Unpredictable books to keep you guessing

When we look for an unpredictable book we want to be surprised by the twists and turn of the plot or by the behaviour of a character. The phrase - ‘I would never have guessed that in a million years’ is the nirvana for this kind of reading experience. These are the books we race through – revelling in the unexpected and eager to discover the truth.

Unpredictable books offer a huge reading adventure – where anything and everything is possible. These are the ones that rip up the rules – it’s their raison d’etre and their dangerous attraction. Anything is up for grabs with character, plot and language. These are the books that buck the system – and if you’re a rebel at heart, they may be crying out for you. And if you’re more conventional in real life – these books offer a safe opportunity to live life on the edge. Chancy – yes. Thrilling - double yes. And if it’s step too far, close it up and walk away.

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The Singer

Cathi Unsworth

The Last Queen

C W Gortner


Thomas Enger


Annaleese Jochems

The Star of Algiers

Aziz Chouaki

Voltaire's Calligrapher

Pablo De Santis


Will Self

The Elephant Keeper's Children

Peter Hoeg

Hold Back the Stars

Katie Khan

Strictly Casual: Fiction by Women on Love

Amy Prior

Snitch Jacket

Christopher Goffard

Third Heaven Conspiracy

Giulio Leoni

The Summer of Dead Toys

Antonio Hill

The Vorrh

Brian Catling

The Crossroads

Niccolo Ammaniti

Devil's Peak

Deon Meyer

The Fat of Fed Beasts

Guy Ware

The Town

Shaun Prescott

The Crime Writer

Jill Dawson

The Limehouse Golem

Peter Ackroyd

This Breathing World

Jose Luis de Juan

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair

Joel Dicker

Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

Dubravka Ugresic

The First Time Lauren Pailing Died

Alyson Rudd

One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses

Lucy Corin

You Should Have Left

Daniel Kehlmann

The Devotion of Suspect X

Keigo Higashino

Karloff's Circus

Steve Aylett


Lars Iyer

Debatable Space

Philip Palmer

The Rest of Their Lives

Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Night Bus

Giampero Rigosi

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Deepa Anappara

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break

Steven Sherrill

Nova Swing

M John Harrison

Secret Passages in a Hillside Town

Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis


Hal Duncan

The Psychology of Time Travel

Kate Mascarenhas

The Prison House

John King

The First Verse

Barry McCrea

What They Do in the Dark

Amanda Coe


Benjamin Myers

No Bones

Anna Burns

Beatrice and Virgil

Yann Martel

The Book of Chameleons

Jose Eduardo Agualusa

City of Veils

Zoe Ferraris

The Crimson Petal and the White

Michel Faber

The Book of Proper Names

Amelie Nothomb


Pierre Lemaitre