12 Books That Will Make You Stay Up Late Reading

12 Books That Will Make You Stay Up Late Reading

Ever have one of these nights?

7:00 P.M. Alright! Can’t wait to start the new book I picked up today.

8:00 P.M. I love the writing style and story, one more chapter to see where the author is heading.

9:00 P.M. What!? I didn’t see that coming! How is this going to get resolved?

12:00 A.M. (Yawn), I didn’t mean to stay up late to finish it, but I just couldn’t put it down.

When you pick up a really good book to read before bed, it can be hard to find a stopping point. One chapter becomes, two, becomes ten, until you get to the end of the book, only to realize that you’ve passed your bedtime long ago. 

These twelve books will keep you up past your bedtime and are worth feeling groggy the next day at work. 

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is in Paris when late one evening he gets a phone call that the curator of the Louvre was murdered. The curator is found with odd symbols all over his body sending Langdon on a puzzle-solving adventure with French cryptologist Sophie Neveu. The chapters are short, with enough plot twists holding your attention until the last sentence. 

Watchers by Dean Koontz

Travis Cornell is out for a hike enjoying his thirty-sixth birthday. Lost in his thoughts and feeling lonely he soon comes across a dog that’s all alone on the path too. For some reason, the dog won’t let him continue on his hike. Only the mind of best-selling author Dean Koontz can keep you guessing in this thrilling novel.

The Switch by Sandra Brown

Melina suggests to her twin sister, Gillian, to take her place as an escort to an astronaut. Gillian refuses but somehow winds up dead. Now Melina wants answers and to find out who killed her sister. Talk about an electrifying mind-boggling novel! Both suspenseful with a touch of romance, The Switch will keep you up at night

The Reckoning by John Grisham

Decorated World War II hero, Pete Banning, is your ideal citizen. He is a faithful churchgoer, father, son, and farmer. So when Pete goes into town one day and commits a horrible crime, nobody can make sense of it. A family saga and murder mystery all balled up into one 432-page book!

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo Blacklock is a journalist for a travel magazine who is sent on an assignment that lands her on a cruise ship. Everything is going great on Lo’s trip; the food is exquisite, the guests are amiable, and the cabins are beautiful. When Lo sees a woman thrown overboard, her trip changes and things go spiraling out of control. If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie, you’ll enjoy The Woman in Cabin 10.

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Nicolette Farrell returns to her home town after being away for years, bringing up old memories of her childhood friend who somehow disappeared. Shortly after she arrives, her neighbor goes missing opening up stories Nicolette never knew about her neighbors, friends, and family members. The fact that it is told in reverse keeps you on your toes wanting to find out how it will all end.

Prey by Michael Crichton

In a laboratory in the Nevada desert, an experiment goes wrong releasing a cloud of nanoparticles-micro-robots. These particles quickly become self-sustaining, intelligent, and are reproducing in mass quantities by the second. Will scientist be able to kill it or will society be at risk of extinction. You’ll just have to keep reading to find out!

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

You’ll want the Audible version of The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. Two comedians and husband and wife Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally will have you in stitches. The two talk about their careers, and anecdotes from their life in a fun conversational style.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Connect with the past and the traditions of ancient womanhood in the international best-seller The Red Tent. The story is told from the perspective of Dinah, a person from the Bible, and the four wives of Jacob. The story creates an intimate connection with the past that you’ll want to stay up for.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Pet Sematary is probably the scariest book Stephen King has ever written. A young family from Boston moves out of the city and into rural Main to live a less hectic life. Husband and father Dr. Louis Creed finds out that his new property has a makeshift graveyard on it that for centuries, people used to bury their pets. But there is more to that graveyard that meets the eye, and the terrifying truth will have you sleeping with the light on for the next few days.

Kill the Messenger by Tami Hoag

In a city fueled by greed, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last stop to make for the evening for his sleazy lawyer boss. All of a sudden, he is nearly hit by a car, chased, and shot at. Clearly, someone wants whatever it is he is set to deliver. When he returns back to the office, his boss is dead, and he is the prime suspect. Keep reading if you dare, author Tami Hoag’s writing will have you up all night enjoying this fantastic thriller!

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Queen of supernatural and paranormal books Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire is the first book in the Vampire Chronicles. Once you read one, you’ll want to read them all. Book one is a chilling, thought-provoking tale that is both beautiful and unnerving at the same time. A suspense novel that only Rice herself could write.


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