For many modern readers, books that offer surprises and plot twists are uniquely enjoyable. Sure, it's fun to read stories that follow a traditional plot and come to an ending you can see a mile away. But there's something about the moment of shock when an author catches you by surprise that can be addictive and thrilling. That's why many readers are on the lookout for books that have crazy plot twists and are seriously enthralling. It's fun to get shocked.
Of course, thrillers and mysteries are highly represented in this category — can you imagine a murder mystery without a plot twist? — but plenty of sci-fi and young adult reads also use the element of surprise. Whatever the genre, the best twists leave the reader staring into space and trying to backtrack the plot for potential clues.
In the hands of a capable author, these twists are woven deep into the plots and still make sense once they are revealed. Sometimes, the twist is staring you in the face throughout the entire story, but you're too distracted by other action to notice it. Whatever the case, books with insanely clever plot twists make reading that much more addictive and captivating.
1. 'The Girl On The Train' by Paula Hawkins
2. 'The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd' by Agatha Christie
Many mystery stories hinge on the plot twist, and there are plenty of current writers who pull this off masterfully. But Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is definitely worth checking out, because the twist in this mystery is so gripping, it's been freaking out readers for generations. You can't go wrong with anything by Christie, really, but this story's quiet reveal will take even the savviest mystery buff by surprise.
3. 'The Family Tree' by Sheri Tepper
4. 'Invisible Monsters' by Chuck Palahniuk
5. 'The Tenth Circle' by Jodi Picoult
6. 'You' by Caroline Kepnes
7. 'Hexwood' by Diana Wynne Jones
This puzzling fantasy novel unfolds in a surprising way. Linear time is more or less disregarded in Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones, which combines fable, Arthurian legend, and lives in other galaxies. The protagonist Ann learns that she is so much more than a tween living in the suburbs of London.
8. 'Use Of Weapons' by Iain Banks
9. 'Fingersmith' by Sarah Waters
10. 'Ender's Game' by Orson Scott Card
If you aren't already familiar with this sci-fi classic, then you're in for a treat. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card involves children bred for battle, an attacking alien race, and the fate of the Earth itself. You can follow Ender's mission to save the Earth, and the surprising obstacles that he must overcome.