Books With Twists

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 

The Twist:

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.

Gone Girl 

The Twist:

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

The Twist:

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 Twist:

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 Twist:

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.

Ender’s Game

The Twist:

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.

Shutter Island

The Twist:

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).


Does anyone else like plot twists? Which is your favourite? Can you recommend any books with plot twists?

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About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

Posted on 01/30/2016, in authors, books, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I love plot twists!!! You should check out the Red Rising trilogy, because YOU CAN TRUST NO ONE! It’s amazing!

    • I’ve read the first Red Rising book. I enjoyed it but I was expecting more after all the hype. I will check out the sequels at some point. Thanks for the recommendation and for stopping by at the blog.

  2. I agree with the Ender’s Game one! I watched the movie as well. Did not see it coming at all! Really liked that movie to be honest, but I haven’t read the book. And the Harry Potter twist. When I first read the last book, wow.

    Really great post! I love unpredictable twists too.

  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I do so enjoy an excellent mind-boggling plot twist too. :’) It’s a ridiculously good feeling to have a book totally WHAM a plot twist into you, right?! Oh oh and you must read Ender’s Game! The book is MARVELLOUS. (Better than the movie, although the movie is super good too. ;D)

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