Recommendations

  • Good Girl, Bad Girl

    Good Girl, Bad Girl

    Good Girl, Bad Girl

    Michael Robotham
    Fiction
    4.15 (20,376)

    A girl is discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. half-starved and filthy, she won’t tell anyone her name, or her age, or where she came from. maybe she is twelve, maybe fifteen. she doesn’t appear in any missing persons file, and her dna can’t be matched to an identity. six years later, still unidentified, she is living in a secure children’s home with a new name, evie cormac. when she initiates a court case demanding the right to be released as an adult,

    Stephen King

    a Michael Robotham novel automatically goes to the top of the pile. His new one is GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL, and it's unputdownable.

    Aug 16, 2019 — Source

  • The Dutch House

    The Dutch House

    The Dutch House

    Ann Patchett
    Fiction
    4.1 (327,619)

    At the end of the second world war, cyril conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. his first order of business is to buy the dutch house, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of philadelphia. meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.the story is told by cyril’s son danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured maeve, are

    Stephen King

    that's like a perfect Thanksgiving dinner...At first you turn the pages; then you slip into that world.

    Nov 16, 2019 — Source

  • Shaker

    Shaker

    Shaker

    Scott Frank
    Fiction
    3.74 (1,083)

    Roy cooper, a stoic, unassuming "errand runner" for various new york criminals, arrives in los angeles just as a powerful earthquake throws the city into chaos. still, roy is able to get his hit job done well. except for one thing: amid the chaos, he can't find his car. helplessly lost in north hollywood, he stumbles upon a jogger being beaten by four gangbangers, and, despite his best efforts, winds up in the middle of the fray. the jogger--a controversial mayoral candidate--is murdered. roy ends up hospitalized in critical condition

    Stephen King

    SHAKER, by Scott Frank, hit me like a bolt of lightning... READ THIS BOOK!

    Sep 4, 2019 — Source

  • Masters of the Word

    Masters of the Word

    Masters of the Word

    William J. Bernstein
    Fiction
    3.89 (230)

    William j. bernstein’s a splendid exchange: how trade shaped the world, an economist and financial times best book of the year, placed him firmly among the top flight of historians like jared diamond and bill bryson, capable of distilling major trends and reams of information into insightful, globe-spanning popular narrative. bernstein explains how new communication technologies and in particular our access to them, impacted human society. writing was born thousands of years ago in mesopotamia. spreading to sumer, and then egypt, this revolutionary tool allowed rulers to extend their control

    Stephen King

    Wow! This is one terrific horror/suspense/disaster novel.

    Dec 18, 2019 — Source

  • Charlesgate Confidential

    Charlesgate Confidential

    Charlesgate Confidential

    Scott Von Doviak
    Fiction
    4.11 (647)

    A group of criminals in 1946 pull off the heist of the century, stealing a dozen priceless works of art from a boston museum. but while the thieves get caught, the art is never found. forty years later, the last surviving thief gets out of jail and goes hunting for the loot, involving some innocent college students in his dangerous plan - and thirty years after that, in the present day, the former college kids, now all grown up, are drawn back into danger as the still-missing art tempts a

    Stephen King

    Congratulations! Twitterverse, if you haven't read CHARLESGATE CONIDENTIAL, youre missing a tall cool one.

    Sep 28, 2019 — Source

  • The Strangler

    The Strangler

    The Strangler

    William Landay
    Fiction
    3.34 (2,684)

    Boston, 1963. a city on edge. on street corners, newsboys hawk the shocking headline: kennedy is dead. in the city’s underworld, a mob war rages. but what terrifies bostonians most is the mysterious killer who has already claimed a dozen victims, a murderer whose name is indelibly linked to their city: the boston strangler. this is the electrifying backdrop of william landay’s magnificent new novel, a story of one irish-american family, a city under siege, and the long shadow cast by the most infamous killer of his day . .

    Stephen King

    A great novel. Does anyone know if hes still writing?Id love another one.

