3 Books that had me Hooked

gripping books to read

One of my goals at the start of 2019 was to get myself back into reading, and I’m happy to report that I’ve given it a good go and am on track with my goal I set for the year. I sadly fell out of  love with reading since leaving school when I used to be such a bookworm, so I feel so much more content now that I’m back flicking through the pages of new adventures. I never have a better nights sleep than after I lie in bed and ready a couple of chapters before calling it a night. Do you? If so, I’ve got a quick reviews for you of 3 gripping books to read that you need to add to your lists…

The One- John Marrs


I picked this one up after reading a great recommendation from Megan Ellaby, and straight away I was gripped. It’s a really unique read which follows the stories of 5 people who are set out to find ‘The One’. In a world where there is a new wave of online dating that matches you with your DNA to find your perfect partner, wherever they might be in the world. Each character finds themselves in a very different position, and how each of them deal with who they are destined to be with is very different. This book takes you across the world, through emotional turmoil, outright terror and utter shock. You will never predict the outcome of every twist and turn in every chapter of this one, it’s definitely one that I’m sure you will all love and I keep meaning to check out some more from John Marrs off the back of this.

gripping books to read

The Tattooist of Aushwitz- Heather Morris


I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been so fasciated by World War 1 & 2. We learn about what happened from a historical point of view, but it’s quite rare, other than with Anne Frank’s diary, to hear personal stories from the people who experienced the horror of this point in history. When I saw this book floating around I knew it was something I had to add to my list and that it would be an interesting read for me. I read it from cover to cover in about 3 days on holiday earlier this year, and I can tell you I was hooked to every word of the story that is told in this book. It’s so excruciatingly sad and un -believable that humans experienced this, and not even that long ago. It’s terrifying. I cried with pure sadness and also happiness at times, it really is an emotional ride this one, but such a powerful story reflecting a piece of history that should never be forgotten.

gripping books to read

The Couple Next Door- Shari Lapena


I haven’t read a book as fast as I read this in years. I honestly couldn’t put it down and read it back to front within a week (which is quick for me). It’s pretty much a ‘who done it’ kind of thriller that really doe keep you guessing until the very end. It’s one where you just don’t know what’s going to happen from chapter to chapter, even from page to page, seriously. I don’t want to say too much to give this one away, as the surprise elements is what really kept me hooked and made it interesting the whole way through for me.

There you have it, 3 gripping books to read that I would highly recommend out of the bunch I’ve ready in the past year or so. Let me know if you have nay other similar recommendations OR would be interested in see more book reviews over here.


K x