Books with Twist Endings

Make sure to read to the end of the books on this month's list to find out the surprises in store for you!

Nothing beats a great story except a great story with an unexpected twist ending. Here are 25 stories, both old and new, each with one similar thread: All stories come with an unexpected ending. So, strap in, bear down, and get ready for the unexpected!

Digital book (DB, DBC), braille (BR), and large print (LT) copies of these titles are available from the Perkins Library or the Worcester Talking Book Library. Please contact the library to order any of these books.

Prepared by Erin Fragola

Outreach Coordinator

Perkins Library

The Absolutist

by John Boyne

DB 75271, Available as BARD Download

England, 1919. Veteran Tristan Sadler returns from France bearing a packet of his comrade Will Bancroft’s letters, which he delivers to Will’s family. As Tristan recounts his wartime experience, the truth of his relationship with Will—and Will’s death—come to light. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2011.

The Absolutist, DB 75271

An Anonymous Girl

by Greer Hendricks

DB 93639, LT 25273, Available as BARD Download

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But the questions grow more and more intense and the sessions become scripted outings. 2019.

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And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

DB 11077, DB 52972 (Spanish), DBG 11027 (French), LT 18019, available as BARD Download

Ten oddly-assorted people find themselves the houseguests of an invisible host who slowly begins killing them one by one. 1939.

Download And Then There Were None, DB 11077

Download Spanish, And Then There Were None, DB 52972

Download French, And Then There Were None, DBG 11027

Call Me Evie

by J.P. Pomare

DB 94442, Available as BARD Download

Seventeen-year-old Kate Bennet is being held captive in an isolated cabin in a remote New Zealand beach town—brought there by a mysterious man named Bill. He calls her Evie and tells her he’s protecting her because she did something terrible one night in Melbourne. 2019.

Download Call Me Evie, DB 94442

Dark Places

by Gillian Flynn

DB 69251, BR 19988, Available as BARD Download

Twenty-five years ago Libby’s brother was convicted of murdering their mother and sisters. When the well-wishers’ trust fund that she’s been subsisting on runs dry, thirty-one-year-old Libby takes money from a group that is trying to prove her brother’s innocence. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Download Dark Places, DB 69251

Download Braille, Dark Places, BR 19988

The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins

DB 80635, BR 20688, LT 18254, Available as BARD Download

Rachel’s train commute to London passes her former house—now inhabited by her ex-husband and his new family. She also observes a happy young neighboring couple—but then the wife goes missing. Rachel believes she witnessed a critical clue, but her alcoholic blackouts make her an unreliable witness. 2015.

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Download The Girl on the Train, BR 20688

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

DB 74888, BR 19868, LT 14278, Available as BARD Download

Nick and Amy alternate telling the story of their troubled marriage, their move from New York to Nick’s Missouri hometown, and Amy’s disappearance on their fifth wedding anniversary. As clues begin to implicate Nick, he learns more about Amy. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012.

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The Good Girl

by Mary Kubica

DB 79470, Available as BARD Download

The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge—inner-city art teacher Mia Dennett—is taken hostage by a man she meets in a bar. But instead of delivering her to the men who planned the abduction, he hides with her in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota. Strong language and some violence. 2014.

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In a Dark, Dark Wood

by Ruth Ware

DB 82625, BR 21161, LT 19720, Available as BARD Download

Twenty-six-year-old British crime-fiction writer Leonora Shaw is shocked to be invited to her long-estranged friend’s hen party. Soon after their arrival at the remote glass house in the woods, it becomes obvious that someone besides the invitees is on the property. Then Leonora awakens in the hospital. Strong language and some violence. 2015.

Download In a Dark, Dark Wood, DB 82625

Download Braille, In a Dark, Dark Wood, BR 21161

In Pale Battalions

by Robert Goddard

DB 29081, Available as BARD Download

Novel set in England during and after World War I. Tells the story of three generations: the two Leonoras, mother and child—and their husbands, both handsome, adoring, young army officers—and Penelope, who unravels the twisted skeins of her mother’s and grandmother’s past to discover herself. 1988.

Download In Pale Battalions, DB 29081

The Innocent

by Harlan Coben

DB 60873, Available as BARD Download

Paralegal Matt Hunter, who served time for manslaughter, receives a video of his pregnant wife in a hotel with another man. Meanwhile New Jersey homicide investigator Loren Muse finds evidence tying Matt to the murder of a nun. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

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Into the Water

by Paula Hawkins

DB 87699, BR 21897, Available as BARD Download

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. Now the woman’s lonely fifteen-year-old girl is left with her mother’s fearful sister—who has been dragged back to this place she ran away from. 2017.

