I like to read. A lot. One of my favorite authors is Anne Rivers Siddons. A friend of mine introduced me to her books many years ago. I think the first one was called "Outer Banks"and I loved it. (Really! Not just because I needed to add the link, either.)
Her characters always come to life for me. I can usually relate to them in one way or another. They are real page-turners.. and when I have finished reading, I feel like I have left behind a friend.
Pick one up someday and see what I mean.