Books that I like that have plot twists that will leave you sitting there like ”wow what just happened”, to prepare you for the inevitable surprises that life will throw at you (we miss you, Alice).
Kept it fairly brief to avoid spoilers (don’t say I don’t spoil you lololol sorry).
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Wowww, I did not see that one coming. 10/10.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
Much shock, many falls. (but overall a very honest account of living with mental health, destigmatisation etc)
Beautiful You – Chuck Palahniuk
Definitely not his best work, but what I took to be a fairly disturbing parody/satire version of Fifty Shades. Gets pretty weird by the end, but an interesting take on sexuality/femininity/commercialisation of sex and liberation and power blah blah.
The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins – Irvine Welsh
Unfortunately not actually about the sex lives of Siamese twins. A good read nonetheless. Also, probably add Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance to the list, it was equally as disturbing.
The Lie – Chad Kultgen
Very stereotypical gender/high school tropes, which kind of adds to the story I guess and is typical of his writing, but JESUS this was a rollercoaster from start to finish.
Strange Animals – Chad Kultgen (basically anything written by him, he’s awesome and disgusting, especially if you are a Chuck Palahniuk fan. Really honest, complex blah blah)
Lol that ending. Makes for a great debate around religion and radicalisation/abortion/gender, and Kultgen does not hold back, so be prepared for a very graphic and pretty vulgar read.
Kill Your Friends – John Niven
A decent read, especially if you like Irvine Welsh’s style. Can’t remember what happens in this, other than that it’s about the 90’s music industry and I couldn’t put it down.
The First Bad Man – Miranda July
I have no idea how I found this book, and I almost wish I hadn’t because it was SO WEIRD. I don’t even know if I could genuinely recommend this to anyone based on merit, but if you want something unexpected then go ahead.
And, obviously –
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
I actually read most of this while I was really high in Amsterdam, and (LOL) found myself really relating to Amy in the first part of the book (I told my ex boyfriend this and we lolled happily for a while). Haaaa hahahahaha. An awesome twist though.
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
If you haven’t seen the film yet, then please read the book first, it was so much better. Not the most groundbreaking piece of literature, but I finished it in one sitting and I’m kind of ashamed that I couldn’t work out what was going.