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Download Into the Water, BR 21897

Just One Look

by Harlan Coben

DB 58163, Available as BARD Download

Well-ordered happy lives are upended when Grace Lawson finds among current family snapshots a compromising picture of her husband taken twenty years ago. First he disappears, shaken, after Grace confronts him, and then a serial killer infiltrates the quiet neighborhood. Some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

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The Mother-in-Law

by Sally Hepworth

DB 94881, LT 26191, Available as BARD Download

When Lucy met her husband’s mother five years ago, she knew she wasn’t the wife Diana had envisioned for her perfect son. Now Diana is dead, with a suicide note claiming she had cancer. The autopsy finds no cancer—but it does find evidence of poison and suffocation. 2019.

Download The Mother-in-Law, DB 94881

Mystic River

by Dennis Lehane

DB 51758, LT 570, DVD 764, Available as BARD Download

Sean, Jimmy, and Dave were eleven when Dave was briefly abducted from a Boston slum. Twenty-five years later, ex-con Jimmy’s daughter is murdered and Dave becomes a suspect. Sean, now a homicide detective, is assigned to the case. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2001.

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Never Look Away

by Linwood Barclay

DB 71782, Available as BARD Download

Following a lead in upstate New York, small-town reporter David Harwood visits an amusement park with his wife Jan and small son Ethan. After Ethan’s stroller disappears with him in it, a frantic David finds him—only to realize that Jan is now missing. Violence and strong language. 2010.

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The Perfect Liar

by Thomas Christopher Greene

DB 93377, Available as BARD Download

Susannah, a young widow and single mother, marries a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career takes her and her fifteen-year-old son to a quiet Vermont university town. Then one morning she finds a note on her door which reads “I know who you are.” 2019.

The Perfect Liar, DB 93377

Sharp Objects

by Gillian Flynn

DB 63109, BR 16931, Available as BARD Download

Chicago reporter Camille Preaker, recently treated for psychological problems, arrives in her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate the murders of two preteen girls. Camille sees her mother and thirteen-year-old half-sister for the first time in years. But events from the past overwhelm her. Some violence. 2006.

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Download Braille, Sharp Objects, BR 16931

Shutter Island

by Dennis Lehane

DB 63109, BR 14802, Available as BARD Download

The events of four strange days in late summer 1954, when two U.S. marshals arrive on tiny Shutter Island to investigate a female patient’s disappearance from a locked room in the asylum for the criminally insane. And that is only one aspect of the case. Some strong language. 2003.

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Download Braille, Shutter Island, BR 14802

Tell No One

by Harlan Coben

DB 52602, Available as BARD Download

New York City pediatrician David Beck’s wife and lifelong sweetheart, Elizabeth, was tragically murdered eight years ago by a serial killer. Or so he thought. But the young doctor suddenly begins receiving mysterious e-mails containing information only Elizabeth would know. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2001.

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Up in the Air

by Walter Kirn

DB 53856, Available as BARD Download

Ryan Bingham travels from city to city across America performing a job he hates—firing people. He is a citizen of “Airworld,” a parallel universe of airplanes, airports, chain food, rent-a-cars, suite hotels. He is close to attaining his frequent-flier goal—one million bonus miles—before he quits or is fired himself. Some strong language. 2001.

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Whispers and Lies

by Joy Fielding

DB 55354, BR 14715, Available as BARD Download

Nurse Terry Painter lives a quiet life in Delray, Florida. She rents out her backyard cottage to Alison Simms and becomes friends with her. Soon, however, Terry begins to suspect that Alison and her just arrived “brother” are trying to trap her in a web of whispers and lies. 2002.

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The Wife Between Us

by Greer Hendricks

DB 86959, LT 23288, Available as BARD Download

A tangled love triangle isn’t what it seems. An exploration of the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths often ignored in the name of love. 2018.

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The Woman in the Window

by A.J. Finn

DB 90036, BR 22163, LT 23630, Available as BARD Download

Heavily medicated for PTSD-induced agoraphobia, Anna Fox has spent the past ten months trapped in her Harlem home. She spends her time spying on neighbors, drinking, and watching movies. When she witnesses a murder, no one believes such an unreliable witness. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2018.

Download The Woman in the Window, DB 90036

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The Woods

by Harlan Coben

DB 64554, Available as BARD Download

A homicide forces widowed Newark, New Jersey, county prosecutor Paul Copeland to confront past tragedy. Twenty years ago, two teenagers were murdered at summer camp and two others, including Paul’s sister, disappeared. Paul reconnects with a long-lost love to learn the truth. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Download The Woods, DB 64554