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8 Thrillers with Twists you (probably) Won't See Coming | Thriller Book Recommendations

I am going to recommend some thrillers that have twists that I didn't see coming. And you might almost not see them coming, but if you do then you're a lot smarter than I am. 😉


I know some people say, 'If you say a book has a twist then that would be a spoiler' and I agree - with certain genres. However, when it comes to thrillers, I like to know beforehand if it does have a twist.


I like twisty thrillers even though I know that not every thriller has a twist, twisty thrillers are my favorite, and actually, if I see someone giving a book review and they say “This book has a twist that I did NOT see coming” then guaranteed I am going to want to read that.


If you're like me and you like thrillers with a lot of twists and turns then hopefully you'll find some good recommendations through this post. I'm not going to tell you what the twists are because I'm not stupid and I'm also going to be as vague as I can be in terms of I'm not going to tell you whether there's one big twist or several smaller twists if that makes sense.


If you have any recommendations for thrillers that you enjoyed and have amazing twists, please let me know in the comments because I'm always on the lookout for a book that will surprise me.



8 Thrillers with Twists you (probably) won't see coming | Thriller Book Recommendations
8 Thrillers with Twists you (probably) won't see coming | Thriller Book Recommendations



1) The One by John Marrs


This has recently been adapted into a TV show by Netflix however I would say they are quite different - the book and the TV show. Even though they have the same concept, the characters from what I remember and the general plot are completely different.


This book is set around 10 years in the future when this company has come up with a way of testing people to find soul mates. Essentially you send off a swab of your DNA and this company will enter it into their database if your soulmate has also sent off a swap of their DNA then they'll match you and they'll put you in touch and it's completely changed the way the modern dating is and the book follows 5 different characters who have all just received an email to say that their match has been found.


The 5 storylines are very different and they each look at a different way that this discovery has changed society. If you like the TV show Black Mirror then I would recommend this because it gave me a very similar vibe. It's quite dark in places I will say, if you're not okay with graphic violence then this is probably not the book for you.


The chapters are quite short and even though it's a relatively long book from what I can remember I read it quite quickly because I am not joking when I say that there's a cliffhanger at the end of every single chapter and I could not put it down.


2) Lock Every Door by Riley Sager


This follows a woman who I guess her name is Jules if I remember correctly and she's in a bit of a desperate situation you learn at the start of the book. She's found out that her boyfriend has been cheating on her, she's homeless, and she's living on her friend's couch and she applies for this job as an apartment sitter.


The book is set in New York and there's this beautiful grand old building that's home to a lot of celebrities and a lot of famous people live there. This building is hiring apartment sitters people who will live in the empty apartments for a few months and they will get huge money for doing it. She accepts this job because it seems too good to be true and we all know, as I have said already if a situation seems too good to be true then it probably is.


On her first day, she meets another apartment sitter and this other apartment sitter tells her that there's something not quite right with what's going on in this building Jules is like “No you're paranoid, it's fine. I've just got to stay here for 3 months and then I'm going to pocket the money.”


But then the next day she finds out this apartment sitter friend that she's made is now missing and Jules starts to investigate what is going on because it seems like other apartment sitters in this building are also going missing. I raced through this book, I think it's quite short as well which is probably why I'm pretty sure I finished it in a day once you get into it I don't know whether I would say that it's fast-paced but it's very absorbing.


I was interested in finding out what the hell was going on in this apartment and looking back, the clues there. I don't know, looking back I feel like I should have guessed what was going on but I couldn't.


One thing I will say about this book though is the main character was a little frustrating and the decisions she made weren't always the decisions that I would make or I would have made in that situation.


However, because she was in this desperate situation where she was homeless and she had nowhere else to go I was able to overlook certain things. Otherwise, I gave this book 5 stars and I have read one of Riley Sager's other books Home Before Dark and I gave it 5 stars too I want to go back and read some of their other books.


3) The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware


This book is written in a very unique way I think. Because it follows a woman who is in prison - you learn in the very first chapter - and she's writing to a lawyer from prison begging for help because she says that she is guilty of something but she's not guilty of what they have accused her of.


