I thought I was the only one who didn’t read this because I had to! I adore this book. It’s flawless. In the spirit of not ruining the plot, I won’t give details, but it’s a page-turner from beginning to end. I usually read it once a year or so; sometimes more if I have the time.
Anything by Michael Connelly is terrific. He writes detective novels, usually starring Harry Bosch, and they drive me crazy. Years of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys have given me excellent detective skills - most of the time I solve a mystery novel 150 pages into it. But Connelly always surprises the hell out of me. My favorite of his is “The Poet,” a non-Bosch novel. I was floored by the ending. It’s gruesome and thrilling.
Steven Barnes is excellent too. I recommend “Blood Brothers” and “Iron Shadows”; I’m almost done the latter right now. Kind of creepy, widely varying plots.
Gloria Naylor has the incredible talent to tell beautiful stories that are page-turners as well. She never compromises her characters or the vivid imagery, but her books grab you by the throat and you just can’t put them down. “Mama Day” is my favorite, and “Bailey’s Cafe” is great too.
Tami Hoag writes terribly gruesome, realistic, scary books, and they also have the romance angle too. In between serial rapists and decapitated corpses, society princess Laural is ravaged in a different way by the studly, handsome loner from the wrong side of the tracks. Usually the romantic stuff is only 10% of the plot, though, and I usually know who did it within 100 pages or so. But her books are definitely page-turners.
And finally, Dean Koontz is excellent at the thriller/page-turner genre, but he’s an acquired taste. “Intensity” is a good example of this; if you like it, read some more. The whole time I was screaming “What the fuck are you doing!” to the main character, but I could not walk away from it, even though I was scared to walk in my basement for weeks after.
Hope that helps!