This is an ever evolving list of novels that I love, and authors I enjoy reading.
This only includes fiction, although I read a lot of other books too! You can also check out my reviews on BookBub here. If you like any of these books, you're likely to enjoy my work too!
Stephen King – The Stand. Probably my favorite book in terms of good vs evil. Plus The Shining, Doctor Sleep and others by King that veer towards the supernatural, rather than the purely horror angle.
James Rollins – Sigma series for some kick-ass fun (I love Seichan!) and The Sanguines series with Rebecca Cantrell for that supernatural edge
Mo Hayder – Jack Caffrey series
Dan Brown – The Da Vinci Code. The inspiration for my ARKANE thriller series.
Dean Koontz – In particular, the Jane Hawk conspiracy thriller series.
Chelsea Cain – Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series
J.A.Konrath – Origin. What do you expect if you keep Beelzebub in a bunker?
Jonathan Maberry – Joe Ledger series, Rot & Ruin,
Lauren Beukes – Broken Monsters
Scott Hawkins – The Library at Mount Char
Matthew Reilly – Fantastic action/adventure Scarecrow series.
Val McDermid – Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series
Preston & Child – Pendergast series, particularly the early, more supernatural ones like The Cabinet of Curiosities
James Michener – The Source. An incredible epic about Israel that continues to inspire me.
Michaelbrent Collings – The Deep and This Darkness Light.
Daniel Silva – Gabriel Allon series. Israeli secret agents, religious conspiracy and political thriller plots, plus art history and restoration.
Clive Barker – The Hellbound Heart
James Herbert – Dark , Ash
Barnaby Williams – Anno Domini. What if St Paul murdered Jesus? A particularly bloody retelling.
Lee Child – Jack Reacher series. I love a loner out for justice!
Michael Wallace – The Righteous Series. Polygamous Mormons out in the Utah desert tackle mysteries, murder and the apocalypse.
Jeremy Robinson – Jack Sigler series, SecondWorld. Non stop action with all kinds of monsters. Check out Island 731 and The Guardian.
Jonathan Holt – The Carnivia trilogy. Murder and mystery set in a darker Venice.
Daniel Suarez – Daemon, Freedom. Techno-thrillers with an edge of horror
Zoe Sharp – Charlie Fox thrillers. Kick ass female bodyguard solves mysteries and rights wrongs. Described as a female Jack Reacher.
Marcus Sakey – Brilliance series. 1% are born with special talents. Kind of X Men but more realistic!
Leigh Bardugo – Grisha series and Ninth House
Scott Sigler – Infected, Contagious, Pandemic. Michael Crichton-esque but with more horror as the world copes with an alien invasion that turns humans into all kinds of weird
Max Brooks – World War Z. I'm not usually one for zombie books, but this one is incredibly well written. Much better than the film!
Simon Toyne. Sanctus trilogy. What secret lies at the heart of Ruin?
Alan Baxter – Realmshift, MageSign. Dark fantasy with gods and demons and magic.
Martin Lastrapes – Inside the Outside. One girl copes with leaving a cannibal cult.
Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus
Frank Peretti – This Present Darkness. I read this as a teenager and the unseen supernatural battle of angels and demons influenced my imagination heavily. I see demons everywhere!
I'll keep adding to this over time. I read so much – these are just some of the books that stick in my mind and influence my own writing.