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The Shadow of the Wind by Carols Ruiz Zafón

For more beautiful storytelling full of twists and turns, try these…

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton for a literary murder mystery packed full of complex character, motives and secrets.

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett for a mystery involving an antique bookshop and mysterious paintings.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield for intertwined stories of hidden family secrets about bookshops and novelists. 

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks for a reverse chronological story about a book conservator exploring the history of a Jewish illuminated text.

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A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter

For more feverish love stories with unusual narration, try these… 

The Lover by Marguerite Duras for a lyrical and intensely erotic coming of age story that tangles identity and desire.

Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill for gritty stories about city life and the various, often less than entirely savory shapes that intimacy takes.

The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst for a blisteringly vivid portrait of a tutor’s obsession with his young charge.

Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer for a romance born and sustained through exceedingly lovely letters between two writers.

This post was guest edited by Caroline Eisenmann. Caroline works at a literary agency in New York. You can find her on Twitter here.

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

For more inventive and exciting adventure stories, try these…

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne for another epic journey.

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman for an alternate world of adventure and wonder.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl for the excitement of exploring a new world.

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell for a city explored from a different perspective.

The post was guest edited by author Kenneth Oppel. His latest novel, The Boundless, is out now. Follow him on Twitter here.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

For more creepy stories and creative storytelling…

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson for a perfectly formed and utterly chilling story of family secrets. 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness for the story a boy who is visited by a monster every night told in words and haunting illustrations.

In the Shadow of the Blackbirds by Cat Winters for another book that uses unsettling photos to tell a historical ghost story. 

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly for a very dark fairy tale.

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American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

For more unhinged narrators with disturbing stories to tell, try these…

Tampa by Alissa Nutting for the bold, unflinching portrait of a young female teacher bent on seducing a 14-year old boy.

The Deep Whatsis by Peter Mattei for a dark satire that does for the modern marketing agency what American Psycho did for ‘80s Wall Street.

The Death of Bunny Monro by Nick Cave for the twisted, hilarious, sex-fueled adventures of a door-to-door salesman in the South of England.

The Room by Hubert Selby Jr. for a journey into the mind of a killer, and the sick fantasies of heroism and murder he imagines.

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