My Favorite Plot Twists

I love a good twisty moment in a book but I will admit I don’t go out actively seeking them. This is because I tend to be a pretty oblivious person at the best of times and small details fly far, far over my head while I hum along, blissfully ignorant below. Hi, I’m Dory.

As a character trait, it makes things like walking down a hallway without banging my elbows on doorknobs something of an adventure. But it also means that I tend to miss little instances of foreshadowing, so when the big plot reveal happens I am genuinely excited and really didn’t see it coming. Here are some books/authors who gave me a nice surprise.

Romance:

Kresley Cole pulls out some masterful twists in her epic, multi-layered world building. I think my favorite so far has been Josephine’s big power reveal to Rune in Sweet Ruin. For just a second I wanted to jump into the book to do a touchdown dance and rub it in Rune’s face a little (okay, a LOT).

Horror:

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson is kind of the gold standard of plot twists for horror. If you haven’t read it, I really recommend giving it a try. Yes, even if you don’t like horror. Don’t worry, the gore factor is very low. This is more an examination of what it means to be human, the origin of myths, and what it costs to stay human when there are no other humans around you. All in a novella.

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King gets a mention just because everything you think is going to go right, goes exactly wrong, and King barely gives you time to catch your balance. So. Much. Fun.

The Girl With All the Gifts M. R. Carey is on the list just for Melanie. She brings around the only possible ending to a lot of suffering by initiating one hell of a twist.

YA Fantasy

Tamora Pierce pulls the biggest bait-and-switch in her Trickster’s Duology. Then a huge doozy of a twist in the finale of her Beka Cooper trilogy (this is aside from, you know, the regular murder and magic and mayhem twists in all three books). I’m 99.9% sure she sits there in front of her computer cackling when she comes up with these ideas, and enjoys the squishy feeling of our crushed hearts in her palms.

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