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Subject: Books with Surprise Endings
Date Posted: 7/31/2009 5:53 PM ET
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Hi everyone :)

Can you suggest a few books with surprise endings, or books with a twist that you just did not expect? (not looking for a specific genre, just a great read)


Thanks so much


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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 7/31/2009 6:17 PM ET
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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.


Date Posted: 7/31/2009 9:26 PM ET
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I think all of Jodi Picoult's have an unexpected ending
Date Posted: 7/31/2009 10:41 PM ET
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The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart


Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 8/1/2009 8:31 AM ET
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William Goldman's books have great endings, and the ending of Brothers (the sequel to Marathon Man) was the most surprising I can think of.  I am just finishing up listening to Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz, and I was quite surprised by how it turned out.

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 2:03 PM ET
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PLACE WHERE THE SEA REMEMBERS by Sandra Benitez.  This beautifully written 'bewitching' story takes place in a Mexican village by the sea.  The ending is shocking!

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 4:13 PM ET
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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks has an interesting twist of an ending. It's also on the top 100 books of the 20th century. 

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 4:44 PM ET
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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Playing for the Ashes - Elizabeth George

We Need To Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

Double Bind – Chris Bohjalian

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 6:05 PM ET
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aw- I love the Westing Game!

Also Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 6:21 PM ET
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Just finished William Peter Blatty's Elsewhere and it fits the bill.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 11:57 PM ET
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Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 1:17 AM ET
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I second Me and Emma. I NEVER saw it coming.
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 6:09 AM ET
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A mystery classic--And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.  The movie made from the book changed the ending because it certainly wasn't "hollywood."  Also, Murder on the Orient Express by Christie.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 8:11 AM ET
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Thanks so much everyone for taking the time to respond and for all of your suggestions! (keep them coming lol)


Date Posted: 8/4/2009 3:52 PM ET
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I third me and Emma, I just remember saying "oh!" at the end because it was unexpected.  Also, the Wedding by Nicholas Sparks.  I felt that the ending was unexpected. 

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 8:24 PM ET
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I have actually read Me and Emma. I have this weird thing where I tend to figure out the endings of books and movies(I'm sure many people do this)...thats why I am so interested in books with surprise endings :)

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 7:00 AM ET
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Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter. Still upset about that one....

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 9:22 AM ET
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The Pearl by Steinbeck. It's a bit on the dark side, but has a suprise ending. The book has a great message.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 9:42 PM ET
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American Fuji by Sarah Backer.  I wrote about it in a different thread.  The book sets you up to think it's a romance and a murder/suspense story.  But the author takes you somewhere different.  The ending is very surprising, but fits the whole story.

Date Posted: 8/6/2009 7:40 PM ET
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I loved  I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE by Wally Lamb.   Great book!

Date Posted: 8/7/2009 11:49 PM ET
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Shutter Island is excellent.  I also really enjoyed Running Out of Time both as a young adult and an adult rereading it.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 2:03 PM ET
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The Sisters Mortland by Sally Beaumain.

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (and to some extent her second book as well - The Forgotten Garden).

The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian.