You know those books that you really can't put down - the ones that you read whenever you have a spare two minutes, even when you're walking down a crowded street.
They don't come around often, which is why you appreciate them so much when they do – and I would have taken The Testament Of Gideon Mack into the shower with me if I could.
And to think I probably wouldn't have picked it out in a bookshop had it not been for the very enthusiastic recommendation of a couple of friends.
I'm not very keen on Gothic novels and the blurb on the back of the book really didn't appeal to me – a non-believing church minister falls into a ravine while trying to rescue a dog and is saved from drowning by the Devil.
I suppose that tells you everything you need to know about not judging a book by its cover – and not very much about the book itself.
There's not much I can say without giving the story away, although
if you read the note to the publisher at the beginning of the book (which I didn't until I had finished it) you'll know the basic storyline
Sadly, the friend who gave me the tip-off about this book (as well as a couple of other crackers, of which more later) is now pregnant.
So I need to pump her for more recommendations quickly because what she doesn't realise is come October her brain will turn to mush and she won't pick up a book again for two years.