    Jun 13, 2020 — Source

  • Ninth House

    Ninth House

    Ninth House

    Leigh Bardugo
    Fiction
    4.04 (157,937)

    Galaxy “alex” stern is the most unlikely member of yale’s freshman class. raised in the los angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. by age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. some might say she’s thrown her life away. but at her hospital bed, alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full

    Stephen King

    THE NINTH HOUSE, by Leigh Bardugo: Great fantasy/horror novel. Out now. Just sayin.

    Oct 9, 2019 — Source

  • Mission Flats

    Mission Flats

    Mission Flats

    William Landay
    Fiction
    3.57 (4,471)

    Former d.a. william landay explodes onto the suspense scene with an electrifying novel about the true price of crime and the hidden corners of the criminal justice system. only an insider could so vividly capture boston’s gritty underworld of cops and criminals. and only a natural storyteller could weave this mesmerizing tale of murder and memory, a story about the hold of time past over time present–and the story of one unforgettable young policeman who ventures into the most dangerous place of all. by a gleaming lake in the forests

    Stephen King

    A grea novel

    Jun 13, 2020 — Source

  • And Then There Were None

    And Then There Were None

    And Then There Were None

    Agatha Christie
    Fiction
    4.27 (1,020,665)

    First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island off the coast of devon. their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. all that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. for each has been marked for murder. a famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion:"ten little boys went out to dine; one choked his little

    Stephen King

    AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, byAgatha Christie. Lots of murders, but relatively bloodless. And a great mystery.

    Oct 11, 2019 — Source

  • Defending Jacob

    Defending Jacob

    Defending Jacob

    William Landay
    3.98 (285,841)

    Award-winning author william landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis - a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.andy barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban massachusetts county for more than twenty years. he is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, laurie, and son, jacob. but when a shocking crime shatters their new england town,

    Stephen King

    DEFENDING JACOB, the novel, is great.

    Jun 13, 2020 — Source

  • Necessary People

    Necessary People

    Necessary People

    Anna Pitoniak
    Fiction
    3.74 (14,309)

    One of them has it all. one of them wants it all. but they can't both win. stella and violet are best friends, and from the moment they met in college, they knew their roles. beautiful, privileged, and reckless stella lives in the spotlight. hardworking, laser-focused violet stays behind the scenes, always ready to clean up the mess that stella inevitably leaves in her wake.after graduation, violet moves to new york and lands a job in cable news, where she works her way up from intern to assistant to producer,

    Stephen King

    I literally couldn't stop reading. Murder, ambition, toxic friendship. What's not to like?

    Jul 5, 2019 — Source

  • Dying Is Easy

    Dying Is Easy

    Dying Is Easy

    Gabriel Rodríguez,Joe Hill,Martin Simmonds
    3.28 (433)

    Meet syd "sh*t-talk" homes, a disgraced ex-cop turned bitter stand-up comic turned... possible felon? carl dixon is on the verge of comedy superstardom and he got there the dirty way: by stealing jokes. he's got a killer act, an ugly past, and more enemies than punch-lines. so when someone asks syd homes how much it would cost to have dixon killed, syd isn't surprised in the slightest. but, once he's accused, he's on the run and it's going to take all of his investigative chops to suss out the real

    Stephen King

    Yes, its a terrific read.

    Oct 18, 2019 — Source

  • Koko

    Koko

    Koko

    Peter Straub
    Fiction
    3.58 (9,118)

    Koko. only four men knew what it meant. now they must stop it. they are vietnam vets a doctor, a lawyer, a working stiff, and a writer. very different from each other, they are nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret. now, they have been reunited and are about to embark on a quest that will take them from washington, d.c., to the graveyards and fleshpots of the far east to the human jungle of new york, hunting someone from the past who has risen from

    Stephen King

    KOKO is one of the great novels of the 20th centurys second half.

