Books With Endings That Left Us Shook


There’s something to be said about a book that leaves its readers absolutely shook when they close the book for the final time. Remember that twist in Gone Girl? Yeah, I’m talking about THAT kind of ending – the kind of ending that throws even the most attentive readers for a loop. If you’re looking for a book with an ending that will leave you thinking about what the *expletive deleted* you just read for the next month and a half, this is the (spoiler-free!) list for you!


The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

Synopsis: Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him. They are meant to be. The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants. True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

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A Version of the Truth by BP Walter

Synopsis: A devastating secret has simmered beneath the surface for over twenty-five years. Now it’s time to discover the truth. But what if you’re afraid of what you might find? Jumping between 2019 and 1990, A Version of the Truth is a surprising and shocking thriller that is sure to make you start looking at the people in your life a liiiiiittle differently…

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No Exit by Taylor Adams

Synopsis: On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers. Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate. Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?

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The Secretary by Renée Knight

Synopsis: From her first day as Personal Assistant to the celebrated Mina Appleton, Christine Butcher understands what is expected of her. Absolute loyalty. Absolute discretion. For twenty years, Christine has been a most devoted servant, a silent witness to everything in Mina’s life. So quiet, you would hardly know she is there. Day after day, year after year, Christine has been there, invisible—watching, listening, absorbing all the secrets floating around her. Keeping them safe. Christine is trusted. But those years of loyalty and discretion come with a high price. And eventually Christina will pay. Yet, it would be a mistake to underestimate such a steadfast woman as Christine. Because as everyone is about to discover, there’s a dangerous line between obedience and obsession.

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The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Synopsis: During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves. The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps. Now, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.

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The Stranger In Our Home by Sophie Draper

Synopsis: When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in the rural English countryside. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again. But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do. As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?

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The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath

Synopsis: On a night out, four friends witness a stranger in trouble. They decide to do nothing to help. Later, a body washes up on the banks of the Thames – and the group realises that ignoring the woman has left blood on their hands. But why did each of them refuse to step in? Why did none of them want to be noticed that night? Who is really responsible?

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Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Synopsis: From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, 16 years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 9-1-1 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime. But what in this beautiful home has gone so terribly bad?

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What books left you absolutely flabbergasted, Savvy Readers? Have you ever been so surprised by a book that you immediately picked it back up and started reading it again to see what clues you missed? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy reading,


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3 thoughts on “Books With Endings That Left Us Shook

  1. Excellent selections! I’ve read some of these and I totally agree about the surprise endings. The rest are going on my TBR! Thanks for the recommendations.

  2. The ending (or non-ending) of The Perfect Girlfriend didn’t leave me shook, it left me mad! So disappointing when a book doesn’t provide a meaningful wrap up.

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