7 thrillers with mind-blowing twists

Think that twists in thrillers are predictable? Try these, and we guarantee that even if you do manage to work out the twist before it arrives, you won't be disappointed.

1. Behind Her Eyes - Sarah Pinborough

1. Behind Her Eyes - Sarah Pinborough

David and Adele seem to have the perfect marriage, but appearances can be deceiving. When David's new secretary Louise becomes a part of their life, she has no way of knowing how far a couple will go to protect their secrets.

What Mumsnetters said:

“What a book! I totally didn't expect the ending. I love this type of read – brilliant characters.”

“You really won't get the ending until you are almost there and then the truth hits hard and shocks to the core. Oh my god!”

“I keep thinking about this book – it really messes with your head.”

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2. I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh

2. I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh

When Jenna moves to the Welsh coast after a hit and run accident, she believes it's the fresh start she desperately needs, but the memory of the accident continues to haunt her and soon she must face the past she's been trying to escape.

What Mumsnetters said:

“I was totally riveted by I Let You Go. I loved the use of different perspectives and the twist was completely surprising.”

“When the twist came I was totally shocked and I had to re-read it several times as I thought I'd made a mistake.”

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3. Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty

3. Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty

Previously featured as a Mumsnet Book of the Month, Apple Tree Yard is a brilliantly addictive combination of courtroom drama, crime thriller and literary psychological novel. It tells the story of Yvonne, a well-known geneticist caught up in a lie that spirals out of control. Read the book before catching up with the televised series on iPlayer.

What Mumsnetters said:

“Apple Tree Yard is one of those books that made me think – how does this writer know all this stuff? It was so insightful and accurate and empathetic.”

“This is one of the most compelling books I've read for years. I found it very hard to put down.”

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4. We Were Liars - Elizabeth Lockhart

4. We Were Liars - Elizabeth Lockhart

Elizabeth Lockhart's prize-winning young adult novel revolves around the wealthy Sinclair family, who spend every summer gathered on their private island. After a serious injury in her fifteenth year, Cadence loses her memory. When she finally revisits the island, her old friendship group re-emerges and memories begin to return, too.

What Mumsnetters said:

“It didn't take me long to get engrossed in this book and as it progressed I couldn't put it down. Not my usual type of reading material but it was great, with a twist at the end that was totally unexpected (but don't go peeking at the last couple of chapters because that is cheating and will completely ruin the whole book).”

“Just finished this and wept like a fool. I think the book will stay with me – as soon as I finished I re-read it just as the blurb predicted.” Buy It Now

5. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

5. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

It's been more than four years since the release of Flynn’s bestselling novel Gone Girl, and still readers continue to be gripped and shocked by this tightly woven story about a husband's search for his wife. If you've managed to avoid any plot spoilers so far, Gone Girl makes for an exhilarating read.

What Mumsnetters said:

“I found this book almost unbearably tense. I thought it was very well plotted and the change of narratives, which are both written in the first person, added to the intrigue and made it harder to know who was telling the truth.”

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6. Her - Harriet Lane

6. Her - Harriet Lane

Harried mother Emma is flattered when a sophisticated neighbour offers her friendship. But as time unfolds, it transpires that this is not the first time the two women have met. What exactly does Nina want from Emma? And how far will she go in pursuit of it?

What Mumsnetters said:

“It speaks to all of us who have ever wrangled children. In fact I was late to work after spending an hour in the bath trying to get to the end. Bad hair day ensued.”

“I've just re-read it this week and still can't quite get this book out of my head.”

“There's a sense of unease that builds very slowly – very disturbing.”

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7. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters

7. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters’ pacey Victorian crime thriller tells the story of two orphans, one brought up among petty thieves – fingersmiths – and the other locked up in a gloomy mansion. Forming an unlikely friendship when they first meet, it soon becomes clear that their fates are inextricably linked.

What Mumsnetters said:

“I stayed up until 1.30am reading Fingersmith last night – I couldn't stop reading it. Such powerful writing, I just HAD to know what happened.”

“Fingersmith is as twisty as a game of Twister.”

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