Then the book flicks back in time because this woman is telling her story and the events that led up to her being in prison and how she accepted this job working as a nanny for a family who lives in this beautiful house, in the Scottish Highlands.


The job seemed too good to be true, and as we all know, quite often when it seems too good to be true it probably is. When she arrives at the house things start to happen and the kids she's meant to be looking after aren't quite the angels that she was led to believe they would be it's one of those tropes, those situations, where you're not sure, is the house haunted?


Is there something supernatural going on or is there a much simpler explanation? This book was creepy and the atmosphere was 10 out of 10.


I can't remember the last time I read a thriller that made me scared and it's the kind of book that you probably don't want to read when you're alone in the house or late at night because it was creepy.


I'm pretty sure that I finished this in a day because once I got into it. It is quite a slow build-up I would say but once I got into it, I had to know what was going to happen, I couldn't put it down and it keeps you guessing right up until the last page, like, literally the last page.


The ending I think some people would love - I loved the ending I know some people didn't like the ending and I can see why I think it is a bit like Marmite in that you will love it or hate it, but I did not see the ending coming and if you are interested in a book like that is going to have you on the edge of your seat for the whole book right up until the very end then I would recommend this one.


4) Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly


It starts by following a woman called Ava who is the daughter of the director of this Russian Ballet School in London and she's just been given the lead role in the production of Swan Lake which is a role that most dancers would kill for and throughout the first section of the book you're following Ava as she begins to feel like someone may be out to get her and someone is waiting to “watch her fall,” hence the title.


Then in the middle of the book, I was a little bit confused because it seemed to be going off in this completely random direction however the way that all the threads started to come together I loved and even though it did have a slower build-up and it was slow throughout the book I would say it is a slower-paced thriller but it was the kind of thriller that, I couldn't put it down because I was invested in the story and wanting to learn what was going on with these characters.


I also loved that even though I didn't know anything about ballet it made me feel like I was being absorbed into this ballet school and that I was there and I could feel the tension and the political undertones and everything that was going on with the working of this ballet company. I thought that was done well.


5) The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond.


This came out last year I think it was and it came out around the same time as another book that was also called The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond. I don't own a physical copy I have an e-book.

This follows a woman who is watching the news one day when she sees this article come on, this story's talking about a girl in a seaside town who has gone missing. Straight away she recognizes the name of this town because it's the town where she grew up and where when she was a teenager another girl went missing and she knew more than she let on but she ran away and never looked back.


However, seeing this story on the news she starts to think maybe they're connected and she decides to go back to her hometown to confront what happened back then. This is a difficult one because up until a certain point I was enjoying this book but it was just fine and then it hit a certain point and it completely surprised me.


And I think that actually if you're looking to get into thrillers then this could be an amazing book to start with because even though it does have some common thriller tropes, like, the whole woman going back to her hometown to confront her past.


That is quite a common trope that you see in thrillers, however, I think it puts a unique spin on it and, as I said, I read thrillers pretty often and did not see the ending to this book coming. The tension and the way that it concluded was done well.


6) No Exit by Taylor Adams.


This follows a woman called Darby who is driving home from college to visit her mom in the hospital and as she's driving through the mountains she gets stuck in this snowstorm.


There's a blizzard outside and she has to pull over into this rest stop at this rest stop there are several people there and she pops in and says, "Hi" but then she goes outside with her phone to try and get the signal to make a phone call and as she's wandering around the car park she notices a handprint in the back door of a van and as she investigates she finds that there's a child locked in a cage in the back of this van.


She starts to suspect that there's a child abductor at this rest stop. The book follows her as she tries to survive the night because the emergency services have said they can't come out to them until probably the morning.


This is one of those thrillers where you have to suspend disbelief because some of the stuff that happens in it is not that believable but I still had a great time reading it, I'm not going to lie. I think if you are looking for a fast-paced thriller with lots of action and you're okay with a bit of blood and gore then I think it would be a good read for you.


I read it in one sitting because I was reading it for a book club and I can remember the discussion for the book club was on Sunday and I started it on a Saturday thinking I was not going to finish this in time but I did and I enjoyed it.


Next on my list is a book that I didn't love but it is popular and I know a lot of people love this book, when I think back on it, I did think that the twists were done well I would still recommend it.


