Booking Through Thursday: Twisty

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This week I am proud to see that my question has been selected as the Booking Through Thursday choice.

I love books with complicated plots and unexpected endings, so I asked people to recommend fantastic books with a twist in the end. I’m looking forward to seeing all the suggestions!

My favourites are:

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears

The Island at the End of the World by Sam Taylor

Little Face by Sophie Hannah

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

What are your favourite books with a twist in the end?

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  1. Vicki says:

    I too love complicated plots and unusual endings.

    These are all new to me and I’ll be checking into them.

    You can see my BTT HERE

    1. Jackie says:

      Vicki, I hope you find one that you enjoy reading!

  2. Pam says:

    I LOVED Water for Elephants. Although the leading female character grated on my nerves a bit through out the novel, I loved the story.

    1. Jackie says:

      Pam, I loved everything about Water for Elephants – it is in my top 10 of all time favourite books!

  3. Fingersmith’s a great call. A couple of Mary Higgins Clarks had amazing twists – Where Are The Children was one, and We’ll Meet Again another.

    Agatha Christie’s Cat Among Pigeons comes to mind as well.

    Great question :)

    1. Jackie says:

      anothercookiecrumbles, I haven’t read any Mary Higgins Clark – I think I’ll have to add her to the list!

  4. Karen says:

    I love books with twists in the end because I almost never see them coming (I’m exactly the same with movies). The only one from your list that I have read is Fingersmith but the book I am reading at the moment, A Fraction of the Whole also has a great twist that I probably should have seen coming but didn’t!

    1. Jackie says:

      Karen, I haven’t read Fraction of a Whole yet, but own a copy. I’m looking forward to reading it now!

  5. Jennifer G. says:

    That was a great question!

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about Fingersmith, but I haven’t read it. Water for Elephants made it on my list too.

    1. Jackie says:

      Jennifer, I’m sure you’ll love Fingersmith – it is a long book, but that is just so the complicated plot can be explained well. I hope you enjoy it!

  6. Interesting question! I go back and forth on twist endings. If they’re well-done and seem like they’re possible in the world of the story, then I think they’re awesome. But if they seem to impossible, or like the writer was just writing themselves out of a problem, then I get annoyed. I can’t think of any favorites (or dislikes) off of the top of my head though.

    1. Jackie says:

      Kim, You’re right – the endings I love are those that are realisitic. I love thosed in which clues are placed all the way through the book, but I had not connected them. Clever endings are fantastic!

  7. Sandy says:

    I don’t know how anything could beat Fingersmith! It was complicated, but not TOO complicated. And the twists! My review of the book and the movie is coming up tomorrow!

    1. Jackie says:

      Sandy, I think Stone’s Fall gets close to beating Fingersmith, but I am looking forward to your reviews tomorrow. I love Fingersmith!

  8. Matt says:

    I enjoy complicated plots and multiple layers of meanings, but they are not necessary for me to like a book. It all depends whether I resonate with the story. I read about Stone’s Fall from you and I have added it to the list. :)

    1. Jackie says:

      Matt, I enjoy books without complicated plots too, but a fantastic twist really makes a book special for me. I hope you enjoy Stone’s Fall as much as I did.

  9. I have only Fingersmith sitting on my shelf, but I really want to read the others as well, especially Water for Elephants.

    1. Jackie says:

      Michelle, Water for Elephants is fantastic! I loved hearing about life in the circus. I hope you enjoy it!

  10. Novroz says:

    i haven’t read any of your books…but I’ll keep in mind to read it someday coz I love surprise ending

    1. Jackie says:

      Novroz, Thank you for commenting on my blog for the first time! If you do decide to read one I hope you enjoy it!

  11. Jenners says:

    I love twist endings. I actually wrote a post on it (here: My choices were “Life of Pi,” “Atonement” and “We Need To Talk About Kevin.” I should probably add some more in now that I’ve had my blog longer.

    I’m going to be checking out some of the ones you listed as well!

    1. Jackie says:

      Jenners, Interesting choices! *goes off to comment on your blog*

  12. pussreboots says:

    I will keep your list of recommendations in mind. Thanks.

    1. Jackie says:

      pussreboots, Thanks!

  13. Lex Cut says:

    Those titles are unfamiliar to me. Have you reviewed them? I’ll be browsing around your blog.

    As for the BTT, it’s obvious that everyone loves unexpected twists! Including me.

    1. Jackie says:

      Lex Cut, Thank you for commenting on my blog for the first time! I have reviewed most of them – just look at the ‘books reviewed’ tab in the top right of my blog. All the books I’ve reviewed are listed there alphabetically.

  14. Beth F says:

    Genesis is the last book I read with a real twist I did not see coming. Great question.

    1. Jackie says:

      Beth, I haven’t read that – I’ll add it to the list! Thank you!

  15. I like twists but I would definitley go for suprising over complicated. If something gets too complicated I stop caring.

    Cool that your question was chosen for BTT!

    1. Jackie says:

      Simon, I love complicated! I do like to be able to follow what is happening, but I love long, intricate plots.

  16. Tracey says:

    Jackie – The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks has a great twist at the end. There are lots of clues but I didn’t pick it!
    Fingersmith seems to be well loved – I haven’t read anything by Sarah Waters, this seems like it would be a good place to start.
    Great question!

    1. Jackie says:

      Tracey, I haven’t read The Wasp Factory, but loved The Business by Iain Banks. I’ll have to add it to the list. Thanks for the recommendation!

  17. Verity says:

    Fingersmith – that does have wonderful twists! Brilliant! Wilkie Collins is good for twists too.

    1. Jackie says:

      Verity, I enjoyed The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, but thought the twists were quite gentle. I hope to read The Woman in White soon I look forward to finding out what happens!

  18. The Reader says:

    It’s a great idea to ask people for book suggstions!

    I’m going to do that. :o )

    The Reader
    I’m a Bookworm

  19. Jackie says:

    The Reader, I hope you get lots of great suggestions!

  20. Marie says:

    Oh gosh I haven’t read any of these! But now I want to! :-)

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