from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A very interesting, exciting, or suspenseful book, usually a novel: "The book is a page-turner” ( Frank Conroy).

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  • n. A written work, usually a novel, which is sufficiently interesting or suspenseful to keep the reader 'turning the pages'.


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  • It's that oft-cited but very rare species of novel we call a page-turner, and it brilliantly achieves this because Drvenkar knows how to use all the tools at his disposal, to excellent effect.

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  • I have to congratulate Ms. Allred - it's one of the few legal documents I can describe as a page-turner.

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  • ‘Love, Revenge & Buttered Scones’ – a real page-turner that will make you very happy.

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  • But if the story is good enough, it tells itself, and Frankel's in particular could be a page-turner.

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  • The story of a master builder with a dream of building a cathedral in England in the 12th century, it's a riveting page-turner for all of its 997 pages.

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  • Pretty much anybody can write a "page-turner" that has juicy scenes in bedrooms and dark alleys on every other page, but a super predictable plot, one-dimensional characters and names that sound like they came from soap operas or pornos make those books ultimately boring.

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  • A book about two sisters that juggles the present, the past, and a novel within a novel -- and is always a page-turner despite the deliberately fractured storytelling.

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  • Neither Mr. Robinson's trial nor the composition of his jury—nine whites, two blacks and one Native American—came up often in the Fayetteville hearing, which at times was more reminiscent of an introductory college statistics course than a John Grisham page-turner.

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  • You've now got a good reason to order those summer romance novels for your Labor Day trip to the beach: while you're in a lounge chair sifting through Emily Giffin's latest page-turner, a child somewhere also has a textbook or storybook in his or her hands, thanks to your purchase.

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  • After reading the page-turner Night of Demons, which released last week, I had a few questions for its author, Tony Richards.

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