I devoured A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne as if the pages were made of dark chocolate sea salt caramel. It is a terrifically-conceived and masterfully-executed psychological thriller about a handsome and manipulative sociopath named Maurice Swift who wants to be a famous novelist. The problem, you see, is that Maurice has no imagination, so he has to steal his story ideas and he does this in the most twisted and depraved ways possible. Read this when you’re in the mood for an addictive, chilling satire of toxic ambition in the publishing world. It is Less by Andrew Sean Greer meets You by Caroline Kepnes. Best paired with seven pints of beer, two double whiskeys, a single malt and a glass of Baileys.