Since reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, readers have been searching for books that can give them the same wallop of a plot twist that will leave them with their jaw on the floor and their head spinning. Nothing is as good as a book hangover and a good twist can really leave you in shock for days. If you’re searching for a book that has a sucker punch reveal or plot twist, here are some books that have some great never-saw-them-coming moments that are impossible to forget!
Valentine by Tom Savage
Jillian Talbot is a suspense author living in Greenwich Village who has a stalker calling himself “Valentine” that leaves her threatening messages. Not only is this menacing man stalking Jillian, but he has killed other women before and Jill is next on his list. As the days towards Valentine’s Day get closer, the threats become more terrifying and Jill must look into her past for the answers as to why this man has targeted her.
The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard
Alison Smith had the perfect life when she attended college in Dublin, until her best friend was murdered by a serial killer and the man she was in love with was arrested and convicted of being the serial killer who haunted Dublin, and was responsible for stalking and murdering women. Now, ten years later another woman is found, murdered in a similar fashion, and the police want to work with Alison’s ex-boyfriend to see if he can help them find this copycat killer. He agrees and offers the police one final confession—but only if he can confess too Alison. Now, Alison must face her past and confront the man she once loved who turned out to be a ruthless killer.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Alicia Berenson hasn’t spoken a single word since she shot her partner in the face five times and has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. She had a seemingly beautiful life and the biggest mystery is what events led her to commit murder. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has been waiting his whole life to work with a patient like Alicia. Determined to get her to speak and unravel the mystery of what happened the night of the murder, Theo finds himself dangerously obsessed with the case and Alicia.
The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott
Rebecca found love at first sight when she met Paul and thought they would live happily ever after. Now, twenty years later, the secrets of the past two decades are threatening to ruin their marriage and their lives. But Paul is cheating—and his mistress begins to stalk the couple. Rebecca’s opiate addiction doesn’t hold her back from coming up with a plan to stop Paul from leaving her when she finds his intentions are to build a new life without her. In a tale of lust, lies, and revenge, this cat-and-mouse game between husband and wife will make you question everything you know about the couple.
White Ivy by Susie Yang
Ivy’s immigrant grandmother taught Ivy at a young age how to steal from yard sales and second-hand stores in order to fit in. Ivy is your typical teenager lusting after the wealthy Gideon until her mother discovers Ivy’s stolen goods and sends her to China. Years later and back in Boston, Ivy runs into Gideon’s sister Sylvia and takes it as a sign the two are meant to be together. As Ivy infiltrates her way into Gideon’s life, someone from her past that knows her better than anyone threatens to shatter the luxurious lifestyle Ivy has fought so hard to achieve.
Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon
Oliver Park is a recovering addict from Indiana who has turned his life around and is now sober and living in DC with his wealthy surgeon partner, Nathan. One evening when Nathan is out of town, Oliver risks his perfect life by going to a gay bathhouse. Once inside, he meets a man and things take a deadly turn with Oliver barely escaping alive. Now, hiding the truth from not only Nathan, but also the police, Oliver has buried himself in a web of lies that could ruin everything.
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
When Ted meets the mysterious and beautiful Lily at an airport, the two share a few too many martinis and Ted tells Lily about his crumbling marriage to his wife Miranda, who he is sure is cheating on him. As the conversation intensifies, Ted admits he wishes he could kill Miranda and Lily offers to help. Once back in Boston, the two grow closer and the drunken confession leads to a murder plot, but Miranda isn’t the only woman in Ted’s life hiding something. Lily has a secret past that could change everything he knows about her.
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on a vacation with her friends and was the only one to return home after a killer murdered all of her friends. After her return with no memory of what happened, the media dubbed her and two other women who survived similar attacks from other vicious killers the “Final Girls.” Although they never met, the women were linked together forever. Now, ten years later, Quincy is leading a seemingly normal life until one of the other final girls shows up at her door and informs her another final girl was found dead. Now, the two must stick together in hopes that they don’t have to face another madman and be the next ones to die. As Quincy lives in fear and has to get used to having Sam around, she must confront her past before it’s too late.
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
It’s been ten years since Jessica Miller graduated from Duquette University. Now, she’s ready to return to show everyone that she’s changed from the girl she was when she graduated. Prior to her graduation, her best friend, Heather Shelby, was brutally murdered and her friend group was shattered. Now, as Jessica reunites with her old friends, the group finds that someone out there is looking for the truth about Heather’s murder and will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of what happened that night.
Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman
Shortly after arriving at Hawthorne College, Malin finds herself in a friend group that will last the whole four years of her college experience. Come Senior Day, secrets and lies bubble to the surface in the friend group, including Malin’s past she’s been trying so hard to keep hidden.
All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
When Margot Davies was six years old, her neighbor January Jacobs vanished and was later found dead in a ditch. Twenty years have passed, and Margot is now returning to her hometown to care for her sick uncle when suddenly another little girl disappears with her case being eerily similar to January’s. Margot is convinced she can finally get answers as to what happened two decades ago and hopefully save a little girl from the same fate.
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
Everyone thinks Claire has the perfect life, but no one truly knows what happens behind closed doors. The beautiful townhouse and the elegant lifestyle can’t make up for her controlling and temperamental husband. When Claire has a chance meeting with another woman in an airport who is also trying to escape from her life, the two decide to switch tickets and go their separate ways on to their new beginnings. When the flight Claire was supposed to be on crashes, Claire takes on the other woman’s life, but soon realizes this may not be the fresh start she was looking for when she realizes what the other woman was really trying to escape.
And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling
After breaking into a house in search of prescription drugs, two teenagers disappear. Emmett Burr is a reclusive man who has been hiding dark secrets in his basement for twenty years. Officer Ben Packard has just returned to the small town of Sandy Lake for a fresh start after a personal tragedy and oversees the investigation into the missing teens. By beginning this investigation, Ben is forced to dig up things from his own past and the long-buried secrets in the small town he once considered home.
First Victim by Debbie Babitt
Alice D. McKerrity is a well-respected judge in Manhattan who thinks she’s seen it all until a defendant charged with murdering a pregnant woman enters her courtroom causing her whole life to unravel. As Alice tries to keep her deepest darkest secret that has haunted her for her entire life from being exposed, her daughter begins her search into finding her biological father.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Throw your assumptions aside with this twisty thriller by the powerful writing duo. In this story, you’ll meet a jealous ex-wife and the beautiful younger woman who is going to marry the man that they both want to call their husband. You may think you’ll know where this is going, but not all is as it appears in this twisty love triangle.
Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier
Paris Peralta has just been arrested for the murder of her famous, wealthy, and much older husband when he is found dead in their bathroom and Paris is holding a straight razor. One would believe that being the prime suspect would be the worst of this situation, but Paris is terrified of the media attention that could expose a past she’s been desperate to keep secret. Someone out there knows who Paris really is and it’s none other than the Ice Queen, Ruby Reyes. Ruby was convicted of a similar murder twenty-five years ago and has just been unexpectedly released from prison.
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