When you're on the hunt for a new read, sometimes it's best to simply follow the crowd. In fact, choosing from the addictive books with a cult-following on Amazon means you're almost certain to find a new favorite story. These books, with thousands of highly positive reviews, are some of the most-liked reads out there today.
Thrillers, mysteries, historical accounts, and romances alike all make up Amazon's collection of most-loved books. This group includes major bestsellers as well as some quieter successes. But this diverse list of books all has one thing in common, and that's their devoted fanbase.
Not surprisingly, popular series such as Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Divergent, and of course Fifty Shades take top spots for most-reviewed books that are customer favorites. On this list, you'll find standalone reads (for the most part) from a variety of genres that all struck a nerve with Amazon's readers. Some of these highly reviewed books may surprise you, because they aren't all by big name bestselling authors, but others are, for good reason. Either way, you will not regret bringing any of these addictive books onto your next vacation, or even into bed with you tonight. And once you've turned the last page, you'll be tempted to add your review to the chorus as well.
1. 'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah
What was life like for the women who had to survive Nazi-occupied France in the early 1940s? As The Nightingale shows, they faced impossible choices when it came to living alongside the enemy. Follow the Mauriac sisters as they face heartache and love in the face of war. As the 34,000+ positive reviews reveal, the women's war was filled with tragedy and triumph.
2. 'The Fault In Our Stars' by John Green
In turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and all too human, this story has gripped countless readers. What happens when a young woman with terminal cancer finds love at a cancer support group for adolescents? It's a study of young love in the face of mortality.
3. 'Unbroken' by Lauren Hillenbrand
Set during World War II, this nonfiction account follows the story of lieutenant Louis Zamperini, whose plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 1943. The former Olympic runner was left adrift at sea for days on end, struggling for survival. But when help comes in the form of entry into the Japanese POW camp network, Zamperini's survival skills continue to be tested.
4. 'Orphan Train' by Christina Baker Kline
This novel delves into a little-known part of America's past. When foster teen Molly decides to help the elderly Vivian sort out her attic, the two women learn they have a lot in common. As a young girl, Vivian was orphaned in New York City and put aboard the orphan train to the midwest, where her fate was left to chance.
5. 'The Girl On The Train' by Paula Hawkins
This wildly popular thriller reveals the dark secrets of a small suburban town. But is the narrator really unreliable, or is she the only one seeing a complex situation clearly? The 58,000+ reviewers couldn't wait to find out either.
6. 'Sycamore Row' by John Grisham
Returning to the world of A Time to Kill some 25 years later, Grisham proves he's still a masterful American storyteller. This novel brings the author back to the stories he does best, by showcasing a controversial trial in a small southern town. As the over 19,000 reviews on Amazon prove, the story of a man who wildly changes his will just prior to committing suicide is a thrilling one.
7. 'The Husband's Secret' by Liane Moriarty
In this story from the author of Big Little Lies, the character Cecelia discovers her husband's secret in a letter she's supposed to receive only in the event of his death. Unfortunately for everyone involved, he is still alive. What she learns makes everything about her seemingly perfect life come into question.
8. 'Yellow Crocus' by Laila Ibrahim
A work of Antebellum historical fiction, this story follows the relationship between Lisbeth, a well-to-do girl, and her enslaved wet nurse, Mattie. It looks at the difference between life in the slave quarters and life in Lisbeth's privileged but lonely world.
9. 'Wonder' by R. J. Palacio
Born with a distinct facial deformity, the character August Pullman wants to be treated like any other kid. But as he and his community learn, some people were born to stand out. This charming kid's book has inspired a 4.9 average review on Amazon, with over 11,000 people voicing their love for the story.
10. 'The Dead Key' by D. M. Pulley
An abandoned bank holds plenty of terrible secrets in its lock boxes for twenty years, at least until the character Iris Latch begins examining the abandoned bank during a renovation project. The secrets she uncovers are dark and astonishing. In this mystery, an abandoned Ohio bank holds far more than just empty offices.
11. 'When I Found You' by Catherine Ryan Hyde
On a hunting trip one morning, the character Nathan happens across an infant who's been abandoned in the woods. After locating the child's grandmother, Nathan promises to see the kid again one day. But Nathan gets more than he bargains for when the child turns up on his doorstep fifteen years later, a troubled delinquent in need of care.
12. 'Defending Jacob' by William Landay
If you're into legal thrillers, then this bestselling novel is sure to grab your attention. Defending Jacob follows the fallout that occurs when an assistant district attorney's fourteen-year-old son is accused of murder. How can the father cope when every sign points toward his son's guilt?
13. 'Wreckage' by Emily Bleeker
On the surface, the characters Lillian Linden and Dave Hall seem like the world's luckiest survivors when they're rescued from a deserted island after missing for two years. But the stories they tell about the plane crash that landed them on the island don't always ring true. Can the journalist Genevieve Randall get to the real story behind the lies?
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