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Which author writes the best page-turners?

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Initial post: 11 Jun 2012, 19:11:57 BST
Last edited by the author on 12 Jun 2012, 16:10:08 BST
Shoot me down in flames, but my vote goes to Jeffrey Archer. I really enjoyed waiting for the antagonists to get their comeuppance in A Prisoner of Birth

Posted on 11 Jun 2012, 23:55:45 BST
Tricky says:
I think Harlan Coben's books are certainly page-turners. You can be lying in bed thinking, "I'll just get to the end of this chapter then call it a night," then, when you get there, you think, "I can't possibly leave it there, I'll have to find out what happens." So you read some more, then think about calling it a night when you get to the end of the chapter....before you know it it's "stupid o'clock" and you have to be up for work in a few hours. I can't believe the film rights haven't been snapped up for a load of his books (unless they have).

Posted on 12 Jun 2012, 04:39:24 BST
Monica says:
FOR ME -Two books stick to my mind-First Lori.L.Lake -Snow Moon Rising -well written and also if not read then read it-This is a Film waiting to happeni Second -Beautiful Strangers by Ellen Dean also a brilliant read and Film maybe-Both these authors need to be recognised as great authors. Check them out if you dare.

Posted on 12 Jun 2012, 06:52:17 BST
kittycat2000 says:
The author guaranteed to keep me reading all night is Mary Higgins Clark. I honestly don't think I've ever put down one of her books without finishing it and she's written a lot of books. She writes short, snappy chapters and really knows how to build up the tension.
In a totally different genre another author I find hard to put down is Jilly Cooper, her books are the ultimate in light relief, witty, glamorous and romantic all at the same time.
BTW Jan I agree with you about Jeffrey Archer. People like to knock him but he still sells an awful lot of books. Kane and Abel is one of my all time favourite books.

Posted on 12 Jun 2012, 07:25:29 BST
Garscadden says:
I'm no fan of his work, and haven't read one for years, but Grisham always seemed to be able to make you read just one more page.

Posted on 12 Jun 2012, 07:39:19 BST
Sou'Wester says:
I think there are successful authors like Archer, Dan Brown etc. who do have that clever knack of keeping their readers wanting to turn the page. It's definitely a skill and they deserve respect for using this skill. However, although these books can be enjoyable to read, I don't find they leave a lasting impression or have anything other than a superficial impact. I'm not ashamed to admit that I've read most of Jeffrey Archer's books and enjoyed their undemanding, escapist entertainment, but they are instantly forgettable, and I couldn't for the life of me recall now what any of the books were about, nor describe any of the characters.

Posted on 12 Jun 2012, 08:01:41 BST
F Mundo says:
Elmore Leonard always had me turning pages. Fun and fast.

Posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:17:06 BST
I''m reading Jeffrey Archer's The Eleventh Commandment I'm not a fan of espionage and don't think I would have carried on reading had it not been a Jeffrey Archer. But I'm getting to the part when the protagonist wreaks his revenge, so eagerly awaiting reading of the next chapter. The only thing I found a bit jarring was earlier in the book when he said, "After Mandela's death..." Can you kill off a living person? He also mentions Durban, which made me smile as I went to one of his book launches here.

Posted on 12 Jun 2012, 18:18:05 BST
Dogmatix says:
For me it has to be Wilbur Smith, he has written one or two below par efforts but on the whole his books are excellent reads and full of little cliff hangers that keep you reading to find out what will happen next.
At the moment I am reading " A Game of Thrones" by George R R Martin and I am finding this difficult to put down.

Posted on 13 Jun 2012, 13:17:15 BST
At the risk of this turning in to the Jeffrey Archer fan club, I have to agree with all that's been written above - they're not great works of literature, but there is something gripping about them. I used to think the same about Dan Brown, until the last one which I can't remember the name of, but was some confused plot about the masons... That was a page turner for me to - I kept flicking through to see how many more there were to go!

Posted on 13 Jun 2012, 17:17:33 BST
Huck Flynn says:
i agree about Archer - sometimes i even turn 2 or 3 pages over at a time :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2012, 19:33:23 BST
monica says:
Ah, a worthy successor to J. Yasimoto appears . . .

Posted on 16 Jun 2012, 18:52:37 BST
Book Addict says:
I went through a Jeffery Archer phase about 10 years ago and read all the books he had written at the time. I loved them, and after reading these posts might try out some of his newer books. Jo Nesbo books are real page turners. I agree that Harlan Coben books are difficult to put down, but I'm not so keen on his Myron Bolitar series.

I would say I read mostly page turners and they are instantly forgettable, but enjoyable at the time : )

Posted on 17 Jun 2012, 16:37:19 BST
bookworm says:
Karen Rose books and J D Robb (Nora Roberts) . Only jeffrey archer book i enjoyed was the presidents daughter i think its called. I've still got it somewhere.

Posted on 17 Jun 2012, 16:56:11 BST
Ron A Sewell says:
Tom Clancy and Wilber Smith are the top of my list.
At the bottom J Archer. Sorry folks can't stand him.

Posted on 17 Jun 2012, 17:45:15 BST
I agree about Wilbur Smith and enjoyed his first stories, but found the later ones a bit 'samey' and stopped reading. Perhaps I should try him again.

We are having a discussion on the Kindleboards about the difference between a good storyteller and a good writer. It's my feeling that a good storyteller is a writer who has the reader so absorbed in the story that they fail to see the words. If you are admiring the words then perhaps you are not absorbed in the story.

Posted on 17 Jun 2012, 19:37:40 BST
I agree about Jo Nesbo's books. I read The Devil's Star, The Redeemer and The Snowman back to back because I couldn't stop!

Posted on 18 Jun 2012, 17:51:35 BST
G. D. Buxton says:
For me it is not a particular Author its the novel that makes me want keep reading.I remember reading the rainmaker by Grisham, I could not put it down. I then read The Brethren and I did not want to pick it up. It was that boring.

Posted on 18 Jun 2012, 18:56:42 BST
Brian Moore and Robert Harris for me.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2012, 20:17:51 BST
J.Yasimoto says:
Successor? I'm not dead yet!

Posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:44:35 BST
I Kenworthy says:
Matthew Reilly's books are so fast paced that you can't help but turn the pages. They're not to everyone's taste though as it's a bit like reading an action movie. There's a cliff hanger on every page, but at the expense of depth. Ice Station was really good and his new Seven Ancient Wonders series is pretty good too. In some books he gets really carried away though and goes from exciting to downright ridiculous (Wasn't a fan of Scarecrow at all).

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Posted on 22 Jun 2012, 16:21:23 BST
Kay Hunter says:
Stephen King; Dean Koontz (except the last Odd novel - hope the next one is better); Diana Gabaldon.
John Grisham used to be great, can't read him now.

Posted on 22 Jun 2012, 17:23:15 BST
Nice to see the difference between page-turners and "good" books, but some fall on both sides. Once I pick up Wuthering Heights I can't stop till it's finished. It takes time with some; it took me a fortnight to read the first half of Adam Bede, and then the second was swallowed in an afternoon (when I should have been at work) Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon does it for me. So does Dorothy Sayers, Dick Francis, Jilly Cooper early, many more . . . I am quite easily compelled. many books which start off as page-turners turn into considered reads the second time round, as well.
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