For readers, is there anything more satisfying than a read so compulsive that you shut the world out, forget about the laundry, let the dishes pile up, and maybe let the kids eat cereal for dinner? OK, maybe it’s just me. The books in this roundup though, are books that Kindle readers flew through—in three days or even less. Most of us take longer than that to read a novel so that tells you that these are books where, like Pringles, once you start, you can’t stop. That makes them perfect for the commute, a vacation read, or just curling up on the couch. And to look at these and other Pageturners up close, you can check out our Pageturners case at an Amazon store near you.
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
FBI Special Agent Victor Hanoverian knows the woman across from him is not telling him her real name. But he believes the story she is telling about a garden, full of beautiful flowers and young women, the latter intricately tattooed to resemble butterflies. The horrific things that happen to these beautiful butterflies at the hands of the Gardener are almost more than she can bear to tell. But what she is not telling them propels the story and will keep readers glued until the end.
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Lowden Ashleigh has gotten a gig writing the last three books of a series written by bestselling author Verity Crawford, and travels to her home to begin work. Brain-dead following a car accident, Verity is now cared for by a team of nurses and her husband, Jeremy. And that’s about all it’s wise to know before starting this novel. Adrenaline-fueled, full of twists and flips, this one is an addictive jaw-dropper.
Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey
Part mystery and part coming of age, Unspeakable Things, based on a true story, is set in small town Minnesota in the 1980s. Twelve going on thirteen, Cassie is intelligent and independent. She is also curious about the fact that young boys have been disappearing around town, only to reappear months later, utterly changed. Then her sister disappears. Creepy but compelling, Unspeakable Things readers will want to read this in one sitting.
The Night Bird by Brian Freeman
When a series of bizarre deaths—involving seemingly random women suffering violent psychotic breaks—terrorizes San Francisco, homicide detective Frost Easton ends up at the door of psychiatrist Francesca Stein. All of the dead women were Frankie’s patients. As they pore over the evidence, a shadowy figure, The Night Bird, begins to taunt them with secrets from their pasts. An intricate puzzle, and a high-stakes race to keep others from dying, makes this a frantic page-turner.
The Last Girl by Joe Hart
Twenty-five years after a mysterious worldwide epidemic, there are fewer than a thousand women on earth and a few of them, including Zoey, are housed in a scientific research compound. Isolated from her family for over two decades, Zoey believes the rest of the world to be dead. Treated like prisoners in a high security jail and abused by guards, she wants out. How, and whether, she manages it is at the heart of this dystopian thriller, which sucks the reader in and keeps them on tenterhooks until the end.
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
Proving that there really are two sides to every story, The Mother-in-Law swings between two narrators, Diana, and her daughter-in-law, Lucy, who don’t enjoy a very close bond. When we meet Lucy for the first time, she’s being informed of her MIL’s suicide. But the autopsy indicates all is not as it seems. All-too-relatable family dynamics provide motives and keep the mystery humming in this pageturner.
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