Just when you thought you had the novel sussed – wham, hello plot twist!
Good or bad, that’s your decision to make, but here are some examples of such books worth checking out of your local library.
- Big Little Lies — Lianne Moriarty
Okay, so plenty of people saw the mini-series with Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon but, as is often the case, the book is better. For one, it’s set in Australia not America. However, it’s the same upper-class mothers who battle out this domestic drama which will make your jaw drop (and probably make you cheer) at the end.
- We Were Liars — E. Lockhart
Technically this is a young adult novel but I have to admit I borrowed it from my daughter and loved it. Deservedly a winner of many awards, this book follows an incident which happened to Cady two summers ago. She’s grown distant from her close friends after a terrible accident. A twist you won’t see coming, I guarantee it.
- The Shadow of the Wind — Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Set in post-World War II Barcelona, this literary thriller centres around an obscure book discovered in a secret ‘cemetery of books’ in the heart of the city. The plot twist will blow your mind and possibly make you throw the book across the room!
- My Sister’s Keeper — Jodi Picoult
Most people would know this story or film although, frustratingly, they had different endings. Anna was conceived for the purpose of donating blood to her sick sister but she takes things into her own hands and sues her parents for the rights to her own body. What follows is truly shocking.
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd — Agatha Christie
A masterpiece and forerunner of the twist-at-the-end genre. In this classic novel, a man is murdered following his troubled wife’s overdose. If you’ve never read it, do yourself a favour. Although the style is dated now, you will read the ending at least twice to actually believe it.
- Gone Girl — Gillian Flynn
Sorry, but I found this “surprising” plot twist totally predictable. It’s a frustrating novel about a psychopath with no consequences but still, it was phenomenally successful so must have done something right. Read it just so you can say you have.
- Fingersmith — Sarah Waters
One of the great plot-twist novels. It lures you in as an apparent thriller about a young thief sent to help seduce a naive heiress out of her fortune. You think you can sense the twist, but believe me, you will never see it coming.
- Atonement — Ian McEwan
A bestseller and major movie, this novel impresses with its tragic interpretation of the power of imagination to overpower reality. Its premise is the long-reaching repercussions of a spontaneous bad decision, and it does it brilliantly.