Books That Are Hard to Put Down

March 4, 2019

For my first post on my book page, I decided to make a list of books that I found hard to put down. These books span in length and topic, and are hard to put down for different reasons. I will provide the author, the genre, the page length, and why I couldn’t put it down! If you want to learn more about a book, just click on the photograph!

The Outsider

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Length: 576 Pages
  • Genre: Horror
  • Why I couldn’t put it down: King grips you with the story of a small-town baseball coach who is the main suspect in the brutal murder of a young boy. Is Terry the murderer? Or is there a much greater, more sinister presence lurking in their small town?

A Simple Favor

  • Author: Darcey Bell
  • Length: 304 Pages
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Why I couldn’t put it down: Bell creates such an unsettling atmosphere, you want to keep reading until your biggest question is answered, “Where is Emily?” None of the characters are as they seem in this twisting and turning novel of domestic affairs.

Ill Will

  • Author: Dan Chaon
  • Length: 496 Pages
  • Genre: Mystery/Thriller
  • Why I couldn’t put it down: This novel spans 30 years, centered upon a psychologist who’s brother is being released from prison after serving a three decade term for murdering their parents, aunt and uncle. Why is he being released? Because DNA has proved him innocent. Meanwhile, college age boys are being murdered in their town. I couldn’t stop until I found out what was truly happening under the surface, and when I did, I couldn’t breathe.

Since We Fell

  • Author: Dennis Lehane
  • Length: 432 Pages
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Why I couldn’t put it down: Lehane hits home in this novel. Rachel Child’s is the main character, who is a journalist living as a shut-in since she had a meltdown on air. Her panic attacks leave her crippled, yet for the most part she lives a perfect life with a perfect husband. Until she has a chance encounter that changes everything.

Dark Matter

  • Author: Blake Crouch
  • Length: 496 Pages
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Why I couldn’t put it down: Jason Dessen gets kidnapped, and the last words he hears are “Are you happy with your life?”. From there he wakes up in a different world, his son has never been born, he is not married to his wife, and nothing is the same. This book gripped me because the further you get into it, the more you wonder, is reality really what it seems?

In Cold Blood

  • Author: Truman Capote
  • Length: 343 Pages
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Why I couldn’t put it down: This book is a real story. Capote follows what actually happened on that fateful day when four members of the Clutter family are brutally murdered in 1959. There is something about a real-life murder mystery that makes you want to stay up at night.

The Road

  • Author: Cormac McCarthy
  • Length: 324 Pages
  • Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
  • Why I couldn’t put it down: McCarthy grips you for so many reasons. His novel follows a man and his son as they try to survive a world devoid of life. Exciting, emotional, and raw, I could not close the book until I knew what was to become of these two kindred spirits who had beaten the odds.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

  • Author: Stephen Chbosky
  • Length: 224 Pages
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Why I couldn’t put it down: This novel shows real life. The entire story is of Charlie, a freshman in high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You follow Charlie as he learns of friends, romance, sex and drugs, and you can only hope he finds himself.


  • Author: Scott Westerfeld
  • Length: 432 Pages
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Why I couldn’t put it down: Uglies is actually the first in a four book series, and I read all four of them in two weeks. The book is set in a future world where everyone is an “Ugly” until they undergo severe cosmetic surgery at 16. But what happens when the main character Tally rebels against society? What is the true price of being pretty? It is thought-provoking and deep, and you truly have no idea until the very end of the series how Tally’s life will end up.

The Lovely Bones

  • Author: Alice Sebold
  • Length: 368 Pages
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Why I couldn’t put it down: This book is hard to put down simply because you get pulled into the frustration of the main character. After the first few pages when she is brutally murdered, the reader gets to hear all of Susie’s thoughts as she attempts to bring her family to realize that her killer is close by, and dangerous.

Before I Go To Sleep

  • Author: S.J. Watson
  • Length: 371 Pages
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Why I couldn’t put it down: This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. It follows Christine, who has amnesia and forgets everything that happened the day before as soon as she goes to sleep. Her husband Ben is her only hope for remembering day to day life. One day her therapist tells her to start writing down memories to help her regain a sense of self. All goes well until she wakes up and reads the diary with three simple words: Don’t trust Ben. Watson makes you stress while you experience Christine attempting to piece together where the danger is coming from, and what it is, as she continues to forget after she goes to sleep.

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  • Natalie April 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    These are some great book suggestions! I loved the Lovely Bones. With summertime coming up, I look forward to checking some of these out. Thanks for the tips.

    • thehonestreader April 8, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      I have read the Lovely Bones several times, I love it a lot!!! No problem!

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