20 Recent Books That Will Hook You from Page One

Posted by Cybil on May 11, 2017
Readers can be patient people, but sometimes we want a book that grabs us right from the start—a story that'll have us flipping pages after only a few moments of bookstore browsing or ereader previewing.

We asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's a recently published book (from the last five years) that hooked you from the first page? Check out the books that received the most shout-outs below!


The Woman in Cabin 10
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The Stranger in the Woods
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The Nightingale
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The Girl with All the Gifts
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Station Eleven
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When Breath Becomes Air
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The Upside of Unrequited
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Exit West
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Lincoln in the Bardo
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Dark Matter
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Truly Madly Guilty
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Hillbilly Elegy
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Behind Her Eyes
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The Fireman
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News of the World
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A Brief History of Seven Killings
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Mississippi Blood
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A Darker Shade of Magic
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Underground Railroad
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A Court of Mist and Fury
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Did the books that hooked you not make the list? Don't keep them to yourself—share the titles with us in the comments!

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message 1: by Henrik (new)

Henrik Blunck Calendar Girl: Volume OneCalendar Girl: Volume TwoCalendar Girl: Volume ThreeCalendar Girl: Volume Four would definitely be my recommendations. Audrey Carlan is simply a genius, and well worth recommending. :-)


message 2: by Laura (new)

Laura Shelter by Jung Yun


message 3: by Leslynn (new)


message 4: by HONORAH (new)

HONORAH The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
This novel by Hannah Tinti should definitely be on this list!


message 6: by Bookfan (new)

Bookfan Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter.


message 7: by Dolly (new)

Dolly ONE TRUE THING, by Anna Quindlen. 4.6 stars. Describes the relationship between a mother dying of cancer and her daughter who comes home to care for her. After the mother's death, the daughter is accused of a mercy killing. Moving.

THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. 5 stars. A delightful little book. What I like to call "A palate cleanser." It clears the mind.

IDAHO, by Emily Ruskovich. 5 stars. This beautifully-written story grabs you from the first chapter.


message 8: by Amber (new)

Amber LaRussa It ends with us by Colleen Hoover


message 9: by Judy (new)

Judy The Golden Hour by T. Greenwood. Captivating throughout.


message 10: by Elyse (new)

Elyse I've read 2, Dark Matter and A Darker Shade of Magic and the rest are in my TBR. I can't think of any off the top of my head.


message 11: by Mariah Roze (new)

Mariah Roze I want to read all of theseeeee~


message 12: by Jimena (new)

Jimena Rodríguez Amber wrote: "It ends with us by Colleen Hoover"
I agree!!


message 13: by Dolly (new)

Dolly Leslynn wrote: "A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman"
I loved A MAN CALLED OVE also. It was my first introduction to Fredrik Backman's writing and I've read several more since. I loved "Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer."


message 14: by Ulla (new)

Ulla I was attracted by the beautiful cover, started reading and very soon I knew that I needed this book: The Fairy Wren by Ashley Capes, who has become my favourite author. Everything he writes is so awesome. Check it out!


message 15: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Golding Have to add: the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime: It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs.
Shears's house. Its eyes were closed. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they
think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead


message 16: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Buhler-Rice News of the World didn't keep me wanting to read in the first 20 pages or so, and I knew others at the library were on hold for it, so I let it go.


message 18: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Golding Dolly wrote: "Leslynn wrote: "A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman"
I loved A MAN CALLED OVE also. It was my first introduction to Fredrik Backman's writing and I've read several more since. I loved "Every Mor..."


Beartown was excellent!


message 19: by Alejandra (new)

Alejandra I enjoyed Station Eleven so much. The way it weaves its characters stories and makes you realize all the things we take for granted takes apocalyptic narrative to a whole new level.


message 20: by Dolly (new)

Dolly Wendy wrote: "Dolly wrote: "Leslynn wrote: "A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman"
I loved A MAN CALLED OVE also. It was my first introduction to Fredrik Backman's writing and I've read several more since. I lo..."