7) The Guest List by Lucy Foley.


The story takes place on an island where a wedding is about to happen and it's a very exclusive wedding because the bride is a magazine editor at a popular magazine and the groom is a TV presenter if I'm remembering correctly.


At the start of the book, you learn that someone has died at the wedding reception but you don't know who then the book flicks back to the day before and you follow all these different characters and you see the events that lead up to this and you're trying to work out throughout the book not only who the murderer is but also who has died.


I think that was where I didn't personally *love* this book because I didn't like any of the characters and usually I am a very plot-driven reader anyway when it comes to thrillers but because the whole point of this book is that you're trying to work out who died.


However, when it was revealed I did think that the way the story fits together was quite clever and there were certain things that I did not see coming. I also love books that have isolated settings and the atmosphere in this book I did think was done very well.


I've heard a few people compare it to Agatha Christie's books and I've never read an Agatha Christie book I can't say how accurate that is but I know that a lot of people who have read this have compared the two maybe if you like Agatha Christie then you would also like this book.


Also if you don't mind reading about rich people who aren't polite then I think that you would enjoy this as well. There's a lot of drama and I think it started to edge into “too much” for me. But I know that some people love that and sometimes I do love it to be fair.


Yeah, I think if you like rich people drama then you would enjoy this book too.


Those are all the standalone books on my list and then I wanted to mention a couple of other book series I enjoy purely because they are twisty.


8) DI Adam Fawley series by Cara Hunter.

The first book in this series is Close to Home it follows a child who has gone missing. Throughout this series, you're following this team of detectives as they investigate these different crimes.


In the first book, they're investigating after these parents have reported their child is missing they had a party and they noticed at the end of the night, as the guests were leaving, that their child wasn't there and - it sounds very generic I know, but honestly this book series, in general, is twisty and there are many turns.


I read the first four books in this series in the space of a week because I read the first book and then I thought “Okay wow that was amazing” and then I had to pick up the next book and then the next book and I think that still to this day the fourth book in the series is my favorite.


You could technically read them all as standalone but I think that you do get more from reading them in order because you are following the same team of detectives and you get to know them as the series goes on. I would recommend this one if you like crime thrillers.


Bonus: Eddie Flynn by Steve Cavanagh


Another book series that I haven't completed, I have read books 4 and 5 because it's another series where you don't have to read the books in order. They work as stand-alone but that is the Eddie Flynn series by Steve Cavanagh.


I've mentioned his books on my blog because I love them. In this series, you're following a lawyer called Eddie Flynn who used to be a con artist but now he works as a lawyer and you're following a different case that he's working on in each book.


The first book in the series I read was Thirteen, which I think is the 4th book, and that - the whole tagline behind the book, which honestly is what sold it to me. The tagline is “The serial killer isn't on trial, they're on the jury.”


It follows a serial killer who manages to worm their way onto the jury of the trial of someone who is on trial for the murder they committed. I don't know if I've explained that very well but the other book in the series I've read which I read earlier this year.


I think I read it in January and that was Fifty Fifty it follows two sisters who have both accused each other of murdering their father and the suspect that one of them has done it but you don't know who and Eddie Flynn is representing one of the sisters and honestly, the way that I went back and forth throughout this book was crazy, I thought it was done well and I thought it was well written in the way that either of those sisters could have been the murderer. But you don't know who it is and it was entertaining trying to work out - even though it was impossible.


I could not work out who it was. I have the first book in this series and the second book may be on my Kindle. I want to go back and read them and read the series in order even though I have heard that the earlier books in this series aren't as good and Thirteen is where it gets going. But if there are any more books in the series, which I think there will be, I would be reading them because I think I gave Thirteen and Fifty Fifty 5 stars.


Thirteen in particular I stayed awake until 2 a.m. to finish that book because I kept trying to sleep and I couldn't. I couldn't fall asleep because my mind was going and going and like “Oh but what is happening, what's going to happen.”


Wrap up:


I can't remember how that book ends because I was reading it like a zombie, trying to, stay awake, but also not being able to sleep if that makes sense? Those are all the books I recommend if you are looking for thrillers with some good twists and turns. As I said, let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations for me.


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