From psychological thrillers to detective stories to just really compelling writing, there’s more than one way to write a page-turner. Next time you’re suffering from insomnia (or need strong motivation to read), pick up one of these engrossing books.
For a more literary page-turner, try this Gothic tale about a reclusive author. When budding biographer Margaret Lea is contacted by the famous (but mysterious) author Vida Winter, she has no idea why Winter wants her to write her official biography. But once Vida begins telling her story, Margaret is enthralled — and you will be, too.
Controversial blogger Emily Lindsey is found covered in blood (not hers) and holding a hunting knife. As Detective Steven Paul investigates the mystery, Emily repeatedly scratches out an odd symbol — the same symbol Detective Paul has been seeing in his nightmares for years.
For a young adult thriller you won’t be able to put down (that still appeals to adults), try this story of two sisters who go from best friends to estranged after a horrible car accident. After Dara vanishes, a nine-year-old girl also goes missing, and Nick becomes desperate to find her sister.
For a classic thriller, pick up Patricia Highsmith’s inspiration behind the film featuring (baby!) Matt Damon and Jude Law. This is the perfect time to read the original because a surprising amount of Ripley read-a-likes have been released lately (including one of TEG’s anticipated spring picks, Tangerine by Christine Mangan).
This true crime book was highly anticipated when it released in February 2018, but it’s only gotten more popular since then due to the arrest of the suspected subject of the book — the Golden State Killer. Knowing the killer’s (alleged) identity won’t lessen the grip of this book, however, so you’ll still find yourself reading into the wee hours.
This one won’t actually keep you up all night, only because you’ll finish it in a few hours. The entire book is written in verse and takes place in just 60 seconds: the length of time it takes for a teenager to ride down an elevator with a gun tucked into his waistband, on his way to visit his brother’s killer.