Best Books with a Twist

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Best Books with a Twist

When it comes to reading books, undeniably, we all have a different taste. But when it comes to suspense thrillers or books of mystery, there is hardly anyone who would defy reading them. Thriller or Suspense is a kind of genre, that almost all kinds of readers at any age, love to read. And some of the main reasons behind this admiration is that these books are usually based on true incidents or adapted from true incidents, the plots usually keep on playing with your mind, you keep on guessing the consequences and often cannot get it right because it’s too tricky, and lastly, they are often full of twists and turns that make these books unique, and incomparable to any other genre. All of these factors come together to provide readers a unique reading experience like no other.

If you are among these readers who are a fan of twists and love to keep guessing “What the truth can be?” or “Who the murderer is?”, then here are the best books with the most unexpected twists that you should definitely read.

1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is a psychological thriller with shocking twists and focuses on Alicia, who has happened to murder her husband six years ago, and till then haven’t spoken a word. The narrator Theo Faber, a Forensic Psychoanalyst who comes across Alicia at The Grove, a  mental health institution, and begins to unfold the past slowly to discover the truth. Theo’s quest of finding the reason behind Alicia’s attempt to murder, her discovery of Alicia’s diary, and many other events that occur along, take the Patient-Doctor relationship into a different dimension.

A novel that is written in an “epistolary” form, Michaelides weaves the plot of the novel to be so intriguing, that it will deeply impress its readers. The novel mostly covers some triggering issues related to murder, mental illness, mental and physical abuse, and trauma, which makes it a perfect psychological thriller.

2. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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A Psychological murder mystery by Ruth Ware that features the story of its protagonist Leonora Shaw, In A Dark Dark Wood is full of suspense and mystery. Leonora a.k.a Nora receives an unexpected invitation to the hen do (bachelorette party) after years, and that is what makes all the difference.

The novel begins with a present state where Nora is at a hospital injured from a car accident, and then the focus shifts on the past events, a weekend ago that led to all the consequences. When Nora at the party learns that her childhood best friend Claire is the soon bride-to-be of the man named James, who was Nora’s sweetheart at school, everything becomes a mess. And when James is mysteriously murdered, there come unexpected twists and turns that lead reader to the ultimate truth. A captivating novel that will keep readers glued unless they have discovered who the murderer is, the novel is indeed full of “dark” secrets and events.

3. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

 Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

An exceptional novel later adapted into a successful film by the same name and starred by none other than  Leonardo DiCaprio, The Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane weaves a unique masterpiece of fantasy and mystery that is enough to leave the readers perplexed. This amazing novel revolves around an investigation led by Teddy Daniels to find a missing fugitive of an asylum, situated on a remote island. The investigation of finding the woman leads Teddy to discover many dark secrets and much more mysterious events take place in relation to it. Shutter Island is one of the most unique plots of mystery with many twists and turns, and a blend of the psyche that will challenge your beliefs and conclusions.

4. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
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Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects is about Camille Preaker, a crime reporter living in Chicago. When Camille is asked by her boss to cover a murder mystery that occurred in her hometown Wind Gap, she is reluctant to visit a place she hasn’t been in 10 years. But when Camille visits Wind Gap, things are more mysterious than they seem.

The disappearance of the little girl from a previous murder, the dark secrets that lie within her hometown, and many other unexpected events make this novel a truly interesting one. Told in a straightforward point-of-view, Camille unfolds the mystery little by little, and the consequences lead to the metamorphosis of the character of Camille herself. Murder, mystery, secrets, romances, this novel is engaging and is complete entertainment.

5. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
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A New York Times Bestseller, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is full of suspense and unexpected twists. It all begins at a dinner party, when Anne and Marco Conti are invited by their neighbors over dinner, they come home to find the crib empty. Cora their six-month-old baby has been abducted, desperate to search for their baby, the couple goes through many hardships that result in the unfolding of family secrets, blackmails, murder, and the ever-engaging suspense.

