Great books with lots of twists and turns

Books with twists and turns will blow your mind, grab you by the shoulders and shake all the certainties out of you. That’s why we love them – the tension, the pace, the classic cliff-hangers that keep us reading deep into the night. All decisions are removed from your hands as you surrender yourself to the roller-coaster ride that will take your breath away. These books come in many guises and they are not all thrillers or crime. All the books here promise that frisson of excitement combined with a trickle of fear.  At the heart of this cornucopia of stories and settings, you will find forbidden thrills, shocking endings, danger in unexpected places, dark and twisted humour – and plenty of What the F**k moments. So climb on board, hang on tight and prepare for your jaw to drop.

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The Orchardist

Amanda Coplin


Sergios Gakas

The Summer of Dead Toys

Antonio Hill

Twisted Truths: Stories from the Irish

Brian Ó Conchubhair (ed)

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

Aimee Bender

The Devil All the Time

Donald Ray Pollock

No Sale

Patrick Conrad

Hotel Bosphorus

Esmahan Aykol

A Room Full of Bones

Elly Griffiths


Jonathan Lee

When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man

Nick Dybek

The Beauty of Murder

A K Benedict

Sombrero Fallout

Richard Brautigan

Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow

Peter Hoeg

The House of Rumour

Jake Arnott

Blue Murder at the Pink Parrot

Ruth Ramsden

The Thief

Fuminori Nakamura

The Daughters of Mars

Thomas Keneally

Baghdad Fixer

Ilene Prusher


Laurent Binet

The English Monster

Lloyd Shepherd

The Confidant

Helene Gremillon


Cathi Unsworth

Bed of Nails

Antonin Varenne

Come to the Edge

Joanna Kavenna

The Teleportation Accident

Ned Beauman

The Beach

Alex Garland


Tom Campbell


Ed O'Loughlin

Happiness is Possible

Oleg Zaionchkovsky

Heavy Duty People

Iain Parke and Martin Robertson

The Light Between Oceans

M L Stedman


Adam Thorpe


Caroline Brothers


Nick Harkaway

The Orphan Master's Son

Adam Johnson

The Golden Scales

Parker Bilal

Easy Money

Jens Lapidus

Death and the Olive Grove

Marco Vichi


R J Palacio

Mountains of the Moon

I J Kay

The Barbarian Nurseries

Hector Tobar

I Hear the Sirens in the Street

Adrian McKinty

The Drowning

Camilla Lackberg


Judith Hermann

Slaughter's Hound

Declan Burke

Foreign Parts

Sarah Grazebrook

Life Knocks

Craig Stone

Unexpected Lessons in Love

Bernadine Bishop

The Uninvited Guests

Sadie Jones