. 


Also, Big Little Lies, OR The Husband’s Secret by Lianne Moriarty. My Future Sister-In-Law recommended them to me and I COULD NOT STOP reading them.

Post # 11
1644 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2021 - Glacier National Park-Montana

Year one by Nora Roberts and it’s sequel of blood and bone.  A real departure for her.  

Post # 12
2369 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: NJ

11/22/63 by Stephen King. Can’t get over how fantastic it is. The best book I have read in 20 years. 

From the Corner Of His Eye, Life Expectancy and One Door Away From Heaven; 3 books by Dean Koontz when he was at his best. 

Bonfire Of the Vanities, and A Man In Full by Tom Wolfe.

A couple of these are huge, 800+ page books. But all the better, they last.

Post # 13
10355 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

The Stand by Stephen King is fantastic. 

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson are two of the most hilarious books I’ve ever read. I’m seriously in tears whenever I read those ones!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty was excellent, I enjoyed the HBO show so I decided to read the book and really loved it.

The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. It’s an older series but if you haven’t read them, they are definitely a YA must read!

Post # 14
2878 posts
Sugar bee

Ten Men Dead.  Th story of the ten hunger strikers  in Derry who went on a staggered hunger strike for basic human  rights. Most people know about Bobby Sands, but this is the story of the rest of them. Author is David Beresford.

Post # 15
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty … about a woman who hits her head and forgets a decade of her life; the last she remembers is being newly married and totally in love and then “wakes up” getting divorced, with 2 kids she doesn’t know, and animosity towards the person she has become. So good for any wife, mom, anyone struggling to become pregnant, a best friend, etc. etc. It really makes you think about where you are now compared to where you were 10 years ago.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate … About a young group of poor siblings in 1939 Tennesee, who are stolen from their parents and put into an adoption organization. It’s been awhile since I read this one, but it was one of those books I stayed up way too late reading because I just HAD to finish it.

One of my favorite series is The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, it’s young-adult, post-apocolypic, about a fenced-in village surrounded by a forest of zombies. Super fast read, can’t put down!


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