I love nothing better than feeling the sense of dread when I read—that creepy, crawly feeling that something is just not right. And then when you least expect it—BOOM, plot twist! Here are 12 books with mouth-watering plot twists. Some are thrillers, so their twists are expected (yet still oh so satisfying) and the others are from a wide range of genres, which make their twists even more delicious!

12 Books with Mouthwatering Twists

July 15, 2020

I love nothing better than feeling the sense of dread when I read—that creepy, crawly feeling that something is just not right. And then when you least expect it—BOOM, plot twist! Here are 12 books with mouth-watering plot twists. Some are thrillers, so their twists are expected (yet still oh so satisfying) and the others are from a wide range of genres, which make their twists even more delicious!

12 Books with Mouthwatering Twists

July 15, 2020

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I love nothing better than feeling the sense of dread when I read—that creepy, crawly feeling that something is just not right. And then when you least expect it—BOOM, plot twist! Here are 12 books with mouth-watering plot twists. Some are thrillers, so their twists are expected (yet still oh so satisfying) and the others are from a wide range of genres, which make their twists even more delicious!

I love nothing better than feeling the sense of dread when I get into a good book—that creepy-crawly feeling that something is just not right. And then when you least expect it—BOOM, plot twist!

Here are 12 books with mouthwatering plot twists. Some are thrillers, so their twists are expected (yet still oh so satisfying) and the others are from a wide range of genres, which make their twists even more delicious!

Just a heads up, this post contains affiliate links—that means I get a small commission of any sales made from the links below, but the price is the same for you whether you purchase via my link or directly from Amazon 🙂

1. Once Upon a River

AUTHOR: Diane Setterfield

GENRE: Historical Fiction

SUMMARY: In Once Upon a River, a little girl is found dead in the river at the advent of solstice. Just when everyone has accepted the terrible news, the little girl comes back to life.

This book follows the stories of multiple characters, their lives and aims all weaving in and out like (might I say it?) a river.

Everyone is enchanted by the little girl, wanting to take her into their homes and make her their own—and everyone has a different motivation for yearning so heavily for the girl.

The Vaughns, whose own little girl went missing from her bed two years prior, hold onto hope that this resurected little one is theirs, even though they have a sinking feeling it’s not her.

Lily, who is convinced it’s the ghost of her sister coming back to haunt her after what Lily had done.

The Armstrongs, who just found out about their oldest son’s daughter—their granddaughter—and believe this little girl might be their presumed missing grand daughter.

And Rita and Gaunt, two unnconnected people who find themselves pulled together thanks to the strange pull of the little girl.

Three little girls went missing in the river—and only one has been found. Who is she? Who does she belong to? And what happened to the other missing little girls?


2. A Woman is No Man

AUTHOR: Etaf Rum

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Family Saga

SUMMARY: In A Woman Is No Man, three generations of Arab-American women tell their story, something that’s never been done in their culture before.

Fareeda is the family matriarch, running the household in Brookyln, New York after she and her husband escape from their horrendous homeland. Fareeda is a stickler for tradition and reputation, making sure to let her new daughter-in-law Isra know how much she’s letting the family down by only bringing baby girls into the world and no boys.

Isra moves to Brooklyn from Palestine when she marries Fareeda’s son Adam in an arranged marriage. Eager at the idea of a new start in America and freedom to be her own person, Isra’s hopes are extinguished when she quickly discovers that America is not only just as suffocating as Palestine, but now she’s surrounded by strangers posing as family.

Deya, Isra’s daughter, has approached the age where she’s meeting with suitors, but despite her grandmother Fareeda’s urging, she objects to marriage and only wants to set her focus on college. When a mysterious stranger shows up looking for her, Deya begins to understand why she feels so rebellious and what her past memories really mean.


3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

AUTHOR: Taylor Jenkins Reid

GENRE: Historical Fiction | LGBTQ

SUMMARY: In The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Evelyn Hugo is a Hollywood legend, growing to the height of fame in the 1960s.

While Evelyn had a thriving and memorable career on camera, she was even more infamous for her personal life, especially, her seven husbands.

Now, retired and coming towards the end of her life, Evelyn contacts an unknown journalist, Monique, to author her biography—promising insights into her life she’s never granted to anyone before.

But the seemingly connectionless tie between Evelyn and Monique becomes more clear, and more significant, as Evelyn shares her untold story of heartbreak, hard lessons and forbidden love.


4. One of Us is Lying

AUTHOR: Karen M. McManus

GENRE: Young Adult Fiction | Psychological Thriller

SUMMARY: In One of Us is Lying, four students become murder suspects after a terrible incident in detention—a boy, Simon, dies from drinking water laced with peanut oil.

The circumstances of his death are strange to begin with, but the most vexing part is that all four of the other students in the room were the topic of Simon’s latest post on his infamous gossip app, the post scheduled to go out the next day.

As the investigation progresses, the Bayview Four, the nickname given to the accused, grow closer as they realize something’s not right—there’s definitely more to the story.

As their secrets start to reveal themselves, spiraling their lives and the investigation out of control, they realize their reputations are the least of their worries.


5. Where the Crawdads Sing

AUTHOR: Delia Owens

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: Where the Crawdads Sing is a coming-of-age story about a girl named Kya Clark who grows up in the marsh of North Carolina.

