Jackie says, “I love books with complicated plots and unexpected endings. What is your favourite book with a fantastic twist at the end?”
So, today’s question is in two parts.
1. Do YOU like books with complicated plots and unexpected endings?
2. What book with a surprise ending is your favorite? Or your least favorite?
My answer to the first part, “do I like complicated plots and unexpected endings?” is a resounding YES! I think it’s one of the things I liked best about Dune. All the intrigues and plots and subplots made it like taking a long trip down a winding road and checking out all the historical markers, garage sales, and tourist traps along the way. I hate reading a book where I know what’s going to happen, it really takes a lot of the fun out of it. Maybe that’s one of the things I didn’t like about The Blue Notebook, none of it was a surprise… except just how far human depravity can go.
As for what book with a surprise ending is my favorite, I’d say The Book Thief is my favorite book. I don’t know whether it was a “surprise” because we know Liesel is going to die by page 3, and yet… somehow… her death is still a shock, like when a person with cancer dies in a car crash. You knew their end was coming, but when it happens it’s a shock. It wasn’t the fact she died, but the how and what all happened in the book before that. I actually cried for several minutes, and couldn’t start a new book for a few days because of how much emotions it had wrought in me. That’s why The Book Thief is my all-time favorite book. I’ve never had a book reach me so deeply.
As for my least favorite “surprise ending” book, that’d be BoneMan’s Daughters. By the time the end came, I was hating the book so bad, there was nothing Dekker could do to bring me back. I’d lost my willing suspension of disbelief, so the ending was ridiculous to me.
So how about you? Do you like complicated and twisty books? What’s your favorite surprise ending?
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