I’m beginning to find it more difficult to find books that shock, scare or surprise me, one of my priorities when choosing what to read. I love trying to guess endings and I’m always happiest when I fail to do so.
I agree with the notion that when a book announces a twist, shocking revelation or surprise ending they’ve already eliminated those exact qualities.
We’re prepared for what’s to come and immediately start picking up on any hints and red herrings subconsciously, if not on purpose.
However, there needs to be connections to the end result earlier in the book to make them feasible. When a surprise comes straight out of left field and has no build up it feels lazy and sometimes makes no sense at all.
It’s a very nuanced art and (I assume) extremely difficult to balance the right amount of direction without paving the way to an obvious conclusion.
Often I’ll see reviewers rave about how they ‘never saw it coming’ and secretly roll my eyes, but I’ve also been amazed by revelations other readers had easily predicted.
For me a plot twist is a major factor in any suspense, crime or thriller novel. Done wrong it can leave me indifferent to the books other redeeming qualities. Done right it can rocket a mediocre read to much higher standing.
How do you feel about plot twists?
Do you have any good examples I should read?
In August last year I had my 30th birthday and left my long time career as a fashion retail manager, between these two major events I cashed in HARD on gift vouchers from my loving family and colleagues. I spent these entirely on books -obviously- nobody expected any less of me.
Suddenly my (already extremely long) TBR list was growing at lightning speed! This meant that many of the books I’d been looking forward to got lost amongst over fifty new purchases. Of course my monster TBR increased again over the festive period and I even reached the stage where I wanted for nothing! Upcoming releases excepted.
I’ve made it through the entire first month of the year with almost no purchases! That’s a first for me. Instead, I’m focusing on #SeriesToFinish and a backlist I’m quite certain would beat me in a fist fight.
Here are *just a few* releases I own but didn’t get around to reading last year… Continue reading “2018 -Books I Meant To Read”
Find out which upcoming book release holds a place on my never-ending TBR…
Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Wishful Endings and previously Breaking The Spine. We’re here to spotlight upcoming releases and tell you what we’re most excited to read. Want to join in? Let @Tressa tell you all about it, or keep reading to view my choice this week…
Continue reading “Can’t Wait Wednesday- 30/01”
A big thank you to the wonderful Kelly for tagging me in this challenge with such fun questions! Head over and check out her answers at Paperback Adventures be sure to look around, it’s a fabulous blog ❤
Let’s dive in! Continue reading “‘Would You Rather?’ Challenge: Bookish Edition”
Here it is! I’m a little late as always, but finally sat down to sign up to my most anticipated reading challenge of 2019- Series To Finish! Hosted by Anna @ Reader and Proud, you can find the OP right here.. #SeriesTF2019
Continue reading “Series To Finish 2019- Sign Up & TBR”