NO SPOILERS: 9 books with jaw-dropping twists

Our edit of the best reads that will leave you stunned with their sensational twists.

13/04/2022
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The Club, The Golden Couple and When I Was Ten sit in front of a background of black and red question marks.

There is surely nothing more satisfying in a book than an expertly plotted twist that you never saw coming. 

Here, we share nine books with jaw-dropping twists that you'll be dying to share with friends so you have somebody to talk about THAT moment with. And don't worry, we promise there are no spoilers.


The Golden Couple

by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Book cover for The Golden Couple

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen are the masterly writing duo behind numerous heart-racing thrillers. Their latest, The Golden Couple, has an unbelievable twist buried within its pages. Avery Chambers is a therapist who has lost her licence because of her maverick methods. If she can't fix your problems in ten sessions, she won't take you on. Into the therapy room step golden couple Marissa and Mathew Bishop, golden that is until Marissa's infidelity. From this point, the three of them are on collision course, with submerged secrets that threaten more than just a marriage.

The Club

by Ellery Lloyd

Book cover for The Club

It's the A-list event of the decade: an abandoned island has been repurposed as Island Home, an exclusive luxury getaway. It's the jewel in the crown of the Home Group, a collection of private members' clubs, and everyone wants to be on the list. But as the guests begin to assemble, things take a deadly turn. It turns out that the beautiful people are harbouring some pretty ugly secrets, and would do anything to hold on to their reputations. This whodunnit will keep you guessing, with a number of unexpected twists and turns. 

The Interview

by C. M. Ewan

Book cover for The Interview

It is Friday, 5 p.m. You're being interviewed for the job you always wanted, in an office thirteen floors above the city. There's nobody else around but you and the interviewer, and their questions are getting stranger and more unsettling. Your fear is rising, and the only route out is to answer a seemingly impossible question . . . Twists and turns come thick and fast in this read, leaving you jaw-dropped at the end of every chapter. 

When I Was Ten

by Fiona Cummins

Book cover for When I Was Ten

Dr Richard Carter and his wife were murdered in what was one of the most infamous double murders of the modern age. Their daughter, ten-year-old Sara Carter, spent eight years in a children’s secure unit for the crime and is now living a quiet life under an assumed name with a family of her own. On the anniversary of the crime, journalist Brinley Booth is tasked with tracking down Sara and her older sister Shannon. But Brinley isn’t just a journalist – she’s also the sisters’ childhood friend. And confronting what really happened on the night of the murders will have consequences for them all. The twists in this dark read will leave you not knowing which characters to believe. 

The Woman in White

by Wilkie Collins

Book cover for The Woman in White

The incredible twist in this classic read is just as impactful now as it was when the story was first published. On a moonlit London night, art teacher Walter Hartwright meets a young woman – beautiful, terrified and dressed entirely white – alone on the street. Compelled to help this piteous creature, he finds himself caught up in a world of secrets, murder and madness, with an impossible mystery to solve.

The Man Who Didn't Call

by Rosie Walsh

Book cover for The Man Who Didn't Call

This heart-wrenching love story comes with a shocking twist. Sarah and Eddie have just spent seven perfect days together, falling head over heels in love and talking about a future together that Sarah can’t wait to start. But then Eddie goes on holiday and never calls again. Sarah can’t believe that she’s been ghosted and refuses to move on – she is certain that something has happened to him. When Sarah finds out that there is a reason for Eddie’s silence, the truth is more painful than she could have ever imagined.

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Book cover for Gone Girl

You might already be familiar with this one, as Gone Girl became a global sensation as a consequence of its truly jaw-dropping twist. Nick and Amy Dunne have the perfect marriage, or so it seems. When Amy goes missing, suspicion falls on Nick who adamantly protests his innocence. As Nick starts a personal investigation into his wife’s disappearance, the dark and twisted secrets that lay at the heart of their marriage start to come to light. 

The Other Black Girl

by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Book cover for The Other Black Girl

As the only Black employee at Wagner Books, Nella Rogers is thrilled when Hazel starts working alongside her. They hit it off straight away and it certainly seems that working life at the office is only going to get better. But then Nella receives a sinister note. As disturbing incidents start to escalate, Nella starts to wonder if they're connected to Hazel's appearance. . . The Other Black Girl is a razor-sharp piece of social commentary as well as being a dynamic thriller full of twists and turns to leave you on the edge of your seat.

We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart

Book cover for We Were Liars

This suspenseful read has absolutely blown up on TikTok where readers can't stop gushing about the unexpected twist at the heart of the story. Every year, the rich and privileged Sinclair family holiday together on a private island. But two summers ago, one of the teenagers, Cadence, suffered a traumatic head injury so severe that she lost her memory of what exactly happened, and nobody in the family wants to talk about it . . . Cadence is determined to find out what happened that summer and the truth will change her life unalterably.


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