I am looking for books with the best plot twists!
Right now I am looking for books with the best plot twists! I am an avid reader…that is when I make the time for myself. I can get totally engrossed in a book and time flies.
Oh… midnight? I can keep reading.
Oh, 3 a.m.? I might as well finish the book now.
I frequently go to Goodreads.com and look at their new books, book quotes, etc. I found Goodreads.com has a list of books with the Best Plot Twists!
My plan is to read some of those books and report back to you 10 at a time to start making my own list of books with the best plot twists.
There are some books I am going to choose not to read:
- Books that turned into movies – Unless I have not seen the movie. Because let’s be honest, if you see the movie before the book, you already know the plot twist. And vice versa usually – If you read the book after the movie you are usually disappointed.
- Books that are way to scary for this girl – I am good with psychological thrillers, but blood, guts, devil – uh…no thanks.
I am going to take my list to one of the used book stores around here so that it doesn’t cost me a fortune! So, I am not going to go in any particular order from this book and someone recommends another book not on the list, I will read that one too so I am not being list snobby! HA!
Below is just a sample from the list from Goodreads. Do you recommend any of them? Or any other book?
All of these books link to Amazon.
Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniuk
Love, betrayal, petty larceny, and high fashion fuel this deliciously comic novel from the author of Fight Club.
She’s a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway “accident” leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful center of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge that she exists. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a real woman, who will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something better. And that salvation hides in the last places you’ll ever want to look.
Eloise – Loving a Sociopath – Catherine Lockwood
There is a warning on this one…you may want to heed the warning.
Disturbed teenage lovers reunite in middle-age. One has turned their life around and the other is a murdering psychopath, who can mimic charm and sanity with ease. This psychological story of intense love and severe mental disorder will play on your mind. It is a thriller that is thought provoking and often left open to interpretation.
Crashing Back Down – Kristen Hope Mazzola
It looks like this is a series of books and this is book #1.
Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy’s best friends and parents.
Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down.
Why She Left Us – David Dennis
It was the summer of 1985, and she was young and inexperienced, but longing to love and to be loved in return, when he entered her life. At the same time, while she was desperately seeking the love and approval of a mother who never wanted her in the first place, events totally beyond her control claimed her as their victim, leaving those she left behind unable to cope with the enormity of her absence. “WHY SHE LEFT US” is written as a series of diary entries, the events seen through the eyes of several different people. But at its center is a love story chronicling a romance that transforms the lives of two people who, for too brief a period of time, experienced the greatest happiness they had ever known.
We Were Liars – E Lockhart
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Can you Mend It? – Billy Wood Smith
Oh! This is a series too – This is number 1.
Joe has finally had enough. He’s leaving Liz, his girlfriend of almost three years. After this business trip he’s not coming back. He’ll visit his sister Sarah for a while.
Danielle is getting really frustrated with her ex Pete, who simply won’t accept her reasons for ending their relationship. She wasn’t happy? Well, does she even know what makes her happy?
The Taker – J.M. Steele
Carly Biel’s future is right on track: she’s a great student (mostly A’s and B’s); her boyfriend, Brad, is captain of the lacrosse team; and she’s a shoe-in for Princeton (her dad’s an alum – love that legacy status!). She’s never been great at standardized tests (so nerve-racking!), but she always figured she’d do well enough on the SAT to get by. Guess what? She tanks. Really tanks. Now she only has one more opportunity to take the test, and she’s sure she can’t pull her scores up by much. That’s why, when she gets a mysterious note from “The Taker,” she can’t resist. Now she’s hired someone to take the test for her – but what if she gets caught? And what if she doesn’t?
Terminal Rage – A.M. Khalifa
A ruthless terrorist with no past.A burned-out hostage negotiator with no future.And a clock ticking towards utter carnage unless a puzzle is solved: Who is he?
Tempted – Paul Michaels
His father murdered, his mother looking to him for support, Alexi Gallo needs a job and he needs it now. Bribed into working for a corrupt family friend, the only bright light is the easy money and beautiful, vulnerable Traci.
But there’s more to this new world than being a bag man and falling in love – far more than just being a kid trying to survive. Alexi is about to find out he’s a pawn in a deadly conflict between warring immortals.
Don’t Breathe a Word – Jennifer McMahon
Two young lovers find themselves ensnared in a seemingly supernatural web that ties them to a young girl’s disappearance fifteen years earlier in this dark and twisty tale from the New York Times bestselling author of Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell. Jennifer NcMahon returns with a vengeance with Don’t Breathe a Word—an absolutely chilling and ingenious combination of psychological thriller, literary suspense, and paranormal page-turner that will enthrall a wildly diverse audience including, among others, avid fans of Keith Donohue (The Stolen Child), Laura Lippman (I’d Know You Anywhere), and Tana French.(In the Woods).