When detective Rasbach arrives, things seem so confusing at first, and the couple looks equally innocent. But as the plot begins to unfold, there are so many shocking truths, unexpected events that will keep the readers glued to the book until the end.

6. Salem Falls by Jodi Piccoult

Salem Falls by Jodi Piccoult

From the New York Times Bestselling author, Jodi Piccoult’s Salem Falls is a disturbing novel that depicts the story of Jack St. Bride, a former Coach of Soccer at Westonbrook Academy is falsely accused of raping a minor named Catherine Marsh.

When Jack St. Bride is released from prison after 8 months and thinks about beginning his life anew, his past keeps on haunting him. Jack’s arrival at Salem Falls leads to more unpredictable events, where he finds himself trapped in a situation like his past. Will Jack be able to escape from these false accusations? Will he be able to prove himself innocent? The novel has twists and turns that make Jack’s life a living hell.

7. The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

 The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
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A gothic thriller that will send chills down your spine, it is hard to believe that The Sanatorium is Sarah Pearse’s debut novel. Narrated by an omnipresent narrator, the novel focuses on the horrific “Sanatorium” with a haunting past, that had been turned into a five-star hotel in the recent few years. Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by the equally threatening and lifeless peaks, the setting of the hotel, as well the novel is no doubt gothic.

The isolated Sanatorium now a hotel, situated in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. Elin, who happens to be a detective, wishes to take a break from her stressful life by going on a holiday. But when her brother Isaac and her finance Laura invite Elin to the Sanatorium to celebrate their engagement, she had to go reluctantly. From the moment Elin arrives at the hotel, at the time of a raging storm, her instincts warn her something is wrong. And when Laura goes missing, many spine-chilling events come along with that. The Sanatorium is not for the weak hearts, if you are eager to unveil the mystery of the “sanatorium”, then you must read this brilliant novel.

8. Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
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Good as Gone by Amy Gentry is a gripping tale of the kidnapping of thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker, who was kidnapped from her bedroom, and the only witness to this event was her little sister. The narration of the novel is very unusual for it frequently shifts between first-person and third person. When Anna, mother of Julie narrates incidents she does in the first person, but when the focus shifts on Julie, it becomes the third person.

The Whitaker family is devastated, but they keep on hoping Julie is alive. And when suddenly after 8 years a young woman returns home claiming she is Julie, Anna is curious and must find the truth with the help of a detective. Although Anna wants to strongly believe the young woman is Julie, there is much more mystery hiding under this than it seems.

9. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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A mysterious plot revolving around the protagonist Rachel, who goes through a disturbed state after being divorced, The Girl on the Train unfolds to become more than a story of a mere woman struggling with her life, it rather leads readers to a mysterious twist.

A missing of a woman named Megan Hipwell, whom Rachel believed to have seen from her way back on the regular train she takes. Rachel believes she has seen Megan on the day of her missing, from the window of her train, and this leads to more unexpected turns. The unfolding of the murder leads to many shocking incidents and no one happens to believe Rachel eventually. Will she be able to resolve this unusual mystery and find the person behind it? There’s much more that’s left for the readers to discover. This mysterious thriller became so popular that it was adapted into a film in the year 2016, and had a good response.

10. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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A New York Times Bestseller, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, the pen name of writer Emily Jenkins is the story of Cadence mostly known as Cady, who belongs to the wealthy Sinclair family of New England. Cady is 18 years old, at the time she begins to narrate the past of her life and the three generations of her family. Although it may seem that it is a mere book of recollecting the past, it is not, for it leads to the revelation of many family secrets, relationships, and most importantly, she claims to get family members to be “Liars”.

When a family member suddenly dies just after a horrific fight over a relationship, things begin to change, and the events that follow slowly bring out the truth. A thoroughly engaging book, that will transcend readers into the past of a lavishly rich family, who are hiding many secrets.

That’s all for the best books with the most unexpected twists. All of these books featured above deserves to be read by any reader who is fascinated with mystery and suspense.

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