Booking Through Thursday: Twisty

At Booking Through Thursday, this week’s question is:

Jackie says, “I love books with complicated plots and unexpected endings. What is your favourite book with a fantastic twist at the end?”

So, today’s question is in two parts.

1. Do YOU like books with complicated plots and unexpected endings?

2. What book with a surprise ending is your favorite? Or your least favorite?
I am definitely a fan of books with unexpected endings. Of course, they’re hard to screen for, because if someone tells you, “Oh, you’ll never guess what happens at the end!” then you know something shocking will take place, which ruins the whole darn thing.
So these books are surprises when you stumble upon them, and I’m pretty much OK with that.
Complicated plots are fine with me, as long as the author doesn’t doll it all up just to be fancy. That’s just plain tiresome. Some mystery authors really need to calm themselves on this count.
I have a secret hunch that many of the word-of-mouth blockbuster books have twists at the end. Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper and Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants come to mind. Will have to watch to see if I’m just making that up or if there’s actually something to it. (For example, does The Help have a surprise ending? I’m avoiding reading it because everyone else on earth is reading it, and that makes me cantankerously dodge a book.)
Anyway, here’s my least favorite book with a surprise ending:
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
(I nearly threw that book down in disgust when I read the last two pages. Have mercy.)
And here’s my favorite such book:
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
(though I’ll confess to being ambivalent about the ending… but it’s kept me thinking about the whole book and its ending for years now)

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