A Secondhand Lie – Pamela Crane
Sometimes you know things you’re not supposed to know. Things that you can never un-know. Things that will change the course of your life…and the fate of the ones you love.
I found her in our living room, bleeding and close to death, but alive. Barely. Until morning stole her last breath. The media called her killer the “Triangle Terror” … and then forgot about her. But I never forgot—my murdered sister, and an investigation that led to my own resurrection from the dead.
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Fire and Ice: Book One: Burned – Kiara Delaney
Kellan Haines is a true bad-boy through and through, from his reckless behavior down to his foul mouthed, take-no-prisoners attitude. Yet, the self-proclaimed playboy has no trouble luring all-too-eager women into his bed. Filled with angst, the only thing Kellan really cares about is getting out of the small, sleepy town he’s felt trapped in for his entire life.
Billy Tabbs – Michael P. Michaud
A youthful vagrant, Billy Tabbs has been living on the streets for as long as he can remember, scratching out a pitiable existence in a city that doesn’t much care if he lives or dies. Amid rumors that his kind are disappearing from the alleyways and the overpasses, Billy is recruited into a bizarre homeless sect living in the underbelly of high society. It is here where he meets Darrow – the mysterious and volatile leader of an organization committed to escalating acts of civil disobedience. However, as the group’s actions turn violent and hypocritical, and the suspicious death of one member plunges the group into chaos, Billy must weigh the danger of his continued allegiance against the danger of breaking his solemn vow to Darrow.
Heartless – A Star is Dead – Jean Marie Stanberry
When aging Hollywood movie star Sabine Rousseau is found murdered in her Chicago area home, it is obvious to Detective Doug Bellamy and his partner Chris Salazar that this was not merely a random murder. Sabine has been stabbed multiple times and the one variable that makes this murder unique, is the that the killer has actually opened her chest cavity, removed her heart and took it with them, either as a trophy or as a message to whomever found the body that they considered Sabine to be “heartless”. Sabine’s entire family is obviously damaged, but it is her very bizarre youngest daughter, who sets off the “whack job” alarm for Bellamy and his partner. Her lies and misleading stories immediately make her their primary suspect. Later, when Bellamy takes the investigation in a different direction, it seems like the case and his own life, are soon falling apart. When speculation contradicts the only hard evidence they have in the case, the chief suspects that Bellamy is falling apart and takes him off the case. It is only after previously ignored evidence is found, that the case begins to move in a different direction and the realization that the killer may have not claimed their last victim yet, incites a nationwide manhunt for a very dangerous killer.
Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith
In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.
Stalin’s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where “crime” doesn’t exist.
Nearest Thing to Crazy – Elizabeth Forbes
Dan and a group of his friends enjoy a Sunday lunch together on a perfect summer’s day. They’re pleased to welcome their glamorous new neighbor and novelist, Ellie, who has rented a house in the village to work on her book. She likes to place herself in the center of her plots, she says, although it’s hard to see what she’ll find to write about in this quiet country backwater. As Ellie slots effortlessly into the village social scene, Dan’s wife begins to feel increasingly alienated from her friends and isolated from her family, but, for the life of her, she can’t fathom why . . .
Slip – David Estes
This is a series book too!
As sea levels rise and livable landmasses shrink, the Reorganized United States of America has instituted population control measures to ensure there are sufficient resources and food to sustain the growing population. Birth authorization must be paid for and obtained prior to having a child. Someone must die before another can be born, keeping the country in a population neutral position at what experts consider to be the optimal population. The new laws are enforced by a ruthless government organization known as Pop Con, responsible for terminating any children resulting from unauthorized births, and any illegals who manage to survive past their second birthday, at which point they are designated a national security threat and given the name Slip.
Identical – Ellen Hopkins
Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins, the daughters of a district court judge father and politician mother running for US Congress. Everything on the surface seems fine, but underneath run very deep and damaging secrets. What really happened when the girls were 7 years old in that car accident that Daddy caused? And why is Mom never home, always running far away to pursue some new dream? Raeanne goes after painkillers, drugs, alcohol, and sex to dull her pain and anger. Kaeleigh always tries so hard to be the good girl — her father’s perfect little flower. But when the girls were 9, Daddy started to turn to his beloved Kaeleigh in ways a father never should and has been sexually abusing her for years. For Raeanne, she needs to numb the pain of not being Daddy’s favorite; for Kaeleigh, she wants to do everything she can to feel something normal, even if it means cutting herself and vomiting after every binge.
Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane
The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this remote and barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane relentlessly bears down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades—with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. But then neither is Teddy Daniels.
Holy moly – That is only 20 books listed out of more than 200! I am going to try and find these books first at my local used bookstore, but if I can’t find them I may pick another up. I will let you know if any of these, or any other books I find, actually do have the best plot twists!