I have always been transported by a good thriller and, of late, I have taken to reading strange little literary nonfiction books about cod, screws, professors, and madmen. When I find a gripping historical fiction book—the best of both worlds—I can't seem to do anything else until I reach the last page.
The latest book to keep me up all night is Rebecca Stott's Ghostwalk, which delves into the shadowy world of Isaac Newton, alchemy, and Cambridge. Much like The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova or Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, the narrators are literary sleuths, tracking down truth through books and historical records. If you like a good thriller that doesn't involve a wise-cracking female private eye with legs down to there, I'd highly recommend these three.