What are the best novels you have ever read in your life?
It is disturbing to me that I have only ever actually come across 5 or 6 novels that have absolutely grabbed me by the throat; as in I absolutely could not put them down and nothing else mattered except reading them. That’s how rare a truly gripping novel is (for me, anyway). Sure, there are many that are good, even great, but so rare is the discovery of that volume that dissolves away reality around you, and becomes with striking clarity the cause of your drawing breath.
As I writer myself (of Kit Cope Rides the High Country) I endeavour to write what I would like to see written and read myself, and also to the standard I feel fiction should strive to attain.
What are the novels that have grabbed you without letting go?