    Jul 17, 2019 — Source

  • The Unwilling

    The Unwilling

    The Unwilling

    Kelly Braffet
    Fiction
    3.4 (1,156)

    A penetrating tale of magic, faith and pride...the unwilling is the story of judah, a foundling born with a special gift and raised inside highfall castle along with gavin, the son and heir to lord elban's vast empire. judah and gavin share an unnatural bond that is both the key to her survival... and possibly her undoing.as gavin is groomed for his future role, judah comes to realize that she has no real position within the kingdom, in fact, no hope at all of ever traveling beyond its castle walls.

    Stephen King

    Hving read this wonderful book, Id DOUBLE star it. Absolutely couldnt put it down. Didnt want it to end.

    Oct 29, 2019 — Source

  • The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    Tim Powers
    Fiction
    3.92 (15,018)

    Brendan doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet william ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. but while attending a lecture given by samuel taylor coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in regency london, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.caught up in the intrigue between rival bands of beggars, pursued by egyptian sorcerers, and befriended by coleridge, doyle somehow survives and learns more about the mysterious ashbless than he could ever have

    Stephen King

    Did you read CARRION COMFORT? That's Dan's best book.

    Oct 21, 2020 — Source

  • Growing Things and Other Stories

    Growing Things and Other Stories

    Growing Things and Other Stories

    Paul Tremblay
    Fiction
    3.5 (4,289)

    A chilling collection of psychological suspense and literary horror from the multiple award-winning author of the national bestseller The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts. A masterful anthology featuring nineteen pieces of short fiction, The Growing Things is an exciting glimpse into Paul Tremblay’s fantastically fertile imagination. In “The Teacher,” a Bram Stoker Award nominee for best short story, a student is forced to watch a disturbing video that will haunt and torment her and her classmates’ lives. Four men rob a pawn shop at gunpoint only to vanish, one-by-one, as they speed away from the crime scene in “The Getaway.” In “Swim Wants to Know If It’s as Bad as Swim Thinks,” a meth addict kidnaps her daughter from her estranged mother as their town is terrorized by a giant monster . . . or not. Joining these haunting works are stories linked to Tremblay’s previous novels. The tour de force metafictional novella “Notes from the Dog Walkers” deconstructs horror and publishing, possibly bringing in a character from A Head Full of Ghosts, all while serving as a prequel to Disappearance at Devil’s Rock. “The Thirteenth Temple” follows another character from A Head Full of Ghosts—Merry, who has published a tell-all memoir written years after the events of the novel. And the title story, “Growing Things,” a shivery tale loosely shared between the sisters in A Head Full of Ghosts, is told here in full. From global catastrophe to the demons inside our heads, Tremblay illuminates our primal fears and darkest dreams in startlingly original fiction that leaves us unmoored. As he lowers the sky and yanks the ground from beneath our feet, we are compelled to contemplate the darkness inside our own hearts and minds.

    Stephen King

    Can't praise Paul Tremblay's GROWING THINGS highly enough. One of the best collections of the 21st century.

    Jul 29, 2019 — Source

  • Cold Storage

    Cold Storage

    Cold Storage

    David Koepp
    Fiction
    3.66 (7,688)

    "On every level, Cold Storage is pure, unadulterated entertainment." —Douglas Preston, The New York Times Book Review For fans of The Martian, Dark Matter, and Before the Fall comes an astonishing debut thriller by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying bioterrorism adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism that could destroy all of humanity. They thought it was contained. They were wrong. When Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository. Now, after decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it. He races across the country to help two unwitting security guards—one an ex-con, the other a single mother. Over one harrowing night, the unlikely trio must figure out how to quarantine this horror again. All they have is luck, fearlessness, and a mordant sense of humor. Will that be enough to save all of humanity?

    Stephen King

    COLD STORAGE, by David Koepp:gruesome, terrifying, pulse-pounding, and also pretty goddam funny In places. You need to get on this right away.

    Nov 12, 2019 — Source

  • Cari Mora

    Cari Mora

    Cari Mora

    Thomas Harris
    2.82 (9,061)

    From the creator of hannibal lecter and the silence of the lambs comes a story of evil, greed, and the consequences of dark obsession.twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the miami beach waterfront. ruthless men have tracked it for years. leading the pack is hans-peter schneider. driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fleshing out the violent fantasies of other, richer men. cari mora, caretaker of the house, has escaped from the violence in her native country. she stays in miami on a

    Stephen King

    I'm reading CARI MORA, the new novel by Thomas Harris. Comes out next month.He's as good as ever. Reading his prose is like running a slow hand down cold silk.

