If you love reading, why don’t you check out these novels with twists that are bound to surprise you? From literary fiction to young adult novels and domestic thrillers, this list has an idea for every reader out there.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
About The Author: Welsh novelist Sarah Waters is best known for her novels set in Victorian London, including Tipping The Velvet, The Little Stranger, and The Paying Guests. She’s been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times and has been praised for her vibrant prose and vivid world building.
About The Novel: Fingersmith was initially published in 2002 and is about Sue, an orphan who is sent by a man called ‘Gentleman’ to pose as a maid, seduce Maud, a wealthy heiress, and eventually get her committed to a madhouse. Naturally, Sue gets more than she bargained for as she and Maud slowly fall for each other and the twisted plot unfolds.
Why You Should Read It: Sarah Waters’s writing is beautiful, descriptive and completely immersive, and you absolutely won’t see the twist coming.
We Were Liars by E Lockhart
About The Author: Based in New York, Lockhart is known for writing picture books, young adult fiction, and adult fiction. She has a doctorate in English from Columbia University, and her other novels include The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.
About The Novel: We Were Liars is a young adult novel that was published in 2014. Told by the protagonist, Cadence Sinclair, the book is set on a private island owned by her grandparents and tells the story of a summer she spends on the island after an accident she cannot remember, during which her family members, known as the Liars, start acting strangely around her.
Why You Should Read It: The whole novel has a dark feel, as though the reader has stepped into a dream. It’s evocative, beautifully written, and an absolute must-read.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
About The Author: Flynn is based in Chicago, and before Gone Girl, she was known for two novels, Sharp Objects and Dark Places, both of which were critically praised. Before becoming a novelist, she attended Northwestern University and also worked as a film critic.
About The Novel: Published in 2012, Gone Girl was a runaway success that started the current trend for domestic thrillers. After Amy Dunne’s disappearance, the truth about her troubled marriage to Nick unravels as the police begin to believe that he murdered her. Flynn adapted it into an Academy Award-nominated movie, which was released in 2014.
Why You Should Read It: You’ve probably heard of Gone Girl already, but the hype is entirely justified. It’s a great read with twisted characters that you’ll be completely immersed in until you finish the last thrilling page.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
About The Author: Mackintosh is a former British policewoman who is based in North Wales and has also worked as a freelance journalist. She won the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year award for I Let You Go in July 2016, the same month that her second novel, I See You, was published before charting in the top place in the hardback chart.
About The Novel: Released in 2015, I Let You Go follows the story of Jenna Gray, whose life is shattered by a car accident. She moves to the Welsh coast to rebuild her life but is haunted by memories of her son, grief, and guilt. Meanwhile, policeman Ray tries to find out the truth about what happened that night.
Why You Should Read It: If you like crime fiction, this is the novel for you. The twist halfway through will blow your mind, the characters are interesting and sympathetic, and the descriptions of the rural landscape are poetic and chilling.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
About The Author: Now based in Los Angeles, Yoon grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn. She released her debut novel Everything, Everything in 2015, which was a New York Times number one bestseller, and followed it up with The Sun Is Also A Star in 2016. She’s a member of We Need Diverse Books, which champions diversity in novels.
About The Novel: A young adult book, Everything, Everything follows the story of Maddy, who has severe combined immunodeficiency and cannot leave her house, seeing no one except her mother and her nurse, Carla – and Olly, the son of their new neighbours, who she falls for and who falls for her right back. But is there more to her condition than her mother is telling her? Everything, Everything will be released as a movie starring Amandla Stenberg this year.
Why You Should Read It: It’s a warm, romantic novel that follows the sweet story of Maddy and Olly as they fall in love – with a twist that will make you look at the rest of the book in a completely different way.