Monthly Archives: January 2016
Posted by Sam Whitehouse
Unpredictable books are the best kind of books. Being able to see where the plot is going, what’s going to happen, when its going to happen, takes a lot of enjoyment out of reading.
I’ve always liked movies with twists, and books are no different. Some authors can turn everything you thought and expected on its head. It’s a skill I’ve always wanted and try to work into my own writing.
Below are a few books with some awesome twists that I (mostly) didn’t see coming.
Warning SPOILERS follow. If you haven’t read some of these books, skip or look away… And apologies in advance if I ruin anything for anyone.
The Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter is a Horcrux.
After six books, the reason why Harry and Voldemort are enemies is revealed. Rowling pulls of some of the best foreshadowing and intricate plotting I’ve come across, planting clues right from the start in Philosopher’s Stone.
Amy’s diaries are a lie.
The biggest twist in Gone Girl is how twisted the characters is, and how twisted Gillian Flynn’s imagination is. But the reveal that Amy diaries are a lie is a punch in the gut.
Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant
Mara and Samantha are the same character.
Michael Grant’s plots are always unpredictable, but Messenger of Fear is a lean, gripping read with an awesome final twist. If you haven’t read this one yet, check it out.
We Were Liars
The main character’s friends are dead.
Ever since the Sixth Sense, this twist hasn’t been original, but it works well in this book. I’m not a big fan of this book, but it was well-written and plotted.
Before I Go to Sleep
The main character’s husband isn’t her husband.
I guessed this one less than halfway through, but the novel itself is still a twisted, unpredictable read. Using a main character who can’t make new memories is an awesome idea.
It wasn’t a game.
I haven’t read the book yet, but I’ve seen the movie, and I didn’t see the ending coming. I may check out this series soon.
The main character is not a cop, but an inmate from the asylum.
Maybe a lot of people saw this ending coming, maybe I should’ve seen it coming, but I didn’t.
There are a lot more books with awesome twists, and this post could go on for a long time. But a few other authors who always deliver unpredictable plots include Harlan Coben (Tell No One, Six Years, The Stranger), Linwood Barclay (Trust Your Eyes, A Tap on The Window) and Gregg Hurwitz (The Crime Writer–check this out if you’re a writer, Trust No One, You’re Next).