    Apr 10, 2019 — Source

  • Cemetery Road

    Cemetery Road

    Cemetery Road

    Greg Iles
    Fiction
    4.11 (17,422)

    Marshall mcewan is one of the most successful journalists in washington, dc. but his father is terminally ill, and he must return to his childhood home - a place he vowed he would never go back to.bienville, mississippi, is no longer the city marshall remembers. his family's 150-year-old newspaper is failing, and jet talal, the love of his youth, has married into the family of max matheson, one of a dozen powerful patriarchs who rule the town through the exclusive bienville poker club. the city's only hope of economic salvation

    Stephen King

    CEMETERY ROAD, by Greg Iles: Pure reading pleasure. This guy knows the deep south as well or better than any other novelist.

    Sep 10, 2019 — Source

  • A Head Full of Ghosts

    A Head Full of Ghosts

    A Head Full of Ghosts

    Paul Tremblay
    Fiction
    3.8 (58,882)

    The lives of the barretts, a normal suburban new england family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.to her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to stop marjorie's descent into madness. as their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local catholic priest for help. father wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. he also contacts a production company that is eager to document the barretts' plight. with john, marjorie's

    Stephen King

    Yes indeed. Scary shit within.

    May 21, 2019 — Source

  • The Guest Book

    The Guest Book

    The Guest Book

    Sarah Blake
    Fiction
    3.62 (23,855)

    The guest book follows three generations of a powerful american family, a family that “used to run the world”.and when the novel begins in 1935, they still do. kitty and ogden milton appear to have everything—perfect children, good looks, a love everyone envies. but after a tragedy befalls them, ogden tries to bring kitty back to life by purchasing an island in maine. that island, and its house, come to define and burnish the milton family, year after year after year. and it is there that kitty issues a refusal

    Stephen King

    If you're part of a book club, may I suggest THE GUEST BOOK, by Sarah Blake? Lots to unpack there.

    May 28, 2019 — Source

  • Elevator Pitch

    Elevator Pitch

    Elevator Pitch

    Linwood Barclay
    Fiction
    3.81 (11,470)

    It all begins on a monday, when four people board an elevator in a manhattan office tower. each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.right to the bottom of the shaft.it appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. but then, on tuesday, it happens again, in a different manhattan skyscraper. and when wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation’s capital of media,

    Stephen King

    You should read ELEVATOR PITCH by Linwood Barclay as soon as possible. It's one hell of a suspense novel.

    Jun 4, 2019 — Source

  • The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    Tim Powers
    3.92 (15,018)

    Brendan doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet william ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. but while attending a lecture given by samuel taylor coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in regency london, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.caught up in the intrigue between rival bands of beggars, pursued by egyptian sorcerers, and befriended by coleridge, doyle somehow survives and learns more about the mysterious ashbless than he could ever have

    Stephen King

    Yeah, this is a cool book.

    Aug 4, 2020 — Source

  • Flight or Fright

    Flight or Fright

    Flight or Fright

    Ambrose Bierce,Arthur Conan Doyle,Bev Vincent,Cody Goodfellow,Dan Simmons,David J. Schow,E. Michael Lewis,E.C. Tubb,James Dickey,Joe Hill,John Varley,Peter Tremayne,Ray Bradbury,Richard Matheson,Roald Dahl,Stephen King,Tom Bissell
    3.5 (5,077)

    Fasten your seatbelts for an anthology of turbulent tales curated by stephen king and bev vincent. this exciting new anthology, perfect for airport or airplane reading, includes an original introduction and story notes for each story by stephen king, along with brand new stories from stephen king and joe hill.stephen king hates to fly. now he and co-editor bev vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.welcome to flight or fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles

    Stephen King

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss'podcast

    Mar 5, 2019 — Source