T is for (Books About) Twists #atozchallenge

For A to Z 2018, my theme is Books About ____. If you’re stopping by from your own A to Z blog, feel free to leave a link. If you need help with how to do that, you can look here.

If you’re someone looking to read a lot of great blogs, here’s the link for the A to Z challenge.

It’s a challenge to do a book with a good twist. The author has to insert clues into the story so that it’s not out of nowhere, but be cagey enough to fool most people so that when the twist comes, their minds are blown. Here are some books with twists I didn’t see coming.

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (thriller): Show of hands, is there anyone who isn’t familiar with either the book or movie? Unreliable narrators have to be really well done for me to buy it, and with this one, I was fooled, in the best possible way. There were several twists in this book, and each one left me gasping. If you haven’t read it, I’d highly recommend it. Even if you know what happens, seeing it unfold in the book is masterful.

The Woman In the Window, by AJ Finn (thriller): I usually HATE books with the drunk main character who can’t remember what she did unreliable narrator. I only read it because my friend, Ramona, recommended it to me, and she has the skill of knowing what other people will like. This book seemed like exactly that book for the first half, and I was losing faith. After the big twist comes, I could literally not put this book down. My adulting ended for the day.

My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult (contemporary): Anna has been a donor for her sister Kate her entire life. Kate is diagnosed with leukemia, and Anna is a perfect match. When Kate needs a kidney, Anna refuses and gets a lawyer to petition for medical emancipation so she can make her own decisions about her body. The book presents some interesting ethical dilemmas (which I always love) and presents a series of thought-provoking twists at the end. This is a great discussion book.

The Westing Game, by Ellen Rankin (YA): My teacher read this to our 6th grade class, and because the main character, Turtle Wexler, liked to kick boys, I somehow got the nickname “Turtle.” It didn’t stick, but it’s the reason I now collect turtles. It’s a mystery about Mr. Westing, a rich man who died and left his fortune to whoever can solve his riddle. I remember being shocked by the twist at the end.

What books with twists do you recommend?

7 comments on “T is for (Books About) Twists #atozchallenge

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Gone Girl I haven’t read, but I saw the movie and figured out the twist straight away. I hope the book was better – I wish I had read it first!
    https://iainkellywriting.com/2018/04/23/t-is-for-talinn-estonia/

  2. sizzlesue15 says:

    Oh yes, love, love, love Jodie Picoult and Gillian Flynn. I always remember being on a bus from New York to Boston and reading My Sister’s Keeper. I actually gasped aloud at the twist at the end of the book.

  3. A good twist always makes for a fun read. Weekends In Maine

  4. SeemaMisra says:

    John Grisham’s dedicated a whole book to this (A Twist in the Tale) and of Roald Dahl writes some great short stories with unexpected endings.

    Haven’t read any of the books listed here though. Will check out sometime.

    https://lonelycanopyblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/the-birdwatchers-house-in-thattekad-forest/

  5. The only one I have read in this lot is Gone Girl and I liked it though it wasnt too suprising in the end.

    http://namysaysso.com/blog/voice-ars-poetica-atoz2018/

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