Everybody loves a good page turner every once in a while. It’s the feeling you get where you want to find the truth that usually lies near the end and therefore, becomes an obsession. Many people find page turners to be thrillers but this is where I disagree; I have read many a thriller and yes, it is true, if it’s gripping enough then I can sit with that book all day and forget to eat. However there are those books which are so beautiful; they touch a nerve and you find yourself holding the book tighter whilst reading and then when you do eventually put it down, you find that you can’t let go of the book. The following books are all fiction, albeit one which I believe grants it a page turner title.
1. The Book Thief
by Mark Zusak
This is one of my all-time favourites and how could it not be everyone’s- It’s narrated by Death which is already a hook-line and sinker. It follows the early life of a girl during the second World War who loves and steals books and her adoptive family helps a Jew; need I say more?
2. The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
Another one of my all-time favourites. It is extremely artistic, especially page 50. It follows the death of Susie Salmon, “like the fish” and her murder and all the people affected by the crime. But the twist is that she can see all that is happening on Earth from heaven and so she follows her family and friends, just as we do with the story.
3. Until You’re Mine
by Samantha Hayes
Samantha Hayes is a family-based psychological thriller writer, with the emphasis being on “real-life fiction”. This is the type of book where you wonder for most of the book where the thrilling part is and therefore turn the pages like there is no tomorrow and then when you do find the crux of it, you physically put the book down and walk away as I did because you can’t believe what you are reading.
4. If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
What would you do if you were having a normal day and then suddenly everything you love and care about is robbed from you and your life was also on the brink? Would you stay or would you go? A hollowing book as the question it asks is life-affirming and heart rending.
5. Confessions of a Male Nurse
by Michael Alexander
Written with a pseudonym, a nurse writes to tell us the real-life experiences of a male nurse on a gynaecology ward. It is a touching and quite frequently hilarious account of a nurse who has truly seen it all.
Take this time to find a nice spot in the shade and read a book! Enjoy quarantine in any way possible!