Reader name: Kammie
Hometown: Wayland, NY
Favorite genres: gothic, historical fiction, thrillers, suspense
Favorite authors: Joyce Carol Oates, John Jakes, Greg Isles, Patricia Cornwell, Gregory Maguire
Favorite books: the Wicked series, the North and South series, the Scarpetta Series, Black Water
Here are BookPage’s suggestions for Kammie’s next great read . . .
For a Gothic suspense novel, you can’t go wrong with The Ghost Writer by John Harwood. This atmospheric psychological suspense tale is about a man who is haunted by the past and discovers the chilling truth about his mother’s secret. Turn-of-the-century horror stories are interwoven into the plot.
In Drood, Dan Simmons imagines the events that inspired Charles Dickens’ unfinished final work, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Simmons excels at classic science fiction, horror, fantasy, mystery and historical fiction, and Drood could be rightly categorized as a detective story, a bloody horror novel and historical fiction. It’s also a brick of a book, at nearly 800 pages.
If readers are into epic sagas à la John Jakes’ North and South trilogy, they can’t go wrong with Ken Follett’s new Century Trilogy, starting with Fall of Giants, which came out nearly a year ago. (The paperback goes on sale on August 30.) The trilogy is about the intertwined fates of five families—American, English, German, Russian and Welsh—throughout the 20th century. Fall of Giants takes readers through World War I, the Russian Revolution and the struggle for women’s suffrage.
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