I contacted various authors this month who wrote LGBT+ fiction and whose latest book was fit for the month of Halloween. Two of them chose the Top Ten Tuesday Halloween Freebie for next week, so I figured I'd post one today and the other next Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Twist Endings
by Brent Hartinger
I'm a huge fan of twist endings in books (at least when they're done fairly, and the author doesn't cheat). Here are a few of my favorites:
Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge: Just in time for Halloween, a horror novel that will make you never look at pumpkins the same way again.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: How reliable is this narrator exactly? The most interesting way to read this classic is as a story of a woman who has some serious projection issues when it comes to sex.
Follow You Home by Mark Edwards: This is a case of a book where I don't think the author plays entirely fair, withholding information that the narrator knows but doesn't reveal to the reader until the very end. But I still couldn't put it down.
Shattering Glass by Gail Giles: A kid is bullied. By the end of the book, someone gets shattered, but it's not necessarily who you think!
The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner: A smart, cleanly-written domestic thriller set near Seattle (where I live).
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: I'm one of those who hated the ending of this book, because it requires characters to act in crazy, unbelievable ways. But the mid-book twist where the alternating narrators are both revealed to be extremely unreliable is hands-down brilliant.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card: Unfortunately, the author is a raging bigot, so I would discourage you from buying this sci-fi book (get it from a library instead). Regardless, the ending will blow your mind.
The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne: One twin dies, and the parents take the surviving child to live on an isolated island. Creepy things ensue. Is the ending far-fetched? Perhaps, but it still worked for me.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk: Yeah, yeah, everyone knows the twist ending by now. But it's still a good one.
Grand and Humble by Brent Hartinger: I hate to include one of my own books, but [ahem] I'm especially proud of this twist, which (as far as I know) has never been done before, in any book or movie. And no one -- and I mean NO ONE -- has ever guessed it correctly.