Because I read a lot, I come by all different sorts of plot twists and story lines that tend to make every second book seem predictable. Whenever I am reading my mind will work overtime trying to figure out where the story is headed or what the characters might be hiding; which can be annoying – because more often than not I end up being right. I’m not saying that a good twist makes or breaks a book because of course there is so much more to it than that, but when an author catches me off guard I always appreciate it. It’s like listening to a beautiful piece of music and feeling as if nothing could ever top it, and then someone surprises you and you get those “feels” all over again.
So today I would like to share ten books that had plot twists I did not see coming…
FACADE BY NYRAE DAWN: Façade is book two in the Games series so we read about Adrian in Charade, since he was Colt’s room mate and friend. Adrian always seemed like an interesting character, with his wise advice and take on life. But on the other hand, with all the partying he did, it felt like he was trying to fill a void in his life which was strange because it didn’t match up. So when I finally read his story and the blank spaces of his character were filled in, it became much clearer why he was the way he was. My heart broke into a thousand pieces for him because that was how well Nyrae Dawn was able to capture his pain. Façade is a book about love, acceptance and forgiveness; but I think for me, most important of all, it is a book on finding redemption. This book was also one that punched my right in the gut, with it’s heartbreaking plot twist – one that I did not expect.
CONSOLATION BY CORINNE MICHAELS: Consolation is a book about Natalie, a young army wife grieving the loss of her husband. As she tries to make sense of what has happened, she finds comfort in her husband’s best friend, Liam; all the while discovering that the man she vowed to spend the rest of her life with was not at all who she thought he was. In this first book of the Consolation duet Corrine Michaels focuses on love, loss and betrayal in a beautiful and dignified manner. And just when we thought that all has been said and done, she hits us with a shocking revelation that will make your heart stop.
RUINING ME BY NICOLA REED: This is the first book in the Ruining Trilogy and definitely the most gut wrenching of the three. The story involves a love square with Jay Stevenson taking center stage. A girl who lost everything after a terrible betrayal ripped her from the perfect world she’s been living in. This book deals with difficult issues, and how people react in different ways in order to survive the best way they can. There is lots of drama that will give you plenty of opportunities to decide which party you will be rooting for, but be prepared because this book WILL blind side you and you will cry about the unfairness of it all!
LEAVING TIME BY JODI PICOULT: The story follows a girl named Jenna who is searching for answers to the mysterious disappearance of her mother, Alice, from the tranquil elephant sanctuary that she and her husband (Jenna’s father) managed more than a decade ago. Jenna forms an unlikely alliance with Virgil Stanhope, the detective who worked on the investigation at the time, and Serenity Jones, a medium for missing people. When I reached the end of the book my mind was left reeling. I felt disorientated and confused by what was revealed because it was so completely and utterly unexpected. Since reading this book I badgered two of my family members to read it too and they had the exact same experience as I did.
HOPELESS BY COLLEEN HOOVER: You know that out of body experience you get when you receive life changing news? It’s as if the world literally spins out of control and you need to grab hold of something to keep you grounded. That is exactly what I felt when I read this book. The rug was pulled out from under me and I felt so completely overwhelmed with emotion. Hopeless was a gut wrenching book for me to read because it dealt with such intense, and difficult, issues; which was carried out on point by two lovely characters. Colleen Hoover managed to pull everything together in this story flawlessly, and which makes it one of my most memorable books ever.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO BY STIEG LARSSON: Ok so I admit I read this one after having watched the movie, but I was still blindsided all the same; and I imagine if I had read it before the film adaption then I would have been even more shocked. This book took on a very dark and disturbing turn that I wasn’t expecting which is what makes it such a good thriller. I enjoyed the investigation and how the characters went about figuring out what really happened. The twist was so warped and cruel, and it blew me out of the water!
THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY BY KATJA MILLAY: This is one of my favourite books in the romance genre for a whole list of different reasons. And it is also one of the most intense, “angsty” romances I have ever read. The Sea of Tranquility is a book about loss – loss by death, loss of power, loss of freedom and control – and how people deal with the ripple effects caused by such losses. Katja Millay created fierce characters that I didn’t want to stop learning more about. Josh Bennet was a misunderstood, moody loner with an attitude that will make you want to crawl into the nearest hiding space. And then there was Nastya, who was desperately trying to avoid her own sky high pile of baggage. Because the book was written from both characters’ perspectives, it was easier to understand their situations and I felt connected to them emotionally; making it an even more intense reading experience. I enjoyed the plot immensely, but I have to say that what MADE this book for me was the ending. It was such a perfect, beautifully unexpected ending that tied the book together in the best possible way.
BIG LITTLE LIES BY LIANE MORIARTY: Liane Moriarty takes us on a journey following the lives of three women, each at a crossroads. And while we attempt to sort through the heap of scattered puzzle pieces that make up their lives, there is a murder investigation close to being solved. The author keeps you hooked right up until the very end – because you see, we are not only left wondering who the murderer could be; we are also trying to figure out who was murdered. Big Little Lies was such a unique story line because you are kept in the dark until the very end when everything is revealed. It was a fantastic combination of drama, suspense and mystery that I couldn’t really predict, since the author kept me so well distracted, trying to figure out what the blooming hell was going on. I don’t think I ever came across a book that had me scratching my head so much.
MY SISTER’S KEEPER BY JODI PICOULT
I think every person who loves Jodi Picoult, loves her because of this book. And honestly I can completely understand why that is. My Sister’s Keeper should never, under any circumstances, be compared to the movie because it just does not come close. When I think of plot twists this book will always spring to mind because it is, quite frankly, one of the best. I read this book years ago, but I can still remember that cold shiver crawling up my spine when I realised what was happening in the story. Seriously, I was so unprepared for the sh*t storm of emotion that awaited me.
THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS BY JOHN BOYNE: This is one of the more recent reads for me on this list, but also one of the most heartbreaking historical fiction books I’ve read. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is set during World War II and is told from an eight year old boy’s perspective. Going in, I KNEW this book was going to destroy me. I anticipated heartbreak and sadness because that is just the way with historical fiction novels based on tragic events. But I did not (and I cannot stress this enough) expect the ending at all. Once I got to the point of the twist I had mixed emotions because I felt it was inappropriate and carried out in bad taste. However, after processing what I read, I realised that this book may have been fictional, but there are countless stories (not only during the Holocaust) that were disturbing, unfair and completely inhumane that actually happened to people in reality. Reading something so terrible and tragic served as a reminder – because sometimes we don’t like facing the ugly truth, we feel uncomfortable looking at other’s suffering right in the eyes; but just because we don’t like it doesn’t mean that someone out there is not living it.
What books completely blindsided you?