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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Beneath the Skin

Nicci French


Juan Pablo Villalobos

The Summer of Dead Toys

Antonio Hill

The Guilty One

Lisa Ballantyne

The Rest of Their Lives

Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

The Lonely Polygamist

Brady Udall

The Adjacent

Christopher Priest

Snitch Jacket

Christopher Goffard

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

Elif Shafak

The Fat of Fed Beasts

Guy Ware

The Crime Writer

Jill Dawson

My Elvis Blackout

Simon Crump

The Murder of Halland

Pia Juul

Find Me

Laura Van Den Berg

The Beauty of Murder

A K Benedict

The Fall of the Stone City

Ismail Kadare

What Lot's Wife Saw

Ioanna Bourazopoulou

The Vanishing

Tim Krabbe

The Limehouse Golem

Peter Ackroyd


Wayne Macauley

The Skin Palace

Jack O'Connell

The Crossroads

Niccolo Ammaniti

The Orphan Master's Son

Adam Johnson

The Psychology of Time Travel

Kate Mascarenhas

The Exit

Helen Fitzgerald

Night Bus

Giampero Rigosi

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair

Joel Dicker

The Bone Keeper

Luca Veste


Daniel Price

The First Time Lauren Pailing Died

Alyson Rudd


Benjamin Myers

Stone and Sea

Graham Edwards

The Testament of Yves Gundron

Emily Barton

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

Nova Swing

M John Harrison

The End of Mr Y

Scarlett Thomas

Karloff's Circus

Steve Aylett

Under the Skin

Michel Faber

Ducks, Newburyport

Lucy Ellmann

You Should Have Left

Daniel Kehlmann

All the Devils are Here

David Seabrook


T M Wolf


Hal Duncan

Landor's Tower

Iain Sinclair

There But For The

Ali Smith

The First Verse

Barry McCrea

One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses

Lucy Corin

Sealed in Stone

Toni Maraini

Encyclopaedia of Snow

Sarah Miano