Twisty Stories Where You Won’t Guess the Ending…

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After finishing up the Impossible Times trilogy, I felt like sharing some more books with UNEXPECTED and EPIC endings! Don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers, but these are some of the most twisty books I’ve ever read:

we were liars

We Were Liars– I have to admit, I was lulled into thinking the BIG TWIST had happened. When it comes- *oof*- it hits you right in the gut. Annnd I won’t say anymore for fear of ruining it… Another one I can’t talk much about…

poison chris wooding

Poison– one of the *best* things about Wooding’s fairy tale is how unexpected the twists are. It’s such a fresh and interesting and unique tale! (in fact, I’d argue there’s still nothing else like it, even though this is over 15 years old at this point!)

evelyn hardcastle

The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle- gotta say this Groundhog Day murder mystery is pretty darn unusual. Even better, this is the kind of book where the conclusion really makes the whole story! I for one never could’ve guessed where this was heading.

death of mrs westaway

Death of Mrs Westaway- what’s funny is I came close to guessing the outcome here, yet the author tricked me into thinking I’d got it wrong. Well played, Ware. Speaking of killer mysteries…

murder-on-the-orient-express-agatha-christie

Murder on the Orient Express– of course, this list would have been incomplete without Christie! And, as anyone who’s read her work knows, her endings are to die for!

the young elites

The Young Elites– this has a very different kind of heart-stopping ending. Most impressive though is how it takes the series a completely thrilling and different direction.

thief

The Thief– I really enjoyed this super-smart first instalment in the Queen’s Thief series. I did guess a few of the twists, but I still didn’t get everything and, in this case, I felt a supreme sense of satisfaction seeing how it all comes together.

six of crows

Six of Crows– another super twisty series is the Six of Crows duology. And while the series ender is *emotional* I had to pick this cos of how it turned the tables righhhht when you think you’re safe.

golden son

Golden Son– this entire series was another wild ride- but the reason I picked the ending for the second one is because *WHOA*- it very nearly killed me! Needless to say, I had to grab the next one as soon as possible! (if you try this series, fair warning, make sure you have the finale close to hand!!)

emperor of thorns

Emperor of Thorns– as a series ender, this is so satisfying. Exciting and bold and… I really can’t tell you anything else about it! All I’ll say is I never would’ve expected that!

And on that note… have you read any of these? Do you agree with me? And what books did you find so terrifically twisty that you couldn’t guess the ending? Let me know in the comments!

32 thoughts on “Twisty Stories Where You Won’t Guess the Ending…

  1. I have The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle to read for work – so I’m encouraged to hear it’s got a twist. 🙂 More interested in reading Mark Lawrence now too …
    Great list! 😀

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  2. You know…it’s odd that you wrote this post, because I just finished “The Silent Patient”. I’m returning it to the friend who lent it to me tomorrow, and I know she’s going to say “bet you didn’t see that coming?” And I’m going to have to say “no. I did. I can even tell you the exact line when I knew for sure” because after awhile, all these psych thrillers are really just the same…

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  3. Great list! The problem I have with books with twisty endings is that once the hype is out there, it’s hard not to spend the book looking for the twist instead of just going with the flow. Maybe that’s why I especially appreciate the twists that I really never see coming. 🙂

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  4. Gotta love some Agatha Christie! I also think Mrs. Westaway deserves a spot. I liked The 7 and 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle but I felt like the various version of the day went out too long so that by the time we finally got to some answers I didn’t care as much as I did initially! But I have to give it credit where it’s due. It was clever!

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  5. I’m currently reading Murder on the Orient Express and I can’t wait for the twist. Christie has a way of keeping you guessing because she makes every character a suspect. I have a few of the other books on my TBR. Great list!

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  6. I completely agree with you about Golden Son!! That’s probably my favourite book in the series just because it goes all sorts of directions I didn’t expect, and that ending… wow! I immediately started the third book, but I can’t imagine how frustrated I’d have been if it hadn’t been available yet.

    You’ve reminded me I really must finish the Prince of Thorns trilogy (so far I’ve only read the first one but I intend to continue) and I’m curious to give ‘Poison’ a go – you’ve recommended it before but I haven’t managed to read it yet.

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  7. Ah. Nothing better than a good twisty ending! I have been wanting to read Evelyn Hardcastle & have already read We Were Liars. I actually knew that *big twist* way before it was revealed from all the clues throughout but, it still hit me hard. Such a good one.

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