The 11 Books with Shocking Plot Twists 

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For lovers of books with thrilling twists and turns, it can be hard to choose a book that will satisfy your curiosity and give you the thrill and suspense you crave. That’s why we’ve made a list of 11 books with the most thrilling plot twists; books that will make you question what’s real and what’s not. Read on!

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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  • Paula Hawkins (Author) – Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher (Narrators)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 01/13/2015 (Publication Date) – Penguin Audio (Publisher)

This book follows the story of Rachel who takes the same commuter train every day. Every day she gets on the train, she stops at the signal that enables her to watch the same couple having their breakfast on their deck. She’s been through this so many times that she starts to feel like she’s known them for a long time. She calls them Jess and Jason and she thinks they lead a perfect life just like the one she used to live. 

One day, she sees something shocking, even though it’s only a minute before the train moves. Now, things are no longer the same. Rachel goes to the police, unable to keep her findings to herself. But the police think she’s unreliable and somehow, she finds herself mixed up in the investigation and the lives of everyone involved. How does she come out of this? Get a copy of the book and find out!

  1. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
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  • Mary Kubica (Author) – Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson (Narrators)
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  • 07/29/2014 (Publication Date) – Blackstone Audio, Inc. (Publisher)

Kubica’s psychological thriller follows the story of the abduction of a young teacher. Mia Dennet, one night enters a bar to meet her inconsistent boyfriend, and when he doesn’t show up, she leaves with a mysterious stranger. 

At first, following Colin Thatcher doesn’t seem like a bad decision but it turns out to be one of Mia’s worst mistakes in her life. When Colin chooses to hide Mia in a remote cabin in rural Minnesota as opposed to delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and Detective Gabe Hoffman will try everything to find them. But who could have predicted the emotional entanglements that would cause this family’s world to crash?

  1. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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  • Ruth Ware (Author) – Imogen Church (Narrator)
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  • 08/04/2015 (Publication Date) – Simon & Schuster Audio (Publisher)

This book follows the story of Nora who goes on a weekend that’s supposed to be fun-filled and cozy with an old school friend who she hasn’t seen in a long time. 

The book begins with Nora running petrified through the woods then goes on to Nora in the hospital then to Nora in her house deciding whether to go on the weekend trip or not. As soon as she gets to the house they’re staying in, things start to switch from uncomfortable to creepy then to horror. 

  1. None of This is True by Lisa Jewell
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  • Lisa Jewell (Author) – Kristin Atherton, Ayesha Antoine, Louise Brealey (Narrators)
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  • 08/08/2023 (Publication Date) – Simon & Schuster Audio (Publisher)

The storyline revolves around two women who share the same birthday date and are the same age, Alix Summers and Josie Fair. After a chance meeting, their lives become intertwined from the moment Alix agrees to interview Josie for a new podcast series, but she soon comes to regret this action. Josie disappears from Alix’s life as quickly as she came but not without leaving a terrible and terrifying legacy in her wake. 

  1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
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  • Alex Michaelides (Author) – Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey (Narrators)
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  • 02/05/2019 (Publication Date) – Macmillan Audio (Publisher)

The novel revolves around Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist trying to solve a violent domestic crime. Alicia Berenson, a renowned artist who leads a life everyone dreams of, murders her photographer husband, and Faber is determined to find out why. However, the job only gets difficult for Faber because after Alicia shoots her husband in the face, she suddenly goes mute. 

  1. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
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  • Shari Lapena (Author) – Kirsten Potter (Narrator)
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  • 08/23/2016 (Publication Date) – Penguin Audio (Publisher)

Everything started at a dinner party. Anne and Marco Conti seem to be happy and in a loving relationship with their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night, at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed, and the parents are immediately suspected. 

But there’s more to the truth than meets the eye. Inside the curtained house, Detective Rasbach knows that the couple is hiding something. Anne and Marco soon discover that they both have secrets they’ve kept for years. The book is a nerve-racking tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you hooked till the final shocking twist.

  1. Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
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  • Alice Feeney (Author) – Richard Armitage, Stephanie Racine (Narrators)
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  • 09/07/2021 (Publication Date) – Macmillan Audio (Publisher)

Mr and Mrs Wright have been having issues in their marriage for the longest time, and when they win a weekend away to Scotland, they think it might be just what their marriage needs. 

They’re both aware that this weekend will make or mar their marriage but they didn’t just happen to win the trip. One of them is lying and someone doesn’t want the success of the marriage. Ten years of marriage, ten years of secret, and an unforgettable marriage anniversary. Rock Paper Scissors is the best-selling domestic thriller from the New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney.

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
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  • Delia Owens (Author) – Cassandra Campbell (Narrator)
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  • 08/14/2018 (Publication Date) – Penguin Audio (Publisher)

This book is about a young girl Kyla who learns to live on her own in the marshlands of North Carolina after being abandoned by a bungee family. For years, she’s been tagged the ‘Marsh Girl’ and when Chase Andrews winds up dead, she becomes the first suspect. 

But Kyla isn’t a murderer, instead, she’s sensitive and intelligent and has survived on her own for a long time. Then the time comes when she craves love and attention and when two young men from town are captivated by her beauty, she opens herself to a new life until something unthinkable happens.

  1. Defending Jacob by William Landay
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  • William Landay (Author) – Grover Gardner (Narrator)
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  • 01/31/2012 (Publication Date) – Blackstone Audio, Inc. (Publisher)

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for most of his life. He’s respected in the courtroom and at home by his wife, Laurie, and teenage son, Jacob. Then Andy’s quiet life takes a drastic turn when a young boy is stabbed to death and his shy, awkward, and mysterious son, Jacob becomes the suspect. 

Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence, at least any parent would, but the pressure becomes overwhelming, and the pieces of evidence keep popping up. The murder trial threatens to destroy Andy’s family. It is a test for a parent, a test of how well you know your child and how far you’re willing to go to protect them. Andy Barber, a man with his fair share of dark secrets, has it harder.

  1. A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
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  • English (Publication Language)
  • 01/11/2022 (Publication Date) – Macmillan Audio (Publisher)

A Flicker in the Dark follows the story of Chloe Davis, a successful medical psychologist with a turbulent family history. This book explores the difficulties of trauma as Chloe struggles to uncover the truth behind the mysterious murders of different young women. The novel features plot twists and flashbacks that reveal Chloe’s self-discovery while grappling with the tragic deaths of women in her community. 

  1. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
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  • 05/30/2017 (Publication Date) – Listening Library (Publisher)

Five students, Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, Addy, and Simon go to detention and only four of them leave alive. Bronwyn has never broken a rule publicly. Cooper is involved in the baseball diamond. Nate, the bad boy is only one misstep away from a life of crime. Addy is trying her best to hold her life together and Simon, the creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them. 

He died 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. All of them are suspects. All four of them have secrets but how far are they willing to go to protect them?

Conclusion

We’ve made a comprehensive list of the best books with shocking plot twists. Each of these books is carefully chosen to give you the best reading experience. If you’re on the lookout for books with crazy plot twists and are very enthralling, these books are worth reading. 

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