Good. I'm looking forward to reading Bear Town.


message 21: by Ana (new)

Ana Vizentim Amber wrote: "It ends with us by Colleen Hoover"

Totally agree.


message 22: by Megan (new)

Megan The Clockwork Scarab
A Study in Charlotte
The Finisher
Grave Mercy
The Glass Sentence
The First Dragon (the only one on this list that technically isn't the first book in a series)


message 24: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez The Help The Help The Reader The Reader Memoirs of a Geisha Memoirs of a Geisha The StorytellerThe Storyteller Handle with Care Handle with Care Homegoing Homegoing Tree Magic Tree Magic Imzadi Imzadi Small Great Things Small Great Things The horse whispererThe Horse Whisperer So many books hook me!


message 25: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Payne Small, Great Things by Jodi Picoult


message 26: by Mary (new)

Mary Stenvall Shady Cross by James Hankin
Hot Storage by Mary Mead
The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale
The Painted House by John Grisham


message 27: by Katt_goddess (new)

Katt_goddess Vaguely surprised that 'Ready Player One' by Ernest Cline didn't make the cut or get mentioned yet considering how hard it was to even get when it first came out. Brain candy palate cleanser but it just sucked me right in. I had to leave it at home when I went to work just so I wouldn't be crabby that it was right there but I couldn't touch it. :D


message 28: by Suzy (new)

Suzy Espersen Hala Japer: The Flying Carpet to Baghdad
Judy Allen: December Flower


message 29: by Alana (new)

Alana Katt_goddess wrote: "Vaguely surprised that 'Ready Player One' by Ernest Cline didn't make the cut or get mentioned yet considering how hard it was to even get when it first came out. Brain candy palate cleanser but it..."

Yes!


message 30: by Ranee (new)

Ranee Babu The Trails of Apollo by Rick Riordan


message 31: by Michele (new)

Michele Surprised that this one wasn't on the list

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr by Anthony Doerr


message 32: by Fatoni (new)

Fatoni M Latest book from Fredrik Backman catch my atention in its first paragraph

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

And also book from an Indoensian writer, Eka Kurniawan:

Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan


message 33: by Yodi (new)

Yodi The Book Thief should be on the list


message 34: by [deleted user] (new)

Yodi wrote: "The Book Thief should be on the list"
YES!!!


message 35: by MC (new)

MC I totally agree with Dark Matter. first few pages and it grabs your attention instantly.


message 36: by Lucia (new)

Lucia Red Rising sucked me right in after 1st page and I couldn't put it down.
Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) by Pierce Brown


message 37: by Hilary (last edited May 12, 2017 03:41AM) (new)

Hilary Smith Loved Station Eleven. Would also add Days are Like Grass Days are Like Grass Days are Like Grass by Sue Younger


message 38: by Manisha (new)

Manisha Nagpal Gone Girl This should be on the list


message 40: by Elisabeth (new)

Elisabeth I picked "a brief history of seven killings" for my book club last year. It has now made our book club history as the only book that not one single member could finish - it was that terrible.... nothing else to say.


message 41: by Arni (new)

Arni I HIGHLY recommend a court of thorns and roses before you read a court of wings and fury. They are so damn good!


message 42: by Bbgirl28 (new)

Bbgirl28 Honestly, the entire 'Shades of Magic' series by V.E Schwab is soooooo addictive!


message 43: by Michael (last edited May 12, 2017 07:54AM) (new)

Michael The Martian by Andy Weir is definitely a book that grabs you from page 1 and doesn't let you go until you cross "the end."


message 44: by Del (new)

Del Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. From the first page I knew it was gonna be a cracker.

Station Eleven was something a bit special, right from the word go.


message 45: by Darlene (new)

Darlene If you enjoyed The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware , then you would love this one: Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard


message 46: by Miranda Lewis (new)

Miranda Lewis The Big Stone Gap Collection by Adriana Trigiani


message 47: by Eule (new)

Eule Luftschloss The first Gormenghast novel by Mervyn Peake, though that was more a matter of his writing style than suspension.


message 48: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Vicious by V,E Scwhab


message 49: by Leslynn (new)

Leslynn Dolly wrote: "Leslynn wrote: "A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman"
I loved A MAN CALLED OVE also. It was my first introduction to Fredrik Backman's writing and I've read several more since. I loved "Every Mor..."


Fantastic to hear -- I'm hoping to read all of his works this year!


message 50: by Meena (new)

Meena Lewellen Greg wrote: "Red Sister"

Agreed


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