The kind of plot twists that make you say, “What the fuck?” are what you came for. A) You’re in the right place. B) You’ll need a nap after this.
These are the books that will turn everything you thought you knew upside down and inside out. Add them to your TBR list right away!
The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena
When someone goes to a dinner party next door, she leaves her child at home alone. Who would do this? She is in pain because she isn’t a good mother.
People can do almost anything. You don’t know what’s going on on the other side of the wall. This is what your next-door neighbor told you: She didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, but she just couldn’t stand to see her cry. It will be fine, your husband said. Because you only live next door. Every half hour, one of you will go back to check on the baby. When you last checked on your daughter, she was asleep.
Now, as you run up the stairs in your house, your worst fears come true. She’s gone now. You’ve never called the police before. But now that they’re in your house, who knows what they’ll find. Is there anything you could do when you were pushed to the limit of what you were used to?
Make sure you are ready for a roller coaster of emotions. If you don’t pay attention, you won’t see these turns coming.
Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn is the master of page-turners, so what more would you expect from her? This is an ugly, sinister, and all-around gruesome story with a big surprise. You will want to read it again so you can go back and find the red herrings.
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
In this best-selling book, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman star in a hit HBO TV show. They say Liane Moriarty has a story that will keep you up all night. It’s about “perfect” lives that are torn apart by ugly secrets. People: Don’t mess with these women.
Monday’s Not Coming – Tiffany D. Jackson
An important and poignant book that looks at racism and media bias through the eyes of a teenage girl, Claudia, is called Claudia. Make sure you’re ready for a book hangover that will last for a long time.
Monday People only notice that Charles isn’t there. In the past, Claudia and Monday have been more like sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t show up for the first day of school, Claudia is worried about what will happen next.
Claudia knows something is wrong when she doesn’t show up for the second day, or the second week. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to deal with tests and bullies on her own, so he would help her. The rumors from last year didn’t get in the way, and she didn’t have her grades at stake. It’s now more important than ever for Claudia to have her best friend and only friend around. And April, Monday’s sister, isn’t much help either.
Nobody can remember when they last saw Monday. As Claudia digs into her friend’s disappearance, she finds out that no one can remember when they last saw Monday. In what way can a teenage girl just disappear without anyone noticing that she is gone?
In a Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware
A hen party in a cabin in the woods…
What could go wrong? I can’t think of how many times it will make your jaw drop to the ground.
The Girl on The Train – Paula Hawkins
If you’re honest, there’s no way you could take this list seriously without this “honorable mention.” A missing woman, adultery, and a narrator who can’t be trusted? Oh, that’s good. You’ll be shocked, exhausted, and emotionally drained. In a nice way.
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
You think you know where this story is going, but you don’t, and your heart will never be the same. Not safe to read in public unless you have hay fever that’s very bad.
Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
One of the best Dickens novels ever written is full of twists and turns that make you feel like you’re having whiplash. It’s almost 600 pages long, but if you keep going, you’ll get a lot out of it.
My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
Since Anna was born, her parents haven’t given her a choice. She was born to be Kate’s bone marrow donor and has always given her sister everything she needs.
As soon as Anna finds out that Kate needs a new kidney, she starts to wonder how much she should be willing to do to save her older sister. So, Anna makes a decision that will change their family for good – and maybe even kill the sister she loves, because she loves her.
If you don’t want us to tell you what happens, we won’t. But let us tell you that the heart-wrenching ending will leave you broken for weeks. Possibly for a long time.
Elizabeth Is Missing – Emma Healey
Maud, an 82-year-old woman with dementia, is the narrator of Healey’s first book. She makes cups of tea and forgets to drink them; at times, she doesn’t even recognize her own daughter. But there’s one thing she knows for sure: Elizabeth isn’t home.
This is the name of the author of Gone Girl: 11 Gillian Flynn.
Gillian Flynn comes in for a second twist, and then there’s the third one, too! If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, don’t waste any more time.
The Rules of Magic – By Alice Hoffman
A curse began for the Owens family back in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.
Later, Susanna Owens is living in New York City at the start of the Sixties, when the world is about to change. She knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Jet, who is shy and beautiful, can read other people’s minds, and Vincent, who started looking for trouble as soon as he could walk. Franny has skin as pale as milk and blood red hair. Jet can also read other people’s minds.
RIGHT AWAY, Susanna sets rules for her kids: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no black clothes. No cats, no crows. No candles, and not even books about magic. Finally, never fall in love. But when her kids visit their aunt Isabelle in the small town in Massachusetts where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has gone wrong, they learn about family secrets and start to understand who they are. They can’t get away from love even if they try. They can’t get away from the pains of the human heart, either. Those two beautiful sisters will become the aunts in Practical Magic that everyone will remember. Their brother will leave a surprising legacy.