8 Best and Worst Fictional Endings

Happily ever after? What do I look for in an ending and which book finales did I love/hate most?

The most important parts of a fiction book for me are the opening chapter and the last quarter.
I like to be thrown into action or posed a question for the initial hook. I will read a book without these elements, I consider myself a slightly varied reader, but I do prefer them to be there.
For me however, an impactful(!?) ending is non negotiable. I need the pacing to accelerate, big reveals or shocking twists. In my opinion the best books are the ones with plots that are unpredictable but still feasible.

I like to challenge my brain. Untangling a maze of misleads and consequences can tether me to a book for hours on end, just don’t throw in a wild card with no previous ties to characters or story line- that infuriates me, it feels lazy.

A brilliant ending can turn the tide of my favour for any book. I’ll forget all about any moments I spent drifting off or dragging my eyes across the page. An initially bad book can become a decent slow-burner if the pay off at the end feels worth the time invested in earlier details.

I can sacrifice action if the character development is intricate but there still has to be some sort of BANG towards the end. Nothing worse than a book that fizzles out leaving you wondering why you cared. Even predictable but well written reveals or events are preferable to me than none at all.

Here are just a few books with (spoiler free) endings I’ve loved or hated:

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The Ritual – Adam Nevill
Loved- Pacing.

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The Virgin Suicides- Jeffery Euginides
Hated- Uninteresting.

 

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We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
Loved- Surprised.

 

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YOU- Caroline Kepnes
Hated– Lacking.

 

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The Roanoke Girls- Amy Engle
Loved- Stakes.

 

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The Hunger- Alma Katsu
Hated Slow

 

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Bird Box- Josh Malerman
Loved – Intense

 

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The Children’s Home – Charles Lambert
Hated– Unfathomable change of direction.

Do you feel differently about my choices?
Which story endings do you love/hate most?

Tell me..

Do You Re-read Books?

Do you read books more than once? Find out why I can’t.

In my adult life I’m not sure I’ve ever re-read a book. I’ve tried, but never completed any. As a child I made my parents read me the same bath time story every Sunday, as a teenager I was often grounded with nothing but books I already owned to entertain me. Now with an endless supply and instant access to new books I still see so many bloggers talking about re-reading but I can’t seem to do it, lately I’ve been wondering why? Here’s my reasoning…

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#SixForSunday; Books I Want To Re-read

#SixForSunday is a cheerful little prompt created by Steph, to view upcoming themes, join in, or see posts from the master of S4S click here.

I suppose this is a bit of an odd one for me to write as I don’t actually re-read books, there are many reasons behind this which I’ve wrapped up in a neat little post to be shared in the near future. BUT if we’re saying gun to my head, no other books exist and I can only re-read 6 titles of my choosing.. then I guess this is what I’d be reading!

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