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#1 antiskeptic87

Posted 02 November 2011 - 01:55 PM

Hi Everyone,

I'm after some book recommendations! It seems my favourites are ones with twists in them, or with "Ooooooh...I get it now!" moments.

Recently read My Sister's Keeper and loved it.. and my all-time favourite is Jessica by Bryce Courtenay. Not really a fan of murder mysteries, horror or Sci fi.

So hit me with recommendations!

Which book/s blew you away?

#2 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 02 November 2011 - 02:00 PM

Most of Jodi Picoults other books have twists in them.

#3 antiskeptic87

Posted 02 November 2011 - 02:11 PM

Thanks Rainbow original.gif
I've heard that elsewhere too, so I'm currently reading 'The Pact' - very intriguing so far!

#4 Kya

Posted 02 November 2011 - 02:14 PM

"Before I Go to Sleep" by SJ Watson. I could not put it down. It is a psychological thriller and has some amazing plot twists.

#5 petalpotamus

Posted 02 November 2011 - 02:29 PM

QUOTE (Kya @ 02/11/2011, 03:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
"Before I Go to Sleep" by SJ Watson. I could not put it down. It is a psychological thriller and has some amazing plot twists.

i just stayed up till 2am to fnish that.  totally agree, it's a fantastic book.

#6 Mose

Posted 02 November 2011 - 02:32 PM

Another vote for "Before I go to Sleep".

In a similar genre "Sister" by Rosamund Lupton.  Just as page-turning as "Before I go to Sleep".

Will definitely be stalking this thread for other ideas!

#7 nellista

Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:27 AM

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

There is is BBC (I think) adaptation of this which is really good too.

#8 Lyra

Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:32 AM

The best plot twist ever was in 'The Wasp Factory' by Iain Banks. However, it really is not a book for the faint hearted LOL

#9 s-m

Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:37 AM


Edited by s-m, 17 August 2014 - 03:13 PM.

#10 ducks-on-the-dam

Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:47 AM

John Grisham  'The Partner'.

Charles Dickens ' Great Expectations'.

#11 mokeydoke

Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:53 AM

Lionel Shriver - we need to talk about Kevin.

First twist is the author is female wink.gif

#12 Just green apples

Posted 06 November 2011 - 11:05 AM

'A Fraction of the Whole' by Steve Toltz. Absolutely amazing. Oh and has a good handful of twists.

#13 ~iMum~

Posted 12 November 2011 - 08:17 PM

I've not long finished reading Sarah's Key (awesome!) and The Help (great).

Also, have you read any of Judy Nunn's books?

#14 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 13 November 2011 - 08:32 AM

oops! wrong bookthread!

Edited by Writing With Cats, 13 November 2011 - 08:32 AM.

#15 ~Nic~

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:21 PM

Resurrecting an old thread (Thanks OP wink.gif)...

Like the OP, I am after books that have a twist in them... I want something that I will get completley sucked into and don't want to put down and have that moment where everything you thought was going to happen gets turned around and you wind up with the opposite to what you were expecting. I know Jodi Piccoult's name gets mentioned a lot, but I'm not a huge fan  - I did really like Plain Truth and Second Glance but haven't been fussed on most of her other ones and outright hated some of them (I think The Pact is still behind the lounge... I hated it about as much as I hated 50 Shades of Sh*t and tossed it. Lone Wolf and Sing you Home got given back to the friend who loaned them to me before I was half way through either of them). I used to really love Stephen King, but after Insomnia, I kind of lost interest...

I am trying to get my hands on a copy of Before I Go To Sleep as mentioned by a couple of PP's above, but as there are hardly any actual bookshops around here, it's a bit tricky (I found it on the Book Depository, but was hoping to get a copy before I go away early next week). So, any other suggestions? To be honest, I normally read a lot of chick lit (Marian Keyes / Jane Green / Jill Mansell / Sheila O'Flanagan etc) but I really feel like something a bit more substantial at the moment.

Any suggestions?

#16 skylark

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

Gone Girl is one that I reckon you would love. huge twist, well written. Generally awesome.


#17 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

Gone Girl is getting lots of recommendations--I haven't read it because I am all WUT?  YOU WANT HOW MUCH FOR THE EBOOK?

Fingersmith is fantastic.  Jodi Picoult sucks.  You'd have to be brain dead not to figure out her 'twists'.

#18 CallMeFeral

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

Any short stories by Roald Dahl (yes he does write adult books). His short stories have amazing twists. And while I'm at it, Theodore Sturgeon and Isaac Asimov.
Yes I guess you weren't after short stories, but you really can't beat the above for twists.

#19 paod

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:31 PM

Love a good twist so will be watching

#20 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:36 PM

QUOTE (CallMeAliG @ 15/11/2012, 09:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Any short stories by Roald Dahl (yes he does write adult books).

Agree. Switch b**ch is one of my all time faves, the twist at the end of the Visitor is one hell of a twist!

#21 two_ones

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:38 PM

QUOTE (CallMeAliG @ 15/11/2012, 09:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Any short stories by Roald Dahl (yes he does write adult books). His short stories have amazing twists. And while I'm at it, Theodore Sturgeon and Isaac Asimov.
Yes I guess you weren't after short stories, but you really can't beat the above for twists.

+1 for Roald Dahl..."Tales of the Unexpected".

Adding lots of these suggestions to my Kindle Wishlist!

#22 FiveAus

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:41 PM

My very, very favourite book "with a twist" is Jeffrey Archers Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less.

#23 Feral Becky

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:49 PM

Great rec's guys.

I would say anything by Jo Nesbo.

#24 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:22 PM

Nicholas Sparks the author??

Some of his books have twists I guess you could say. Or endings you didn't exactly see coming.

Although this one doesn't have a massive twist at the end, Safe Haven is quite the page turner. I read it when DD was a newborn and even when I put her down to sleep during the night I had to keep reading. It is being made into a movie coming out next year. You can watch the clip on youtube if you are interested. It does have a few twists and surprises along the way.

I am off to buy Before I go to sleep. That sounds interesting

Edited by I*Love*Christmas, 15 November 2012 - 09:22 PM.

#25 TinyTeddys

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:30 PM

QUOTE (skylark @ 15/11/2012, 09:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gone Girl is one that I reckon you would love. huge twist, well written. Generally awesome.

Another coming in to recommend Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!

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