7 books with twists that will make you throw the book across the room
There are few things we like better than this moment when you have to throw a book across the room because the plot was so good. Is that ‘I can’t believe this just happened’, ‘Oh my God, that makes so much sense now’, ‘I am mind blown ‘ moment that makes us fall in love with reading again.
But there are a lot of things that go into a truly mind-boggling plot twist; It has to make sense – the authors can’t just add a twist for pure shock factor – it has to make sense when you re-read the book with the knowledge you now have. It also needs to make you rethink everything you think you know about the plot, characters, and world the book is set in. And finally, it has to make you scream “OH MY GOD” out loud – and we’ve lined up a few books to try this summer that do just that:
“Never let me go” Kazuo Ishiguro
I was not well for days after this book. This allows you to guess almost until the end and your stomach will fall under you. Probably one of the best twists ever written in my opinion.
Hailsham looks like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well cared for and supported, trained in art and literature, and are becoming exactly the kind of people the world wants them to be. But oddly, they are not taught anything about the outside world and they are allowed little contact with it.
In Hailsham’s compound, Kathy goes from schoolgirl to young woman, but it isn’t until she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the school’s safe grounds (as they always knew they did. would) make them realize the whole truth about what Hailsham is. .
Never let Me Go goes beyond the borders of the literary novel. It’s a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat vulnerable and different people in our society. Exploring themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.
Bridget Collins’ “Betrayals”
This book also has another mind-blowing moment that really makes you rethink every word said throughout the book. It makes you want to reread it immediately just to fully absorb it with the knowledge you have now. 10/10 twist that I did not see coming.
If everything in your life was based on a lie… would you risk everything to tell the truth?
In Montverre, an exclusive academy nestled in the mountains, the best and the brightest are trained for excellence in the big game: an arcane and mysterious competition. Léo Martin was once a student there but lost his passion for the big game following a violent tragedy. Now he’s coming back in disgrace, exiled to his former place of learning with his political career in tatters.
Montverre has changed since studying there, allowing even a woman, Claire Dryden, to serve in the highest office of Magister Ludi’s great game. When Leo first sees Claire, he feels a strange connection with her, although he’s sure they’ve never met before.
Leo and Claire have built their lives on lies. And as the legendary Midsummer Game, the highlight of the year, draws closer, secrets are whispered in the walls …
“Madame” by Phoebe Wynne
This one is great for anyone who enjoys the dark aesthetic of academia. Inspired by that of Kazuo Ishiguro Never let Me Go, it also takes place in a school that has sinister vibes and a questionable teaching code… It will leave you speechless.
A modern and dark gothic tale, feminist, presented in a haunting setting and populated by an electrifying cast of heroines.
For 150 years, high above the Scottish rocky cliffs, Caldonbrae Hall has remained intact, a beacon of excellence in an ancient ancestral castle. Boarding school for girls, he promises that the young women who will have the chance to be admitted there will come out “resilient and ready to serve society”.
In her illustrious background, Rose Christie: a 26-year-old classics teacher, the new head of the Caldonbrae department and the school’s first hire in over a decade. At first, Rose is upset to be invited to this institution whose prestige is unparalleled. But she quickly discovers that behind the elitist veneer of the school hides an impenetrable traditional culture that she struggles to reconcile with her modernist beliefs, not to mention her commitment to educating “girls for the future”.
It also doesn’t take Rose long to suspect that there is more to the secret circumstances surrounding the abrupt departure of her predecessor – a woman whose ghost lingers everywhere – than anyone is willing to say. In her search for this mysterious former teacher, Rose instead discovers the darkness that paces at the heart of Caldonbrae, forcing her to confront the true scale of the school’s infamous purpose and her own role in perpetuating it.
“The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood
This one has several twists and turns that will allow you to keep an eye out for seemingly harmless little details throughout – as we know with Atwood, no detail is unimportant and this book is a “will’ (sorry about that.
When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what awaited him: freedom, prison, or death.
With Wills, the wait is over.
The Margaret Atwood sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the exploding wills of three female narrators from Gilead.
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers questions that have titillated readers for decades.
“Dear readers, everything you asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we live in.” –Margaret Atwood
“Where Crayfish Sing” by Delia Owens
Again, if you haven’t yet discovered this recent bestseller, then don’t wait any longer and deprive yourself of this amazing book.
For years rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a peaceful fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So, at the end of 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews was found dead, the locals immediately suspected her.
But Kya is not what they say. A naturalist born with just one day of school, she takes lessons from the life of the earth, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of the fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she longs to be touched and loved. Attracted by two young men from the city, who are each intrigued by her rugged beauty, Kya opens up to a new and surprising world, until the unthinkable happens.
In Where the crayfish sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world with a deep coming-of-age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise and deeply moving, Owens’ debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within, while also being subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman who, like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. Clues to the mystery are swept through the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.
“The Benefits of Being a Wallpaper” by Stephen Chbosky
Incredibly heartbreaking, but another twist that explains a lot when we finally get there. Not as “Oh My God” as the others, because it’s sadder, but still a very “Ooooh I get it” moment that can be really satisfying.
Being on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a point to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity versus passion marks the astonishing debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction.
It’s the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run away from it, sets him on a strange journey through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed bands, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all you need is that perfect song about that perfect urge to feel endless.
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply touching coming-of-age story, a powerful romance that will take you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë
A classic for a reason, I have to imagine that Jane Eyre’s turn shocked 18th century audiences just as much as it shocked modern readers. A twist that has inspired an entire derivative novel (read ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys after), it will keep you going until the end.
Orphaned in her childhood, Jane felt excluded her whole young life. Her courage is tested again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding and proud Edward Rochester to care for her ward Adele. Jane is drawn to her troubled but kind spirit. She falls in love. Difficult.
But there is a terrifying secret inside the dark and intimidating Thornfield Hall. Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be heartbroken and be exiled again? And what are the dark presences lurking around Thornfield Hall?