One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, is a book you will never forget. Reading the Juicy Fruit scene makes me cry every time.
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham is a book set very much in its time and that's what makes it so gripping.
1984, George Orwell. I have this book on my shelf. I have read it once and it terrified me so much I haven't plucked up the courage to read it again.
Stuart B MacBride's Halfhead - set in a nightmare world where criminals are lobotomised by the state, this is a fantastic read. Written by the author of the excellent DS Logan McRae books.
Tim Weaver's debut novel Chasing the Dead is a gripping read. Alex Towne is meant to be dead, burned to a crisp in a car, so why has his mum just seen him? This is the first book in the missing persons investigator David Raker books.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is a fantastic little book with a great twist in the tale.
For One More Day also by Mitch Albom, is a real weepie. What would you do if you could go back and spend some time with your deceased mother?
Under The Dome by Stephen King is a great read that never sags. Fantastic writing from the master.
Craig Russell's Jan Fabel books about a German detective are a must, so I was a bit worried when he decided to ditch him to write about new man Lennox, a detective for hire working in Glasgow after WWII. I shouldn't have bothered the first novel in the series, funnily enough called Lennox was a real treat. About to get started on the second The Long Glasgow Kiss.
Simon Kernick's cop turned hitman books about DS Milne are a real treat. The Business of Dying is a book I read again and again. It's Kernick's first book and a master class in how to create a character readers will want to read about again and again. The second book in the series is A Good Day to Die, which is just as compelling. The author grabs you by the scruff of the neck and doesn't let go.
Natsuo Kirino's Out is a mesmerising read. One of Japan's best authors sets her book in the dark world of four women working the graveyard shift in a box factory. When one of them strangles her abusive husband the other three decide to help her. This gripping read looks at the consequences of their decision.
Robert Goddard is one of those authors who doesn't get the recognition he deserves. I've read all but one of his books. I wouldn't say Long Time Coming is his best, because all of his books are brilliant. If you haven't read Goddard you're missing a real treat.
Harlan Coben rarely writes a stinker - Play Dead was one - and writes the brilliant Myron Bolitar books. They are not to be missed.
David Baldacci writes so many good books. The books featuring The Camel Club with Oliver Stone and his band of miscreants are a real treat.
Sue Grafton's alphabet series. Can't wait for V. To read details of all the books click on this link.