Left by her mother when she was only six, her brothers and sisters the years following, and then eventually her father, she has no choice but to figure out how to do life completely secluded and on her own.

Despite only going to school one day in her entire life, Kya is smart and sensitive. She has sharp insights about the world and people. She’s been abandoned, ridiculed, and on the receiving end of prejudices no one—especially a child—should have to endure, yet she’s still fascinated by life.

Kya is a brilliant character who will melt your heart. And just when you think you’re starting to understand her, she throws you for loop after loop.


6. We Were Liars

AUTHOR: E. Lockhart

GENRE: Young Adult Fiction | Psychological Thriller

SUMMARY: We Were Liars is the story of Cady, a very sad and damaged girl. She’s also very sick, forced to stay home, bedridden and in the dark, in order to deal with the debilitating headaches she’s been getting since that summer.

The story shuffles back and forth between Cady’s present day and a past summer spent in the Northeast with her family a few years before. Cady no longer partakes in her family’s decadent summers spent on their private island, her grandfather, her mother, and both of her aunts each with their own mansions.

As Cady’s story of that summer is told, we learn of her love for her cousins and a close family friend, the group deemed the “The Liars”.

During that summer, the Liars devise a plan to break down the grand rule of Cady’s grandfather. Except, the plan doesn’t go anything like they hoped. And worst of all—Cady can’t remember any of it.


7. Life of Pi

AUTHOR: Yann Martel

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: Life of Pi is the story of Pi Patel and how he survives 227 days in the middle of the ocean—stranded on a tiny life boat with just a Bengal tiger for company.

The book walks through Pi’s short, although rich, personal history, and we’re regaled with his deep thoughts on life, religion, and practicality.

Complete with an interesting plot, an extremely complex and likable character, and some heavy questions about life, Life of Pi will hook you from the very first page.


8. Sharp Objects

AUTHOR: Gillian Flynn

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

SUMMARY: In Sharp Objects, reporter Camille Preaker has been able to put her past behind her (almost) until she’s sent on a project that takes her right back to her haunting home town—to investigate the serial murders of two young girls.

As she dives deeper into the murders, her personal demons arise, leading her farther and farther into her tormented mind.

This book is a beyond chilling page-turner that will keep you guessing until the literal last page. Filled with complex and interesting characters, an engrossing story line, and expertly crafted twists, you won’t be able to put this one down.


9. The Thirteenth Tale

AUTHOR: Diane Setterfield

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: In The Thirteenth Tale, Margaret is commissioned to write the biography of reclusive author Vida Winter who’s books are famous and loved world wide.

In addition to her genius storytelling, Vida is also known for her habit of escaping the truth—she’s never given a truthful interview, always making up grandiose stories of her personal history and never revealing a mere semblance of how she grew up.

But before Margaret starts her new assignment, she sets the tone—Vida must tell her the truth or Margaret won’t continue with the biography.

Shockingly, Vida agrees to the stipulations, and thus, takes Margaret down her long and sordid history of betrayal, heartbreak, and circumstance as she shares a tale of true survival.


10. The Woman in the Window

AUTHOR: A.J. Finn

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

SUMMARY: In The Woman in the Window, Anna Fox is an agoraphobe, unable to leave her house due to debilitating fear and anxiety of open places.

But Anna makes the best of her shut-in status. She drinks wine, reads books, is active in online chatrooms, watches movies, and spies on her neighbors, which has turned into her favorite pasttime.

But one day, she sees something she shouldn’t. And worse than that, she can’t do anything about it. As she starts to look deeper into the horrible crime she witnessed, she begins to doubt herself, thinking maybe nothing really happened after all and it was just the wine and the paranoia talking.


11. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

AUTHOR: Gail Honeyman

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of a girl who’s socially awkward, seemingly mediocre, and stuck in a life-sucking routine.

But as the book goes on, Eleanor starts to reveal her quippy and extremely witty personality and her strange—and very interesting—views on life and people.

Moved by the idea of potential love, Eleanor starts to break out of her routine. In doing so, she gains so much more than she could’ve ever anticipated. But shaking up her everyday routine also stirs up some of her past and brings it to the surface.

The characters in this story are incredibly crafted and multi-dimensional and the pace and the anticipation of the impending storyline are just as amazing!


12. The Night Tiger

AUTHOR: Yangsze Choo

GENRE: Historical Fiction

SUMMARY: In The Night Tiger, the lives of Ji Lin and Ren are strangely connected and intertwined by a seemingly enchanted severed finger.

Ji Lin is a seamstress apprentice, secretly moonlighting as a dance hall girl.

Ren is an eleven-year-old orphan who just lost his former master, and the closest thing to family he had.

On his death bed, Ren’s master made him promise he would track down his long-lost finger and bury it with him. Ren agreed in earnest, believing the ancient legend that a soul will wander the earth forever if its body is not buried whole.

Ji Lin comes across the finger after a dance hall patron accidentally lets it slip from his possession.

In Ren’s attempt to find the finger, and Ji Lin’s attempt to get rid of it, they finally cross paths, realizing that the other might have the answers they need.

Dealing with the pangs of mourning, family shame and a prowling man-eating tiger, Ji Lin and Ren’s paths are like a train hurtling much too quickly into the unknown.


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MY NAME'S KELSEY AND I'M A BOOK SLUT

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